Sports briefs 1/11/06

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Colleges

* Former University of Missouri running back Zachary Abron was charged Tuesday with felony possession of marijuana.

Abron, 25, of Wentzville, Mo., was pulled over in Lebanon, Mo., Monday afternoon for an expired registration. A computer check found a warrant for Abron for a misdemeanor assault and a subsequent search of his car turned up a clear bag holding what police said tested positive as 14.4 ounces of marijuana.

Besides the drug count, Laclede County prosecutors charged Abron with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to display valid plates and failure to show proof of insurance.

Abron left Mizzou as its all-time leading rusher with 3,198 yards. He had 42 touchdowns and 252 points in his college career and was signed by the Atlanta Falcons, but later released.

* Texas Tech assistant coach Dave Brown, who played in the NFL for 16 seasons, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack suffered while he played basketball on campus, the school said.

Brown, who had coached the Red Raiders' secondary since 2001, would have turned 53 on Monday.

He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers during his pro career. He coached cornerbacks for the Seahawks from 1992-1998.

Hockey

* The sale of the St. Louis Blues was off again Tuesday night after the NHL team ended exclusive negotiations with a potential buyer.

Representatives for owners Bill and Nancy Laurie, who put the team on the market in June, had been dealing with General Sports and Entertainment of Detroit since Dec. 20. Team president Mark Sauer said the period of exclusivity simply lapsed.

Sauer said the team would resume negotiations with other interested parties.

Tennis

* Rafael Nadal will not play in the Australian Open because of a foot injury that has sidelined him for several months.

Nadal, ranked No. 2 and the reigning French Open champion, said he plans to return at an ATP tournament on Feb. 13 in Marseille, France.

The Australian Open begins Monday in Melbourne.

-- From wire reports

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