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Marlins troubled pitcher arrested

AVENTURA, Fla. -- Troubled pitcher Scott Olsen of the Florida Marlins was arrested early Saturday after refusing to pull over and getting into a fight with police officers.

Olsen was booked into the Miami-Dade county jail on charges of driving under the influence, resisting an officer with violence and fleeing and eluding a police officer. He was released Saturday afternoon on $11,000 bond.

It was the latest in a string of problems for the 23-year-old left-hander, who returned to the Marlins on Friday night following a two-game suspension without pay after a confrontation with teammate and fellow pitcher Sergio Mitre. Olsen got the win in a 10-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The pitcher was at the stadium before the team's game Saturday against the Reds but brushed off questions about the arrest.

Olsen received a black eye last season from his friend and former teammate, reliever Randy Messenger, in an off-the-field confrontation in St. Petersburg. Olsen also got into dugout disputes with teammate Miguel Cabrera and then-manager Joe Girardi, who grabbed him by the jersey during a discussion.

This year, Olsen was fined an unspecified amount in June for making an obscene gesture toward fans in Milwaukee.

Police Lt. Michael Bentolila said Olsen was arrested in the Miami suburb of Aventura, where an officer clocked him driving 48 mph in a 35 mph zone and attempted to pull him over at about 3:40 a.m.

Olsen continued to drive about one mile, running a stop sign before stopping at his Aventura home, Bentolila said.

The pitcher got out of his car and sat down on a plastic chair in front of his home. When backup officers arrived and tried to arrest him, Bentolila said Olsen kicked at the officers, who used a stun gun on the 6-foot-5 pitcher.

• TRACK -- Alan Webb set the American record in the mile, running 3 minutes, 46.91 seconds at a sparsely attended meet in Brasschaat, Belgium.

Webb's time, the fastest in the world this year, bested the 3:47.69 run by Steve Scott in Oslo, Norway, in 1982.

Two weeks ago at the Gaz de France meet outside Paris, Webb ran the 1,500 meters in 3:30.54, also a world best this year. He beat Bernard Lagat for the U.S. title in June and appears to be in top form heading into the world championships next month in Osaka, Japan.

"It's just really been a tremendous year," Webb said.

Webb was the eighth fastest to ever cover the distance. Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco owns the world record of 3:43.13.

• FOOTBALL -- Making the College Football Hall of Fame was never a goal Emmitt Smith set.

"You dream of national championships and the Heisman," he said Saturday. "This was something never in your vision."

He never won a national championship or Heisman, leaving Florida after his junior year, but was enshrined Saturday into the hall along with 19 former college players and coaches. Among those also honored were former Outland Trophy winners Steve Emtman of Washington, Chad Hennings of Air Force, Bruce Smith of Virginia Tech and former Heisman Trophy winners Charlie Ward of Florida State and Mike Rozier of Nebraska.

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden also was enshrined under a new rule that allows those who are 75 and still coaching to be inducted.

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