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SHOOTER SENTENCED: The gunman who wounded five Duquesne University basketball players after a school dance last year pleaded guilty Friday and will spend up to 40 years in prison.

William B. Holmes III, 19, of Pittsburgh, shot players Sam Ashaolu, Shawn James, Kojo Mensah, Aaron Jackson and Stuard Baldonado on campus on Sept. 17, 2006.

Holmes and some male friends had gone to the dance with two women. One woman flirted with some basketball players, leading to an argument after which Holmes and another man, Derek Scott Lee, 19, of Pittsburgh, opened fire.

Holmes was sentenced to 18 to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted homicide and aggravated assault charges. Lee was sentenced to seven to 14 years after pleading guilty to the same charges.

Lee received the lesser sentence because Allegheny County prosecutors determined that he fired two shots, neither of which hit anybody.

"None of the bullets that were surgically removed from the basketball players were identified as being fired from Derek Lee," Assistant District Attorney Mark Tranquilli told reporters after Holmes' guilty plea.

GEORGIA STAR OUT: Senior Takais Brown, Georgia's leading scorer last season who already was suspended for the first nine games this season, was dismissed from the team Friday. Coach Dennis Felton said Brown was kicked off the team for a violation of team policies but can remain at Georgia as a student. "I'm both disappointed and sad today to release Takais from the team," Felton said in a statement. "He can continue as a student here at Georgia and will remain on scholarship. It is my hope that Takais continues his work toward earning his degree, which is certainly within his reach this summer."


WINGS KEEP DRAPER: Detroit forward Kris Draper, a winner of three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, signed a three-year contract extension on Friday. The 36-year-old Draper has five goals through the first 10 games of his 14th season with Detroit.

Draper won the 2004 Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward and represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He began his career with Winnipeg, playing two seasons for the Jets before being dealt to Detroit on June 30, 1993.


MILLER WILL COMPETE: Bode Miller said Friday he expects to compete in the season-opening World Cup race this weekend despite a back injury. The 2005 overall World Cup champion, who split with the U.S. ski team and went independent this season, hurt his back skiing earlier this month and had been in doubt for Sunday's giant slalom. "I'll be at the start," Miller said. The season starts this weekend at Soelden, Austria.


WORLD CUP PAIRING: Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum are expected to be the two-man team representing the United States at next month's World Cup in China. Arron Oberholser originally agreed to play and chose Sean O'Hair as his partner but subsequently pulled out because he'll have surgery on his hand later this month. Weekley was then given the chance and asked Slocum — his close friend — to accompany him. The pairing has not been formally announced by PGA Tour officials.