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2nd felony charge expected against McPherson

By BRIAN LANDMAN, FRANK PASTOR, TIMES WIRES

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 23, 2003


The state attorney's office in Tallahassee expects to file an additional felony charge of forgery against former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson.

Assistant state attorney Paul Driver said Wednesday police told him a handwriting analysis of a stolen check implicates McPherson. Once he receives the police report, he said he will amend the charges against McPherson accordingly.

McPherson, 19, already faces a misdemeanor for the theft of a blank check from a Tallahassee business and a felony as that check was cashed for $3,500. McPherson entered a written plea of not guilty to those charges.

"If a charge is filed, my office as well as Adrian's parents are going to be disappointed and surprised by a conclusion that the handwriting sample is purportedly Adrian's," said Grady Irvin, McPherson's attorney.

Prosecutors continue to look at bank records to determine how many checks McPherson may have bounced before the theft of the check from R&R Truck and Auto Accessories on Nov. 18. FSU police are investigating rumors McPherson had been gambling.

NOTRE DAME: Safety Chad DeBolt might enter an intervention program that would see him pay a fine or perform community service to get a misdemeanor trespassing charge dropped, his attorney, Craig Williams, told a Jacksonville judge. DeBolt, 22, was with the Irish for the Gator Bowl and was arrested Dec. 27 for refusing to leave a Jacksonville Beach club.

BASEBALL: Rays sign minor-leaguer

The Devil Rays signed catcher Jorge Fabregas to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Fabregas split last season with Anaheim and Milwaukee, batting a combined .181 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 65 games.

PETE ROSE: Commissioner Bud Selig's top deputy, Bob DuPuy, met with Pete Rose and his business agent in Fort Lauderdale last month, part of negotiations that could lead to the reinstatement of the career hits leader. DuPuy would not comment. New York's Newsday reported that a friend of Rose said he was prepared to admit he bet on baseball.

DODGERS: Former New York sports executive David Checketts made a $650-million offer to buy the team, but the deal must include one of owner News Corp.'s moneymaking cable channels (Fox Sports Net 2), the Los Angeles Times reported.

MARLINS: Ten-time All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez agreed to a $10-million, one-year contract. Rodriguez played 1,479 games with the Rangers, hitting .303 with 215 homers and 829 RBIs. His deal includes a no-trade clause and an agreement that the Marlins will not offer him salary arbitration.

METS: Outfielder Roger Cedeno pleaded no contest to reckless driving in Bradenton and agreed to complete a DUI course. He also will serve six months' probation and complete 50 hours of community service.

RED SOX: Left-handed hitter David Ortiz's $1.25-million, one-year contract was finalized.

WHITE SOX: Reliever Rick White, a former Ray, signed a one-year, $750,000 deal. He split last season between Colorado and St. Louis, going 5-7 with a 4.31 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 61 games.

YANKEES: Jon Lieber agreed to a $3.5-million, two-year contract. Lieber was 20-6 in 2001 for the Cubs. He had a ligament in his right elbow replaced Aug. 7 and may not pitch this year.

COLLEGES: Ex-Bull joins Norway team

Former South Florida women's soccer standout Siri Nordby will compete for the Norway women's national team in the Four Nations Tournament in China. Norway faces the United States today. Nordby, a 2000 graduate, is USF's all-time leader in shots (252), goals (41), assists (28), points (110) and games started (70).

BASEBALL: League coaches picked Stetson to finish first in the Atlantic Sun Conference, and media picked Central Florida. UCF outfielder Dee Brown of Hernando High was named to the A-Sun preseason all-conference team. ... FSU's annual Fan Day is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Tully Gym. After the event, fans can watch a scrimmage at Dick Howswer Stadium.

VOLLEYBALL: USF's Michelle Collier, a two-time Conference USA player of the year, will play for the AMVJ club in Amsterdam.

ARENA FOOTBALL: Orlando tops Storm

Travis McGriff caught a 26-yard TD from Chris Wallace with 32 seconds left to lift Orlando 47-44 over the Storm in a scrimmage at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. Tampa Bay quarterback John Kaleo completed 8-of-13 for 62 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. The scrimmage served as a rehearsal broadcast for NBC, which will air league games.

ET CETERA

FIGURE SKATING: Russians Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin won the pairs title at the European Championships in Malmoe, Sweden.

MANAGEMENT: IMG founder and chairman Mark McCormack, a promoter ranked among the most powerful people in sports, remained in critical condition and unconscious in New York after a heart attack last week.

SAILING: Crocodile Rock, co-owned by Scott Harris and Alexandra Geremia of California, placed fifth in Race 5 for a two-point overall lead in the Farr 40 class at the Key West regatta.

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