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Benson arrested on an assault charge

July 18, 2011

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Running back Cedric Benson was released from jail yesterday following an arrest on an assault charge in Austin, Texas, the second year in a row he has gotten into trouble in his home state. Benson, a free agent after leading the Bengals in rushing each of the last three seasons, hoped to stay with the team and worked out with players in Cincinnati during the lockout. Travis County sheriff’s spokesman Roger Wade said Benson was arrested in downtown Austin on a misdemeanor count of assault with bodily injury with family violence. Benson’s attorney Sam Bassett said in a statement that the arrest followed “a conflict’’ between Benson and a male former roommate. Last summer, Benson was arrested for allegedly punching an Austin bar employee in the face. That case is pending.

Hand fracture lands Guerrero on the DL Orioles designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken bone in his right hand. Guerrero has not played since being struck by a pitch from the Red Sox’ Kyle Weiland July 10. He’s batting .279 with seven homers and 31 RBIs. In other moves, the Orioles recalled outfielder Matt Angle and pitcher Troy Patton from Triple A Norfolk . . . The Twins placed righthander Scott Baker on the disabled list with an elbow strain, one day before a home series against division-leading Cleveland. Baker was scheduled to start the day game of a doubleheader today, but manager Ron Gardenhire said the pitcher still isn’t feeling right . . . The Padres placed shortstop Jason Bartlett on the paternity leave list and recalled infielder Everth Cabrera from Triple A Tucson.

Rookie Kirk triumphs in Viking Classic Chris Kirk won his first PGA Tour event with a one-stroke victory in the Viking Classic in Madison, Miss., shooting a 4-under-par 68 to beat Tom Pernice Jr. and George McNeill. The 26-year-old rookie tied the tournament record with a 22-under performance over four rounds, taking advantage of Annandale Golf Club’s soft greens and fairways. He broke a tie with McNeill on No. 17, hitting a 140-yard approach over water to within 5 feet for an easy birdie putt. The 51-year-old Pernice fell just short in his attempt to become the second-oldest winner in tour history, missing a birdie putt on No. 18. Kirk is the fifth rookie to win this season - only the second time that’s happened since 1970 . . . Russell Knox shot a 6-under 66 to earn his first Nationwide Tour victory, beating Billy Hurley by three strokes at the Chiquita Classic in Maineville, Ohio . . . Actor Jack Wagner earned his second title at the Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe, holding off a charge by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. Former NHL All-Star Joe Sakic used an 8-iron in registering a hole-in-one on the 167-yard 17th to earn a $1 million bonus. He will split the bonus with Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation for cancer research.

Soderling solid in taking Swedish Open Robin Soderling rolled over Spaniard David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-2, to win the Swedish Open in Bastad for the second time in three years. The fifth-ranked Swede, who has won four tournaments this year, dominated the clay-court final . . . Juan Carlos Ferrero overcame a long rain delay to defeat Pablo Andujar, 6-4, 6-0, in an all-Spanish final of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany. The 31-year-old veteran recorded his first ace of the match to clinch the first set. He rolled through the next six games to secure his 16th career title and first since winning last August in Umag, Croatia . . . Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez defeated wild card Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, 6-0, 7-5, in the final of the Gastein Ladies in Bad Gastien, Austria, for her fourth career title. The Spaniard is 4-1 in finals after winning in Bogota and Bastad in 2009 and Rome last year.

Magic’s Howard might play overseas Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard’s frustration with the NBA lockout has caused him to strongly consider playing overseas. Howard said in an interview with the Associated Press that playing in China or Europe is an option if the lockout doesn’t end. He stopped short of saying he’s in contract discussions with teams overseas. “I’m not at liberty to talk about it,’’ he said . . . Rookie Danielle McCray scored a career-high 22 points and Tina Charles added 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Connecticut Sun remained unbeaten at home (6-0) with a 76-71 WNBA victory over the Indiana Fever . . . Matee Ajavon scored 27 points and the Washington Mystics overcame a 22-point deficit in the second half to beat the Sparks, 89-85, in overtime in Los Angeles . . . Cappie Pondexter scored 18 points, Essence Carson had 17, and the New York Liberty cruised to an 88-57 victory over the Tulsa Shock in Newark . . . Brian Viloria (29-3, 16 KOs), nicknamed “The Hawaiian Punch,’’ won a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Julio Cesar Miranda (28-4, 16 KOs) Saturday night to win the WBO flyweight championship in Honolulu . . . Paraguay advanced to the Copa America semifinals by defeating defending champ Brazil in a penalty shootout, 2-0, in La Plata, Argentina.

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