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Sports in brief: Boxer Mayweather Jr. posts bail after grand larceny charge

Boxing

Mayweather out after theft arrest

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather was jailed briefly Friday on a felony charge after his ex-girlfriend accused him of beating her and stealing her cell phone during an argument in front of their three children this week.

Mayweather, 33, was released from the Clark County jail on $3,000 bail after being booked on a grand larceny charge. He could face up to five years in state prison if he is convicted of taking items valued under $2,500.

His lawyer, Richard Wright, denied Mayweather was guilty based on Josie Harris' allegations. "He did not commit any grand larceny," Wright said. "Josie can't find her iPhone. We're attempting to find it or replace it." An iPhone typically costs less than $500.

In a request for a family court protection order, Harris said Mayweather threatened to kill her Thursday. She said he was angry about her relationship with another man, then punched her and twisted her arm. A 30-day protective order was granted. The document says the two lived together for seven years and separated in May after 15 "on and off" years.

Swimming

43-year-old Torres eyes sixth Olympics

Dara Torres has begun training for her sixth Olympics, she announced on the Live with Regis and Kelly television show. Torres, who is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, started swimming five weeks ago in preparation for the 2012 London Games.

The former Florida standout will be 45 then.

Torres, who won three silver medals at the Beijing Games in 2008, says her "heart and head are like, 'Yeah, let's go for it.' "

Basketball

Argentina, Spain win worlds consolations

Luis Scola scored 27, Carlos Delfino added 26 and Argentina pulled away for a 73-61 win over Russia in a consolation game at the world championship in Istanbul, Turkey.

Argentina plays Spain for fifth place. Juan Carlos Navarro scored 26 as Spain beat Slovenia 97-80.

The United States plays fellow unbeaten Lithuania today in the first semifinal, followed by undefeated Turkey against Serbia. The championship game is Sunday night.

Hockey

Lightning signs wing

The Lightning signed Alex Hutchings to a standard three-year, entry-level contract. The left wing, 19, was drafted 93rd overall in 2009. He had 47 goals, 81 points and was plus-44 in 68 games last season for Barrie of the Ontario junior league.

PROSPECTS Tournament: The Lightning begins play tonight vs. the Blues in the eight-team event in Traverse City, Mich.

ET CETERA

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Penn State stretched its record winning streak to 109 matches, beating host Florida 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 25-14, 25-23) in front of 6,022, the fifth-largest volleyball crowd in Gators history. …Eckerd upset Pittsburg State 3-1 (27-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-21) at the Peggy Martin Challenge in Warrensburg, Mo. Pittsburg State is ranked No. 20 in Division II.

College soccer: Florida's McKenzie Barney scored 15 seconds into overtime as the No. 6 Gators women's team beat No. 10 FSU 2-1 in Tallahassee. … Shane Wixted and Shawn Chin scored goals, and the USF men beat visiting Virginia Tech 2-0.

Cycling: The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued a lifetime ban to Duane Dickey for a second violation for use and possession of the banned endurance-boosting hormone EPO and his refusal to give a sample for testing. Dickey, who refused an out-of-competition test May 11, was previously suspended for one year in 2002 after testing positive for banned substances.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Boxer Mayweather Jr. posts bail after grand larceny charge 09/10/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 11, 2010 1:32am]

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