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DB Fuller faces another charge

By wire services
Published May 24, 2004

TALLAHASSEE - Baltimore Ravens defensive back Corey Fuller was charged with the use of a firearm in commission of a felony, the latest charge stemming from his arrest for allegedly running a gambling house.

Fuller was arrested last month and charged with hosting high-stakes card games at his house, the site of a shootout in January. The felony charge carries a possible five-year state prison sentence and $5,000 fine.

Along with the firearm charge, Assistant State Attorney Matt Smith said Friday Fuller was being charged with misdemeanor gambling.

"We expect the facts to show a different picture than what has been alleged," Fuller's attorney, Tim Jansen, said Sunday.

Fuller, a nine-year NFL veteran who started 10 games for the Ravens last season, spends his offseasons in Tallahassee where he starred in high school and at Florida State. He has also played with Minnesota and Cleveland.

Fuller continued to deny all the charges against him.

"When this is over, said and done with, I'm going to dust my feet off and get out of this town," he told the Tallahassee Democrat.

RAIDERS: The team has had serious discussions with quarterback Kerry Collins, who met with officials for two days at team headquarters in Alameda, Calif., this month and has been in touch with the team in recent days. ESPN reported that there is a verbal agreement and a deal should be done this week.

"He was here two weeks ago," Raiders spokesman Artie Gigantino said Sunday. "Right now, nothing's been done. It would be premature to say he's going to sign."

Collins, 31, had a physical and met with coaches, but didn't work out. The nine-year veteran was released by the Giants four days after they acquired No. 1 pick Eli Manning on draft day.

New York's Daily News reported that the Raiders could try to restructure starter Rich Gannon's deal, which has a salary-cap charge of $8.928-million. But it is more likely Gannon will be released.

NFL EUROPE: Ryan Van Dyke threw a 14-yard touchdown to Ben Nelson in the third quarter to lead the host Cologne Centurions past the Rhein Fire 7-6. Rhein quarterback Chad Hutchinson was sacked five times and intercepted by Will Hunter in the final moments as the Fire tried to get into field-goal range. Rhein had an extra point blocked in the second quarter.

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CHICAGO 53, INDIANA 37: Adrian McPherson and the visiting Firebirds were eliminated from the playoffs. McPherson passed for 252 yards and three touchdowns. The Rush clinched the Central.

GEORGIA 51, AUSTIN 34: Leon Murray threw five touchdowns and rushed for a score for the host Force. Former Storm quarterback John Kaleo threw five touchdowns, going 22-of-40, for the Wranglers, who are competing with the Storm for the final playoff spot.

ORLANDO 65, NEW YORK 41: Cory Fleming caught three of Joe Hamilton's four touchdowns for the host Predators. Hamilton was 14-of-17 for 168 yards and an interception.

COLORADO 45, DETROIT 42: John Dutton threw a 10-yard touchdown to Willis Marshall with a second left for the visiting Crush (10-5), which clinched a playoff spot and tied a record for best single-season turnaround. Last season, the expansion Crush finished 2-14. Detroit's Mark Lewis was short on a 61-yard field goal as time expired.

[Last modified May 24, 2004, 01:00:32]

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