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Grand jury indicts Rice on assault

Ravens running back Ray Rice has been indicted on a charge that he assaulted his fiancee in an elevator at casino in Atlantic City.

Rice, 27, had been charged with simple assault after police said he knocked out Janay Palmer on Feb. 15 at the Revel Casino. But a grand jury indicted him Thursday on a more serious count of aggravated assault. It carries a sentence of three to five years.

Palmer also had been charged with simple assault. Prosecutors say that complaint was dismissed. Palmer's attorney has said he's certain no crime was committed. Rice's attorney, Michael Diamondstein, said Rice denies the charge and that the couple are happy and in counseling.

The Ravens issued a statement saying "we know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident."

BUCS COACH sees MANZIEL: Johnny Manziel threw for 75 officials from 30 teams, including new Bucs coach Lovie Smith, at College Station, Texas.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner threw more than 60 passes to six receivers, including former Texas A&M teammate Mike Evans, who is expected to be a first round pick in the draft.

"I felt like it was good," Manziel said. "(I) was obviously going for perfection, so had a couple balls hit the ground. One was on me. One was a little bit high. I could've got it down for him a little bit."

Along with Smith, eight general managers and seven other head coaches were among the group, including Texans general manager Rick Smith and coach Bill O'Brien. Houston has the top overall pick in the draft.

IRSAY's CASH: Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle when he was arrested March 16, according to the Carmel, Ind., police report. Irsay, 54, was arrested on preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated on a controlled substance and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

BILLS: A committee of team and local officials will examine a new stadium and attempt to keep the team in Buffalo. The move comes two days after the death of the franchise's owner, Ralph Wilson. The committee was a requirement of the 10-year lease the team negotiated in 2012.

DOLPHINS: Knowshon Moreno agreed to a one-year deal. The five-year running back had a career-best 1,038 rushing with the Broncos last season with 60 receptions and 13 TDs.

Eagles: Former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez agreed to terms, CBS and ESPN reported.

Patriots: Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork agreed to restructure his contract, ESPN reported. The new deal is for one year, $8 million, with $3 million guaranteed, ESPN said. It also has an option for two more years.

TITANS: Linebacker Shaun Phillips agreed to a multiyear deal. Terms were not announced. Phillips has 79½ sacks over 10 seasons. He played with the Broncos last season.

Grand jury indicts Rice on assault 03/27/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:59pm]
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