Police have flagged a man for an illegal quarterback sneak.
Authorities said Brian Jackson, 31, dated two women by pretending to be Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Brian St. Pierre.
Jackson, arrested yesterday, was charged with harassment for allegedly continuing to contact both women after they learned of the ruses. He was also charged with criminal mischief for allegedly ruining a Steelers jersey owned by one of the women's neighbors when he signed his worthless rendition of Roethlisberger's autograph on it. The jersey was worth $75 before it was signed, police said.
In one of the scams, Jackson arrived at the woman's home on July 6, gave her an autographed football and pretended to be Roethlisberger, signing the neighbor's jersey.
* YOUTH SPORTS: A T-ball coach allegedly paid one of his players $25 to hurt an 8-year-old mentally disabled teammate so he wouldn't have to put the boy in the game, police said.
Mark R. Downs Jr., 27, of Dunbar, Pa., is accused of offering one of his players the money to hit the boy in the head with a baseball. Witnesses told police Downs didn't want the boy to play in the game because of his disability.
Police said the boy was hit in the head and in the groin with a baseball just before a game, and didn't play.
* AUTO RACING: Many fans who attended the boycotted U.S. Grand Prix last month will automatically receive full refunds. The race's return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway is less of a certainty.
Michelin and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that those with Speedway ticket accounts for the race will have their refunds processed automatically without needing to submit or sign any documents.
* PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY: Bruce Boudreau was named head coach of the Hershey Bears, the Washington Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate, on Thursday. He replaces Tim Army, who resigned to take the head coaching position at Providence College.
* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: The Maryland men's basketball team finished sixth nationally in home attendance average (16,632), earning a top 10 mark for the third straight season. The Terrapins posted 15 sellouts in 2004-05. . . .
Loyola men's coach Jimmy Patsos, a former Maryland assistant to Gary Williams, is leading a team of MAAC all-stars -- including former Herndon standout Brad Farrell (Loyola) on a trip to China. The team will play through July 29.
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