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JANIK DECIDES BEST DEAL IS WITH LIGHTNING

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After fielding interest from several teams but not getting the one-way deal he sought, defenseman Doug Janik, 27, decided to stay with the Lightning. Janik signed a one-year, two-way contract Wednesday that would pay him the league minimum of $475,000 if he makes the squad. He will have to compete for the sixth defenseman spot, 7C.

Vick in court today for arraignment

Just two years after signing a 10-year, $130-million contract extension, Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and three others are scheduled to be arraigned today in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., after being named in an 18-page indictment detailing a dogfighting venture. A bond hearing is set for 3:30 p.m., and the arraignment is at 4. At the arraignment, they can plead guilty or not guilty. A trial date could be set. They are charged with conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in animal-fighting. If convicted, they face up to six years in prison and up to $350,000 in fines.

OUT OF BOUNDS

Boise pair head to altar amid security

Ian Johnson, the Boise State running back who scored the winning points in the Fiesta Bowl, then proposed to his cheerleader girlfriend on television, says he has hired security for their wedding because of racial threats. Johnson, who is black, and Chrissy Popadics, who is white, are due to be married Saturday in Boise, Idaho. Since his Jan. 1 proposal, Johnson said, he has received phone calls, letters and some personal threats from people who object to their marriage plans. "You take it for what it is - the less educated, the less willing to change," Johnson, 21, told the Idaho Statesman. "But we're not acting like we're naive to all the stuff that's going on. We know what's been said. We're going to make sure we're safe at all times. It's an amazing day for us, and we'd hate to have it ruined by someone."

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I think it would make me a phony. I absolutely love their organization, their commitment to winning, their owner's commitment to winning. But I took the Hatfields. And you can't ... switch families."

Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling telling HBO's Bob Costas that he would never play for the Yankees

DEVIL RAYS

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at Orioles, 12:35, Camden Yards, Baltimore TV/radio: FSN; 1250-AM

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