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Vick in new deal with Eagles


PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Michael Vick agreed to restructure his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles and be in "open competition" for the starting quarterback job, his new coach said.

 

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Evans to defend NBA slam dunk title

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz will attempt to defend his NBA slam dunk title during all-star weekend, the league announced Thursday.

Evans will be joined in the dunk competition by Eric Bledsoe of the Los Angeles Clippers, Kenneth Faried of Denver, Gerald Green of Indiana, Terrence Ross of Toronto and James White of New York.

In a change of format this year, three players from each conference will take part in separate competitions with the two winners then going head-to-head for the title.

The 3-point shooting contest will include Indiana's Paul George, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, New York's Steve Novak, New Orleans' Ryan Anderson, San Antonio's Matt Bonner and Golden State's Stephen Curry. Minnesota's Kevin Love, who won the event last year, is on the injured list.

The All-Star Game will be played Feb. 17 in Houston.

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Man gets five years in tailgate death

COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A judge in South Carolina sentenced an Alabama football fan to five years in prison for the 2010 death of University of a South Carolina fan.

Allen Martin Gasque, 20, a University of South Carolina booster from Marion, S.C, died when he was run over by a pickup truck driven by a friend after being punched to the ground by Curtis Simms, 27, The State, Columbia, S.C., reported Wednesday.

The altercation occurred in a tailgating area not long after an Alabama-South Carolina football game.

Witnesses said both men had been drinking.

Judge Diane Goodstein sentenced Simms, of Columbia, to 10 years in prison but suspended the term to five years with three additional years of probation.

A jury found him guilty of breach of the peace of a high and aggravated nature, a seldom-used common law charge that carries a maximum 10-year sentence.

"I want to apologize to Mr. and Mrs. Gasque for the loss of their son," Simms said before sentencing.

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