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SEMIPRO PLAYER PLEADS GUILTY IN REFEREE ATTACK

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A football player admitted he slammed a referee in the face with his helmet at the end of an unruly semipro game in upstate New York.

Running back Leon Woods, 23, pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree assault for injuring referee Peter McCabe in Rochester in October. The plea deal came after a hearing in which the judge listened to an incriminating statement Woods made during a call from jail. As part of his deal, Woods will be sentenced in August to 10 years in prison.

McCabe, 54, suffered a fractured skull and had his nose and multiple facial bones broken.

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Et Cetera

Cycling: Former world champion and sprint specialist Tom Boonen, 29, of the Quick Step team will miss the Tour de France next month due to tendinitis around his left kneecap.

Swimming: Fourteen-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps will compete in four events at the Paris Open this weekend as he prepares for the U.S. championships in August. Phelps said he's aiming for a spot on the U.S. team for the Pan Pacific Championships, and the 2011 world championships.

Soccer: The Tampa Bay Rowdies named Jeff Kamis executive vice president of business development and Mike McAdams director of sales. Kamis was the public relations director for the Bucs for 10 years.

Softball:Eileen Canney allowed four hits and two earned runs in her first appearance for the United States, leading the Americans past New Zealand 12-2 for their second straight win at the world championships in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Fast facts

Florida Boxing Hall of Fame

What: 2010 induction

When/where: 11:30 a.m. Sunday; Crown Plaza, 5303 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa

Skinny: Twenty inductees, including Muhammad Ali, will be honored in a ceremony open to the public. Others expected to attend include promoters Don King and Phil Alessi, trainer Dan Birmingham, women's boxing pioneer Barbara Buttrick, ring announcer Bob Alexander, radio personality James "Smitty" Smith and former world contenders Gomeo Brennan and Frankie Otero. Along with the late Mike Birmingham, special awards will be presented to Tampa attorney Steve Yerrid and former BankUnited president Ramiro Ortiz.

Other events:Memorabilia show, autograph sessions, book signings and fist castings, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, at the Plaza. Tickets $5 advance, $10 at door. Tonight, a dinner and silent auction, with registration at 6:30 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $85, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Sunday, breakfast with the inductees, 8:30 to 10 a.m. ($20 advance only).

Information: Call (813) 884-7711 or visit floridaboxinghalloffame.com.

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