Redskins' Westbrook charged with DUI

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Redskins' Westbrook charged with DUI

Washington Redskins cornerback Byron Westbrook was arrested on a drunken driving charge early Friday after a Charles County sheriff's deputy saw him driving erratically on a state highway in Waldorf, the sheriff's department said.

Westbrook, 25, who lives in Herndon, was driving a gray Mercedes on Route 5 near Lakewood Place shortly before 2 a.m. when the deputy saw the car "cross the lane marker several times," said Diane Richardson, a department spokeswoman. After stopping Westbrook, who was alone, the deputy "detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" in the vehicle, Richardson said.

She said Westbrook failed "several field sobriety tests" and declined to take a breath test. After being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired, negligent driving and failing to stay on the right side of the road, he was released to await a court appearance, Richardson said. His arrest was first reported on the Web site of WRC-TV (Channel 4).

The Redskins said in a statement Friday that they are aware of the charges Westbrook faces.

"We take these issues very seriously," General Manager Bruce Allen said in a prepared statement. "Moving forward, we plan to meet with Byron and will continue to monitor the situation."

Westbrook did not immediately return messages seeking comment Friday. Westbrook appeared in 15 of the Redskins' 16 games last season, mostly on special teams.

The most serious charge he faces, driving under the influence of alcohol, is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, in addition to a six-month driver's license suspension.

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Minnesota Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie must pay back the NFL for his non-participation in the Pro Bowl. The NFL said Friday it will require a $4,285 reimbursement from McKinnie for expenses incurred that week in Miami. McKinnie skipped most of the team practices and obligations, and was then dismissed from the NFC all-star squad.

NFL spokesman Randall Liu also said McKinnie has forfeited his $22,500 game check. . . .

Ex-Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon is the new owner of the Chicago Slaughter of the Continental Indoor Football League.

COLLEGES

Left-hander Danny Hultzen (St. Albans) won the season opener for Virginia, ranked second by Baseball America. Hultzen allowed two runs on four hits in six innings in a 6-2 victory at 18th-ranked East Carolina. As a hitter, he was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.

Tyler Wilson pitched three scoreless innings for the save. Third baseman Steven Proscia was 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBI. . . .

Jasmine Thomas (Oakton) scored 20 points and No. 8 Duke pulled away in the second half to top No. 19 Georgia Tech, 64-50, in a women's basketball game in Atlanta. . . .

Mississippi football walk-on hopeful Bennie Abram, 20, died after collapsing during the first day of team workouts.

GOLF

Paul Casey has yet to play the final four holes at Dove Mountain after three days of the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz.

That's because the Englishman has won all three of his matches 5 and 4, the latest over Brian Gay in the third round. The highest-seeded player remaining at No. 6, Casey will face Stewart Cink in the quarterfinals on Saturday. . . .

Joe Durant shot a 5-under-par 66 to increase his lead to two strokes in the PGA Tour's Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. . . .

Tom Jenkins and Jay Haas shot rounds of 8-under 64 to take the lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla. . . .

Suzann Pettersen of Norway took a three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Thailand tournament, shooting an 8-under 64 at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course in Pattaya, Thailand.

MISC.

Jamie McMurray has gone from winning the Daytona 500 to sitting on the pole in Fontana, Calif.

After a whirlwind week of appearances as the champion of NASCAR's season opener and biggest race, McMurray got back into the cockpit of his No. 1 Chevrolet and qualified first for the Auto Club 500 with a lap of 183.744 mph. . . .

Top-seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden lost to Michael Llodra of France, falling 7-6 (6-2), 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Open 13 in Marseille, France.

-- From News Services

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