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Sports briefs for Jan. 28, 2013

By From wire service reports

Ex-49ers lineman Harris charged with attacking ex-boyfriend

Former San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Kwame Harris was assaulting his ex-boyfriend at a Bay Area restaurant during an argument, the San Mateo Daily Journal reported Monday.

The alleged victim, Dimitri Geier, also filed a civil suit against Harris for assault, battery, false imprisonment, negligence, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

In the lawsuit, Geier claims that Harris got upset when Geier poured soy sauce on a plate of rice and later pulled Geier’s pants down and accused him of stealing his underwear.

Harris’ attorney, Alin Cintean, said Harris is innocent.

“This really is a pure self-defense case,” Cintean said. “(Harris) was attacked.”

Harris was freed on $75,000 bail. He faces seven years in prison if convicted.

Harris was a first-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2003.

Lions DT Suh helped rescue comedian from drowning

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is being credited with helping save comedian Louie Anderson from drowning during the recent filming of a reality show.

Suh and former Olympic diver Greg Louganis rescued Anderson from a pool during filming of a celebrity diving reality show called “Splash,” according to TMZ.

Anderson had to be rescued from drowning after practicing one of his dives. Suh and Louganis had to lift Anderson out from the bottom of the pool.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said last week he was not concerned about his star lineman’s involvement on the show, which airs starting in the spring on ABC. He said he would be more concerned if Suh were ice skating or sky diving.

NFL undecided about Pro Bowl future

NFL officials are undecided about the future of the Pro Bowl, according to

Sources told that there will be discussions internally and with players on the short- and -long-term plans for the game.

One source involved in the decision-making process said that the quality of play during Sunday’s Pro Bowl was much better than last year’s game but that does not necessarily mean the all-star game will continue.

Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to a question about the competitiveness of the game during a chat with fans on Reddit.

“I watched the game and noticed the improved quality of the game,” he said. “I appreciate the players’ commitment in this regard. We need to continually work to make our game better for the fans. I look forward to getting detailed player comment and input over the next few weeks.”

The NFC beat the AFC 62-35 in Honolulu but there were a noticeable number of empty seats.

Reportedly, a change being considered is moving the Pro Bowl to the Super Bowl host city, and continue playing it the week before the game. However, many players have said they prefer playing it the week after the Super Bowl.

Cowboys’ Ratliff had high blood alcohol level at time of crash

DALLAS — Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit when his pickup truck hit an 18-wheeler truck on Jan. 22, a police report said on Monday.

Ratliff, 31, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving at the scene of the crash. He was released from the Grapevine, Texas municipal jail last Tuesday afternoon on $500 bail.

Police in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine said Monday that Ratliff’s blood-alcohol level was .16, double the legal limit in Texas of .08.

Ratliff was the second Dallas Cowboys player to be arrested in an alcohol-related crash within a little more than a month. Josh Brent, also a nose tackle, was indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on one count of intoxication manslaughter on Dec. 28, in a Dec. 8 crash in Irving that killed his friend and practice squad member Jerry Brown Jr.

Brent had started for the Cowboys this season because Ratliff was sidelined by injuries.

Grapevine Senior Police Officer Sam Shemwell said Ratliff didn’t initially appear drunk after his Ford F-150 struck the 18-wheeler about 12:30 a.m. on Texas Highway 114 near the entrance to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. But he failed a field sobriety test. He declined a breath test at the jail so a blood sample was drawn for testing.

Neither Ratliff nor J.R. Wilson, the driver of the 18-wheeler, was injured. Wilson called 911 and reported that the pickup truck had flipped over, according to the 911 recording.

Kentucky-North Carolina resume rivalry next season

Kentucky and North Carolina will resume their rivalry next season after not scheduling each other this season.

North Carolina will host Kentucky in the Smith Center on Dec. 14 and then the teams will meet at Rupp Arena sometime during the 2014-15 season.

“I think it’s a great series for both schools and our fans as well as college basketball fans period,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said on the school’s website. “North Carolina and Kentucky have great traditions and, regardless of who you pull for, fans mark this as a must-see game on the schedule.”

North Carolina leads the series 22-13 but Kentucky has won three of the last four meetings.

Michigan knocks Duke out of No. 1 spot

Michigan took over the No. 1 spot in the AP top 25 poll, released on Monday.

The Wolverines (19-1) got 51 of 65 first place votes. Michigan moved up from the No. 2 spot after Duke got blown out at Miami last week. The Blue Devils (17-2) dropped from first to fifth in the poll.

No. 2 Kansas (18-1) got 13 first place votes while No. 3 Indiana (18-2) received none, but No. 4 Florida (16-2) grabbed the remaining top vote.

Syracuse dropped to No. 6 after being tied for third with Kansas. The rest of the top 10 is Gonzaga, Arizona, Butler and Oregon.

Louisville fell to No. 12 after being ranked fifth last week.

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