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Moss gets out of jail, eyes return to W.Va.

Published Sep. 16, 2005

Former FSU wide receiver Randy Moss went to jail every night this summer in Charleston, W.Va., and spent his days at West Virginia State College.

That arrangement ended Friday when Moss was released from South Central Regional Jail by Circuit Judge Charlie King. King sent Moss to jail earlier this summer when the athlete smoked marijuana while on probation for a misdemeanor battery charge. But the judge allowed Moss out of jail during the day to attend classes and left open the possibility he could be released in time to play football in the fall.

Moss plans to spend time with his 2-year-old daughter the next few days. Then the former West Virginia prep football and basketball player of the year will start talking to universities about football.

He was kicked off Florida State's team after the probation violation.

"I doubt very seriously if I'll leave the state right now," he said. That means Moss probably will sign with West Virginia, where he would have to sit out a year, or Marshall, where he could play this season.

"My attitude has always been to get my life in order," Moss said.

GOLF: Robert Floyd, a UF junior, shot 2-over 72 to finish tied for 61st at 17-over 297 in the 38th annual Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y. Joey Snyder of Tempe, Ariz., won with 4-under 276. The event, 72 holes of medal play, is one of the top amateur tournaments in the country with a field that includes many top college players.

TENNIS: Fifth seed Alberto Berasategui of Spain defeated countryman Emilio Alvarez 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinals of the Generali Open at Kitzbuehel, Austria. Alvarez ousted Thomas Muster on Friday. Alex Corretja, seeded 11th, made even quicker work of another unseeded Spaniard, Juan-Albert Viloca, winning 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

BOXING: Former heavyweight champion and current New York State Athletic Commission chairman Floyd Patterson does not suffer from serious memory lapses, his wife says. "I've heard these negative things said about my husband," Janet Patterson said. "But I can assure you he's well and I'm certain of it because his annual checkup found him to be fine in every way." When asked if she had noticed any changes in her husband in the past year, Patterson's wife of 31 years said, "Yes, I've seen a difference, but I've seen it in myself and everyone else. We get older and we forget things. But with Floyd, you have to know that he was never any good at remembering names." Miguel Martinez (32-10-1) stopped Francisco Carrasco (15-9-2) at 2:27 of the fourth round in a flyweight bout at Los Angeles.

HORSE RACING: Capote Belle ran her winning streak to four as she sped to a stakes record-tying victory at the $150,000 Test Stakes at Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

ET CETERA: Michael Jordan was picked as Player of the Half Century by Sport magazine, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Max Winter, who helped build the Minneapolis Lakers into one of the great dynasties in sports history and brought pro football to Minnesota, died. He was 93.

_ Compiled from Times wires

NBA: An arrest warrant was issued for Golden State's Joe Smith on a felony charge of malicious wounding in connection with a brawl that ended with a male dancer badly cut. The charge generally carries sentences from five years to life. Witnesses said Smith was in a group that attacked a male exotic dancer at a bar in Chesapeake, Va., about 1 a.m. Friday. Dancer David Turner claimed Smith smashed a bottle on the back of Carlton Coney, causing a gash that required 22 stitches. Turner said the 6-foot-10 Smith and about 10 others became angry when the dancers would not end their show by midnight, when Smith's 21st birthday party was to begin.