Prosecutor declines to press charges against Roethlisberger
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not face charges after a college student accused him of sexually assaulting her at a Milledgeville, Ga., nightclub last month, authorities said Monday. Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright said the 20-year-old student's accusations could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and her lawyer said in a letter that she did not want to press charges.
Bright said the investigation showed the woman was heavily intoxicated that night. She and her sorority sisters had met Roethlisberger at a different bar earlier in the night, and he invited them into a VIP area at the Capital City club and ordered them shots. When the woman walked down a hallway to a small bathroom, Roethlisberger followed her.
What happened in that bathroom is unclear, Bright said. A doctor who examined the woman could not say if she was raped, and while some DNA was found, there was not enough to determine to whom it belonged.
"We are not condoning Mr. Roethlisberger's actions that night," Bright said. "But we do not prosecute morals. We prosecute crimes."
■ A Pittsburgh judge has dismissed disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges against Steelers kicker Jeff Reed. Reed had been charged after an October 2009 confrontation with police outside of a bar. Judge Richard King dropped two charges against Reed in March and told Reed he would also dismiss the remaining two charges if Reed completed community service. Reed did his community service with the Salvation Army.
■ Newly acquired Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes was suspended Monday without pay by the NFL for the first four regular-season games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The league announced the suspension a day after the Jets acquired the talented but troubled Holmes from the Steelers. Holmes, the 2009 Super Bowl MVP, is eligible to participate in the team's off-season program and in all pre-season practices and games. Holmes, 26, is also facing a lawsuit in Florida from a woman who claims he threw a glass at her, cutting her above the eye, in an Orlando nightclub. A witness has since taken responsibility, according to Holmes' lawyer.
■ Cincinnati Bengals right guard Bobbie Williams has agreed to a two-year deal to stay with the team, keeping intact the offensive line from last season. Williams, 33, started all 17 games at right guard, including a playoff loss to the Jets. Williams has been with the Bengals for the last six seasons, and wanted to stay even though he was an unrestricted free agent.
■ Jason Campbell has signed his $3.1 million tender with the Washington Redskins, taking him off the market as a restricted free agent while leaving open the possibility of a trade. Campbell was given permission to explore a trade after Donovan McNabb was acquired from Philadelphia last week. Campbell couldn't find a team that would make a suitable offer to him as a restricted free agent, so he signed the tender Monday.
■ Missouri billionaire Stan Kroenke has decided to exercise his matching rights and try to purchase the remaining 60 percent share of the St. Louis Rams. Kroenke made the announcement late Monday, the deadline for him to make this decision.
Watson gets invitation to U.S. Open
Tom Watson received a special exemption Monday to play in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where he won his only U.S. Open in 1982 with a memorable chip-in to beat Jack Nicklaus. The exemption was announced a day after the 60-year-old Watson turned in another impressive performance at a major, tying for 18th at the Masters. In his previous major, he lost the British Open in a playoff.
■ Phil Mickelson's victory in the Masters Tournament helped drive television ratings for Sunday's final round on CBS up by 36 percent from 2009. With Mickelson and Tiger Woods among the final four golfers on the course, the fourth round of the Masters was seen in 12 percent of U.S. households in the top 56 media markets, the CBS Corp. network said in a news release, citing Nielsen Media Research. That's a 36 percent increase over last year, when Argentina's Angel Cabrera beat Kentuckian Kenny Perry in a playoff, and the third- highest final round of any golf tournament since at least 1986.
Trainer of Lexington Stakes entrant dies
Longtime Thoroughbred trainer Alan Seewald, who had a horse that could run in the Kentucky Derby this year, died Monday at his home in Middletown, N.J., according to a report from Monmouth Park. The racetrack did not identify a cause of death. Seewald's 3-year-old colt, Uptowncharlybrown, won the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs before running third in the Sam F. Davis. The colt is scheduled to run in Saturday's Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. Seewald won 962 times in 5,757 races, including 22 stakes victories.
■ Rachel Alexandra worked 6 furlongs Monday in her second major workout since returning to Churchill Downs. The 2009 Horse of the Year covered the distance in 1:12 under exercise rider Dominic Terry. It was the fastest of seven workouts at the distance. Trainer Steve Asmussen said he will look at how the 4-year-old filly recovers while considering when she'll race next. He called the workout "very impressive and fast."
Little Caesars Bowl extended to 2013
Organizers of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl say they have a deal that will pit Big Ten and Mid-American conference teams against each other yearly through 2013. The deal announced Monday calls for the No. 8 bowl-eligible Big Ten team to face the No. 1 or No. 2 MAC team at Detroit's Ford Field for the December game.
■ Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik fired Coach Rick Tocchet and General Manager Brian Lawton on Monday after the struggling franchise missed the playoffs for the third straight season. It will be the team's third coaching change in two years.
■ The pair that managed the silver-medal hockey team at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver will lead the U.S. team again at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship. USA Hockey said Monday that Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke would be general manager for the U.S. team for the event May 7-23 in Germany. Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile will be assistant general manager. New York Islanders Coach Scott Gordon will coach the men's national team.
■ Flavio Briatore will have no part in Formula One until 2013, after the sport's governing body accepted his offer to end an appeal of his lifetime ban. The former Renault team principal was sanctioned for ordering driver Nelson Piquet Jr. to crash on purpose. Briatore will also not be allowed to take part in any FIA activities until the end of the 2011 season.
■ Second-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia split with American coach Todd Martin on Monday, but the 2008 Australian Open champion plans to continue working with Marian Vajda. The 22-year-old Djokovic started working with Martin last August, but he said it became complicated working with two coaches whose styles were different.
The last word
Former Seattle Mariners star left-hander Randy Johnson, who announced his retirement from baseball in January, threw out the first pitch at Seattle's home opener Monday, but before the game he joked that he was so out of condition, they might have to find a ringer:
"Maybe we can find someone that's 6-10 out in the street that's got a good arm.