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Ex-Oregon cornerback Harris arrested after fight

HILLSBORO — Former Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been arrested after witnesses reported him fighting with his girlfriend outside a restaurant.

The arrest for alleged domestic harassment in Hillsboro on Friday comes less than a week after the 22-year-old player was cut from the New York Jets following an arrest for alleged marijuana possession. He had been signed to a reserve-future contract with the Jets in January.

Police were called to the restaurant. Harris was released Saturday after posting bail and is expected in court Tuesday.

Harris, an All-American in 2010, was dismissed from the Ducks in December 2011 after violating team rules.


Forbes poll tabs Tebow as most influential athlete

NEW YORK — Even on the unemployment line, Tim Tebow remains a popular presence.

The former Jets quarterback, cut by New York last week after one disappointing season and now a free agent, was selected as America's most influential athlete, according to a survey released Monday by Forbes.com.

Tebow had the most influence on fans, according to 29 percent of respondents, finishing ahead of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps (25 percent), Jamaican track star Usain Bolt (23 percent) and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (22 percent).

Forbes.com used surveys from Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research to determine the winner, and took into account Nielsen's measurement for a player's endorsement potential. The next-closest NFL player was Denver's Peyton Manning, who replaced Tebow with the Broncos last offseason and finished fifth in the survey.


SOCCER

Utah prosecutor weighs charges in soccer ref death

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah prosecutor said Monday he plans to decide soon what charges to file against a teenager accused of punching a soccer referee who later died after slipping into a weeklong coma.

Authorities say the 17-year-old struck Ricardo Portillo in the head last month during a recreational league match after the referee called a penalty against him.

Hours later, the 46-year-old went into a coma. He never regained consciousness and died Saturday. An autopsy was performed the next day, authorities said, but the results have not been made public.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said he and other officials are reviewing evidence and state statutes to determine the appropriate charges, which he expects to announce by midweek.

Compiled from wire reports


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