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Arrested fugitive is Ala. football signee's father

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Authorities say a man who was arrested after spending 16 years on the run for allegedly shooting his estranged wife while she was holding their 18-month-old boy is the father of University of Alabama football signee Reuben Foster.

U.S. Marshals spokesman Scott Sides says 41-year-old Danny Foster was captured Friday in Miami.

Danny Foster was originally arrested in Randolph County, Ala. after the shooting, which the woman survived. A young Reuben was wounded in the back.

Danny Foster was indicted by a grand jury in 1996 but fled the state before being arrested in California. Sides says he was extradited to Randolph County but escaped from jail in December 1996.

Reuben Foster signed with Alabama this week. Sides says Danny Foster took on a new identity in Miami and will again be extradited to Randolph County.


NFL greats appear in PSA favoring gun law reforms

NEW YORK — NFL greats Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshall Faulk are appearing in a public service announcement in favor of gun law reforms.

The spot released Friday is paid for by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which was founded by New York City's Michael Bloomberg and Boston's Thomas Menino. A solemn Smith speaks into the camera: "For the children of Sandy Hook Elementary." Then Tomlinson adds, "Demand a plan."

Faulk says later: "It's time for our leaders to do something." Mayors Against Illegal Guns says on its website that it "advocates for common-sense measures that will close deadly gaps in our gun laws and make sure law enforcement agencies have the tools they need to detect and deter gun trafficking."


BASKETBALL

Pistons center Drummond expected to miss 4-6 weeks

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Detroit Pistons rookie Andre Drummond is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a stress fracture in his back.

The Pistons announced the injury before Friday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs, who are banged up themselves. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili missed the game.

The 6-foot-11 Drummond is averaging 7.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He was selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge as part of All-Star Weekend later this month, but now his promising season is on hold.

The Pistons discovered the fracture of the fifth lumbar vertebra after Drummond was examined Thursday. He played only 8 minutes against New York on Monday and 5 against Brooklyn two nights later.

Drummond does not need surgery, and team doctors anticipate a full recovery with rest and rehabilitation.


SOCCER

Timbers' Bright Dike to undergo knee surgery

PORTLAND — The Portland Timbers announced that Bright Dike (DEE-kay) will have surgery Monday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The 26-year-old striker sustained the injury in Tuesday's preseason match against Seattle.

Dike, who represents Nigeria internationally, saw considerable action in the second half of last season, scoring five goals in 12 games.

Compiled from wire reports


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