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EX-BUC Seferian-Jenkins REACHES Plea deal

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, cut by the Bucs in September after his arrest in Tampa on a charge of driving under the influence, reached a plea agreement Wednesday, pleading no contest to a lesser charge of reckless driving, according to court records.

Seferian-Jenkins, who now plays for the Jets, agreed to 12 months of probation, 50 hours of community service, a $500 fine, and he must attend a DUI prevention class, according to the agreement.

Seferian-Jenkins, 24, could still face discipline from the league.

DOLPHINS: Four-time Pro Bowl defensive end and former No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams was released Thursday. He had just 1½ sacks in limited action after signing a $17 million, two-year deal last offseason.


Ventura report will be private

Authorities in the Dominican Republic said the toxicology report on Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura after his fatal car crash will only be released to his family and attorneys. The results are important in determining whether the Royals must pay the remaining $20.25 million of his contract. The deal included a provision that could void payment for failure to perform because of injury or death from driving while intoxicated.

More Baseball: Mat Latos agreed to a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays. … Former FSU standout Randy Choate, 41, retired after 15 MLB seasons.


Danica's ex-sponsor vows fight

Nature's Bakery said it will fight Stewart-Haas Racing in court, saying it would not be bullied by one of NASCAR's top teams over a $31 million breach-of-contract lawsuit filed in a sponsorship dispute involving driver Danica Patrick. The company said it will file a detailed response and counterclaims that will "shed light on SHR's conduct both during the race season and after."

More Autos: NASCAR will no longer wait to discipline prerace rules violators. Some punishment will be handed out the same weekend. … Former champ Jimmy Vasser has shut down his IndyCar team after 14 years and seven victories.


NBA: Jimmy Butler put up 29 and made two free throws with 0.9 seconds left to lift the host Bulls to a 104-103 win over the Celtics. Isaiah Thomas scored 29 for Boston, setting a new team record with 41 straight games with at least 20. … Otto Porter scored 25 to lead the visiting Wizards past the Pacers 111-98.

Soccer: Manchester United beat visiting Saint-Etienne 3-0 in Europa League action.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer; Times wires

Sports in Brief 02/16/17 [Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2017 11:09pm]
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  1. Cue the Scott Frost to Nebraska speculation


    Nebraska shook up the college sports world Thursday afternoon when it fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

    And that should scare UCF fans.

  2. USF defense feeds on Temple offense to take NCAA interceptions lead


    TAMPA — Backed up in his end zone, Temple quarterback Logan Marchi scrambled, trying to elude a USF defensive end coming straight for him. Until then, Marchi hadn't had much luck hitting his receivers.

    South Florida Bulls safety Devin Abraham (20) sacks Temple Owls quarterback Logan Marchi (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
  3. No. 21 USF Bulls roll over Temple to stay undefeated


    TAMPA — They emerged from Raymond James Stadium's southwest tunnel on the 11-month anniversary of their public humiliation at Temple.

    Bulls tailback Darius Tice, who rushes for 117 yards, is elated by his 47-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead.
  4. Fennelly: USF thrashes Temple to stay unbeaten; too bad not many saw it in person



    No. 21 USF ran its record to 4-0 Thursday night with some payback against Temple, a 43-7 trouncing, no contest, as if anyone cares, at least judging by the paltry crowd at Raymond James Stadium. Where was everybody?

    Bulls cornerback Deatrick Nichols (3) celebrates with teammates after making a defensive play during the first half.
  5. Former Ray Tim Beckham's over being traded, or is he?

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — As the Rays reunited Thursday with Tim Beckham for the first time since he was dealt July 31 to Baltimore, it became very clear that not everything in assessing the trade is as it appears.

    Tim Beckham, here in action Monday against the Red Sox, has hit .310, with 10 homers and 26 RBIs since going to the Orioles.