Gass going to arbitration

SUN NEWS SERVICES

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Edmonton Eskimo middle linebacker A.J. Gass will have his suspension appeal heard today by an independent arbitrator.

Gass was handed the one-game suspension earlier this month after being ejected from an Aug. 4 game against the Calgary Stampeders for throwing an opposing players helmet 35 yards downfield following a skirmish.

Should the suspension be upheld, as it was by the CFL, Gass could miss Monday's Labour Day clash against the same Stampeder squad.

Meanwhile, a couple months after they were released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, CFL veterans Mike Morreale and Rob Hitchcock officially announced their retirement yesterday.

Neither has played this season after being cut by the Ticats just prior to the start of the regular season on June 19. The pair will be honoured by the team during a halftime ceremony at Monday's Labour Day Classic game against Toronto.

"We're honoured Rob and Mike have announced their retirement as Tiger-Cats," team president Scott Mitchell said in a release. "Through their 20 combined seasons with the Ticats, both individuals demonstrated that they are tremendous players but even better people."

BEARS BRIGGS CHARGED

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after crashing his Lamborghini and leaving it alongside an expressway on the city's North Side, Illinois State Police said yesterday.

After meeting with police, Briggs also was cited for failure to give immediate notice of an accident and improper lane usage.

Briggs was released after posting $100 bond US. He is scheduled to appear Oct. 4 in a Cook County court.

A.I.'S STEPDAD BUSTED

NBA star Allen Iverson's stepfather was indicted on federal drug distribution charges after police said they found crack cocaine in his car in April.

Michael Andre Freeman, 51, will remain jailed until his bond hearing Friday. He was to have been in court Aug. 24 but the hearing was postponed a week to give him time to find a lawyer, the U.S. District Court clerk's office said yesterday.

Freeman was Iverson's mentor while the Denver Nuggets guard grew up in Newport News and Hampton.

He was indicted June 13 on federal charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute. Newport News police arrested Freeman in April. At the time, police said an officer who stopped Freeman for a minor traffic violation found the crack in the vehicle.

IIHF SKED RELEASED

Canada opens defence of its gold medal at the IIHF World Hockey Championship against Slovenia at the Metro Centre in Halifax.

The game will be played on May 2 and will be among the first world championship games ever played in Canada. The country is hosting the event for the first time.

The tournament schedule was released yesterday.

Canada plays further games in Halifax against Latvia on May 4 and the U.S. on May 6. It will play seven games in the city in total, including a quarter-final, before moving to Quebec City for a potential semifinal and medal game.

The schedule in Quebec opens May 2 with Denmark playing the Czech Republic and Russia facing Italy at the Pepsi Colisee. Thirty total games will be played in the city, including both semifinals and medal games.

The gold medal game will be held on May 18 at 11 a.m. MT.


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