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Ex-Cowboy won't see prison

Former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, right, receives 180 days in jail and 10 years probation for a drunken car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown. His lawyer, Kevin Brooks, left, says, “Josh is still sad and grieving.”

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Former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, right, receives 180 days in jail and 10 years probation for a drunken car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown. His lawyer, Kevin Brooks, left, says, “Josh is still sad and grieving.”

DALLAS — Former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent avoided prison Friday and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years probation for a drunken car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown.

Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the Dec. 8, 2012, crash that killed Brown, 25, a passenger in his car. Brent, also fined $10,000, faced up to 20 years in prison.

Brent, 25, remained in custody after the hearing. One of his attorneys, Kevin Brooks, described him as "somber."

"I'm really kind of overwhelmed with the results," Brooks said. "It's kind of what we've been fighting for from Day 1. I'm happy for Josh. Josh is still sad and grieving, and that's something he's going to carry with him the rest of his life."

Brent's family members and supporters cried and hugged as the courtroom emptied after the hearing. His mother, LaTasha, spoke briefly as she left the courthouse, saying she was there to support her son.

Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, wasn't in the courtroom Friday. She previously publicly forgave Brent and said during Thursday's sentencing proceedings: "He's still responsible, but you can't go on in life holding a grudge. We all make mistakes."

Brent's blood-alcohol content was 0.18, more than twice the limit at which Texas considers a driver impaired.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, whose headquarters aren't far from the crash site, said in a statement it was "shocked and appalled" by the sentence.

Bucs hire two: Tampa Bay hired Mike Phair as assistant defensive line coach and Carlos Polk as assistant special teams coach. Phair was a Bucs scout from 2002-04 and the defensive line coach under new coach Lovie Smith in Chicago from 2011-12. Polk was assistant special teams coach for the Chargers from 2010-12.

Sharper case: An attorney for former standout safety Darren Sharper said there is no evidence to support an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman in New Orleans in September. Nandi Campbell said her investigation shows the woman followed Sharper willingly throughout the evening of the alleged assault. And Campbell stressed Sharper has not been charged. Friday, New Orleans police released a report on the incident, saying the unidentified woman said she was assaulted by a man who took her to his apartment after she consumed a large amount of alcohol. Sharper, who remains suspended from his job as an NFL Network analyst, still faces an unrelated charge of rape in Los Angeles, for which he was arrested last week. A pretrial hearing is Feb. 14. Campbell did not comment on the case because she doesn't represent him on it.

Bills: Jim Schwartz, fired as Lions coach Dec. 30, was hired as defensive coordinator. Schwartz, who replaces new Browns coach Mike Pettine in Buffalo, was Tennessee's defensive coordinator from 2001-08.

Giants: Offensive lineman David Diehl retired after 11 seasons and two Super Bowl titles. Diehl, 33, missed only 12 games in his career while starting at every position on the line but center.

Redskins: Tight end Fred Davis, who can become an unrestricted free agent in March, faces a six-game suspension under the substance-abuse policy, cbssports.com reported. In 2011, he served a four-game suspension under the policy. The report did not say if Davis has appealed or if there is a timetable for a final decision.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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