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Johnson charged with

domestic battery

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Six-time Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson has been formally charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery.

The Broward State Attorney’s Office filed the charge Wednesday. Johnson faces up to a year in county jail.

Johnson was arrested last month after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home. He was later freed on $2,500 bond.

The confrontation came barely a month after Johnson married Evelyn Lozada, who is on the reality TV show “Basketball Wives.”

Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning and to file a written plea of not guilty.

 

Browns LB Fujita

begins practicing

BEREA (AP) — Browns linebacker Scott Fujita is practicing for the first time since his three-game suspension was overturned.

Fujita was banned from the team’s facility last week before a three-member appeals panel ruled in his favor and for three other players suspended by the NFL for their roles in the Saints’ bounty program. Fujita is expected to meet soon with commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the case.

Fujita did not play in the season opener against Philadelphia. He was reinstated to the 53-man roster Tuesday. Browns coach Pat Shurmur would not commit to Fujita starting this week when the Browns visit Cincinnati.

 

UConn’s Calhoun

says he’s retiring

NEW YORK (AP) — Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun is retiring and plans to announce his decision on Thursday, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

Assistant coach Kevin Ollie is expected to replace Calhoun, the person said.

Calhoun led the UConn program from obscurity to three national championships, but has struggled recently with health issues, including a fractured hip last month that has forced him to come to work on crutches.

The 70-year-old Calhoun won 873 games in 40 years as a head coach, first at Northeastern and the last 26 years at UConn, and put four teams in the Final Four, winning national titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011.