August 14, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services


Man indicted in gun sale to McNair's mistress

A convicted felon accused of selling the gun used to kill former NFL quarterback Steve McNair has been indicted on a firearm charge. A federal grand jury in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday charged Adrian J. Gilliam Jr. with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Gilliam, of La Vergne, Tenn., is accused of selling a loaded 9 mm pistol to McNair's mistress, Sahel Kazemi, for $100 two days before McNair was shot.

Laurel Park

Heros Reward main attraction in Saturday's Mister Diz

Heros Reward, who in his last start became the 19th Maryland-bred millionaire with a second-place finish in the Grade III Jaipur Stakes at Belmont Park, returns home to headline the $50,000 Mister Diz Stakes at Laurel Park, a 5 1/2-furlong turf test Saturday. Heros Reward has won 11 times in 32 starts, with six stakes victories including three graded stakes races.

Maryland football

Nose tackle Armstrong will transfer, Friedgen says

Sophomore defensive tackle Dion Armstrong will transfer from Maryland, Terrapins coach Ralph Friedgen announced Thursday. "Dion came in this morning and thanked me," Friedgen said. "He said he was sorry he disappointed me and decided he was going to transfer." Armstrong sat out spring football to concentrate on academics. He entered fall camp as the favorite to start at nose tackle. Armstrong played in all 13 games last season, starting three of the past four games. He made 22 tackles last year, including one sack and one tackle for loss. Maryland could look to redshirt freshman A.J. Francis to fill the void left by Armstrong at nose tackle. Senior Travis Ivey is expected to start at the other defensive tackle spot.

Et cetera

Douglas, Davis earn titles at National Ringside event

Tyrieshia Douglas, 20, and Gervonte "Tank" Davis, 14, of the Upton Boxing Center in Baltimore won titles at the National Ringside Boxing Championship last weekend in Kansas City, Mo. Douglas, 16-2, is a three-time Regional Golden Gloves champion, a member of the USA women's team and a two-time champ of the Washington D.C. Mayor's Cup. Davis, 84-4, is a three-time State Silver Glove champ, three-time Regional Silver Glove champ and two-time national champ.

Capitals: : Washington hired Arturs Irbe as the organization's goaltending coach. Irbe replaces Dave Prior, who recently resigned after 12 years with the club to spend more time with his family. Irbe, 42, spent 13 seasons in the NHL with the Sharks, Stars, Canucks and Hurricanes and was a two-time All-Star. He was a goaltending coach in his hometown in Latvia last season.

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