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BRIEFLY MCPHERSON TRIAL TO BEGIN JULY 14.

Byline: - Daily News Staff and Wire Services

Former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson will stand trial July 14 on felony charges he stole a blank check, filled it out and cashed it, an assistant state attorney said Tuesday in Tallahassee, Fla.

Prosecutor Paul Driver said he withdrew an offer of a ``global'' plea to settle three separate cases after McPherson's attorney filed for dismissal of all charges. The other cases are a separate felony involving bad checks and a misdemeanor charge of gambling, including placing bets on games in which he played.

``There is no offer now,'' Driver said.

OLYMPICS: With the Athens Olympics a year away, Sen. John McCain is pushing to have legislation reforming the scandal-plagued U.S. Olympic Committee signed into law by Congress' August recess.

HORSE RACING: The New York Racing Association's annual trip to Albany, N.Y., to tout the upcoming Saratoga season turned into a defense of its top officials against state allegations the organization is corrupt and mismanaged.

An attorney for the nonprofit company that operates three thoroughbred race tracks - Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga - issued a blistering response to Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's claims that ``crime was part of the culture at NYRA.''

BASKETBALL: USC point guard Brandon Brooks, who severely fractured his ankle last season, has been granted a medical redshirt, which ends his basketball career. Brooks played in just 10 games before the injury, averaging 4.5 points and 3.5 assists per game.

--Former University of Cincinnati basketball player Donald Little was sentenced in Cincinnati to 30 days in jail and five years of probation for punching his roommate last year.

MOTOR SPORTS: IRL driver Dario Franchitti will have season-ending back surgery within the next few weeks. He broke a bone in his back in a motorcycle accident in April.

HOCKEY: Twenty-three years later, the ``Miracle on Ice'' team is going into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minn.

The entire 1980 squad, which earned a shocking victory over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid, N.Y., en route to winning the gold medal, will be inducted along with four players, the Hall of Fame announced.

BASEBALL: New Pepperdine coach Steve Rodriguez retained assistant coach Rick Hirtensteiner and named former San Diego assistant Sean Kenney the new pitching coach.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jun 25, 2003
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