Sports Digest

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Fagerstrom earnsall-conference honors

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JUNEAU - Ryan Fagerstrom, a 2006 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, earned first-team All-Dakota Athletic Conference honors last week with Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.

Fagerstrom, a Black Hills State sophomore, caught 42 passes for 640 yards and five touchdowns this season.

The Yellow Jackets will play Carroll College on Saturday in the first round of the NAIA national tournament.

Former Juneau players square off at Bradley

JUNEAU - A pair of former Juneau athletes will face off in an NCAA Division I men's basketball game today when Bradley hosts Iowa State.

The Cyclones (2-0) feature former Juneau resident Charles Boozer. The freshman guard, and brother of Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer, moved from Juneau in middle school. He currently averages 11 minutes per game for Iowa State and 2.5 points per game.

Meanwhile, the Braves (0-1) feature former Juneau-Douglas High School star Will Egolf. The 2007 JDHS graduate played four minutes in Bradley's season opening loss to University of Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.

'Pacman' Jones intends to take plea deal

LAS VEGAS - Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones is prepared to take a plea deal that will get him probation in a Las Vegas strip club triple shooting in an attempt to salvage his career.

Under the written plea agreement obtained by The Associated Press, Jones intends to plead no contest to one charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a gross misdemeanor, in return for a promise to suspend a sentence of one year in county jail.

Las Vegas police identified Jones as the person who incited a Feb. 19 fight inside the Minxx Gentlemen's Club minutes before three people were shot outside.

Jones' Atlanta-based attorney Manny Arora said Tuesday the defense team believes Jones would have won a trial on two felony counts of coercion for inciting a fight inside the club. But a trial wouldn't have happened for six months or even a year.

MLS awards Seattle an expansion franchise

SEATTLE - The call came unsolicited, from a powerful Hollywood executive whom Don Garber didn't know.

The commissioner of Major League Soccer quickly learned Joe Roth wasn't just a soccer fan poking around at the idea of putting some money into the MLS. Roth was serious in wanting his own franchise.

"Cold call," Garber said. "He said 'my name is Joe Roth and I want to talk to you about coming into MLS."'

That was in February. On Tuesday, the MLS formally announced that Seattle would become its 15th franchise, beginning play in 2009, concluding the long wait for Pacific Northwest soccer fans.

The yet-to-be named team will play at Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks. The expansion Tuesday makes Seattle the league's 15th club and follows the rebirth of the San Jose Earthquakes, who will start play in 2008.

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