National Sports Briefs
LANDOVER, Md. ó Plaxico Burress plans to turn himself in to police Monday morning in New York City and plead not guilty to criminal possession of a weapon, his lawyer said.
Benjamin Brafman wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Sunday that he was advised the New York Giants’ star receiver will be charged after accidentally shooting himself in the right thigh.
“I would ask that his fans, the Giants and the media withhold judgment in this matter until all of the facts have been disclosed,” Brafman wrote to the AP.
Burress shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub Friday night and was released from a hospital early Saturday, the Giants said.
“As far as we know, he’s going to be OK,” general manager Jerry Reese said Sunday before the Super Bowl champions’ 23-7 victory at the Washington Redskins.
LANDOVER, Md. ó Announced one last time as the “starting free safety” for the Washington Redskins, Sean Taylor was inducted into the team’s Ring of Fame before Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
With his mother, father, girlfriend and daughter huddled under umbrellas near the center of the field, Taylor’s name was unveiled on the upper-level facade of FedEx Field, joining 42 other Redskins greats.
His father, Pedro Taylor, told the crowd that his son used to say of the fans: “When you guys make the stadium rock, he begins to rock.”
“Right now,” Pedro Taylor said, “Sean is rocking in heaven.”
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. ó K.J. Choi holed an 11-foot birdie putt worth $270,000 on the 18th hole Sunday to win the 26th Skins Game with $415,000.
Stephen Ames missed a nine-footer that would have tied the hole and forced the foursome including Phil Mickelson and Rocco Mediate into a playoff.
Instead, Choi’s putt gave him $340,000 for Sunday’s nine holes and made him the fifth international player to win the title.
A-ROD, MADONNAMEXICO CITY ó A-Rod and Madonna were together ó in the same city, anyway.
New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was in the Mexican capital on the same weekend the pop star was performing there. It wasn’t immediately known if the All-Star third baseman and Madonna met while in Mexico City.
When asked what he thought about being in the city at the same time as Madonna, Rodriguez said it was “very good,” without elaborating.
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