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Sports Briefs


■ College Football
Miami's Pata murdered

University of Miami defensive lineman Bryan Pata was shot and killed on Tuesday at his apartment complex, school officials said. The shooting occurred about two hours after the Hurricanes ended their afternoon practice. Pata, a 22-year-old senior who grew up in Miami, was pronounced dead in the parking lot outside his apartment, and his death was ruled a homicide, Miami-Dade police spokesman Roy Rutland said. "Right now, we're just gathering ourselves and just trying to pull ourselves together," Miami athletic director Paul Dee said. Rutland said police were called at 7:30pm local time to the scene and found Pata's body. The circumstances around Pata's death were not immediately clear, and Miami-Dade police did not say who made the 911 emergency call after the shooting.


Porter fined over remarks

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter was fined US$15,000 for remarks made to a member of referee Tony Corrente's officiating crew during a 20-13 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 29. Porter was fined for unsportmanslike conduct on the play, two plays after linebacker Larry Foote drew the same penalty. The two penalties led to a field goal by Oakland during the Raiders' upset victory. Porter, a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker and one of the NFL's most vocal players, returned for that game after missing two games with a hamstring injury.

■ Boxing

Murder suspects denied bail

Harold Berbick and Kenton Gordon, the men charged with the murder of former world heavyweight boxing champion Trevor Berbick, were denied bail in a court appearance in Buff Bay, Jamaica, on Tuesday. Harold Berbick, the 20-year-old nephew of the slain fighter, and Gordon, 18, were kept in custody and ordered by judge Andrea Collins to return to Buff Bay Resident Magistrates Court on No. 17. Collins ordered that Gordon, who was without legal representation, be assigned a lawyer by the Legal Aid Clinic, an arm of the government that provides legal representation to citizens at reduced cost. Carl McDonald, Harold Berbick's attorney, sought bail but the bid was rejected by Collins. Harold Berbick, a computer technician and sound system operator, and plumber Gordon where charged with the slaying four days ago. They both lived in the Portland area where the ex-champion was born and where he returned in 2001. Trevor Berbick was found dead in a churchyard near his home. He was last seen alive leaving a bar on Oct, 28. He was found several hours later with several wounds to the back of his head.

■ Ice Hockey

Schedule likely to remain

The National Hockey League's unbalanced schedule is sticking around, at least for one more season. During a five-hour meeting in Tortonto on Tuesday, the league's 30 general managers debated the schedule, which has teams playing some clubs more than others, but couldn't come to a consensus on how the 82-game slate should be comprised. So, the likely plan is to keep things as they are through the 2007-2008 season. "We're really just beginning the second year of what's set up as a three-year cycle, and I think I would prefer to see how it unfolds over a longer time period," Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey said. The debate rages on and will continue at the NHL Board of Governors meeting next month in Palm Beach, Florida.

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