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Former NBA referee plans to plead guilty today

NEW YORK -- Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy planned to plead guilty in federal court today to charges alleging he bet on games he officiated, a person familiar with the betting scandal probe said.

Donaghy was to turn himself at Brooklyn federal court, the person, who was not authorized to speak about the case, said late Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

Donaghy's attorney, John Lauro, and federal prosecutors declined to comment.

Besides allegedly placing his own wagers, investigators also examined whether Donaghy provided inside information to others, including referees' schedules, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

• NFL -- The NFL's new guidelines on concussion management include a telephone hotline that will make it easier to report to the league when a player with a head injury is being forced to practice or play against medical advice.

The league's new concussion guidelines, many of which stemmed from a conference in June involving team trainers and doctors, were formalized Tuesday and will be sent to all players and other team personnel.

They include whistleblower provisions for individuals to report concussions with the telephone hotline and a booklet that will allow players and their families to identify symptoms.

• Tony Dungy has a Super Bowl title, a best-selling book and now a presidential appointment.

President Bush announced his intention to appoint the Indianapolis Colts coach to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The term runs for two years.

After the announcement in Washington, Dungy told reporters at training camp he was first asked about taking the position when the Colts visited the White House in April, a traditional honor for Super Bowl champions. Indianapolis beat Chicago 29-17 in February, winning its first title since moving from Baltimore in 1984.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- LSU has sold a record 68,230 season tickets for its upcoming football season, the school said.

Last year, LSU sold 67,700 season tickets. During head coach Les Miles' first season in 2005, the Tigers sold 66,100 season tickets.

LSU opens its season on Aug. 30 with a nationally televised game at Mississippi State. The first home game is Sept. 8 against Virginia Tech.

Last year, LSU averaged a school-record 92,212 fans for its eight homes.

• LOCAL BASEBALL -- The Carolina Reds 16U AAA Division team of Rock Hill went 5-0 and won the USAAA Snapple NIT Tournament in Gastonia, N.C., this past weekend.

The Reds topped the Kannapolis Cannons (twice), the Rutherford County Royals, the Elkins Eagles of Rock Hill and the Carolina Warriors 8-7 in the title game.

Kody Kirkland hit .800 with 18 RBIs and the Reds got solid pitching from Kirkland, Chris Skidmore, Miles Broome and Spencer Rash.

• TENNIS -- Andy Roddick bounced his racket after one poor shot, stared at the sky in disbelief after another. A little off at times, he still had that serve to pull him through.

Roddick relied on the best part of his game -- the nasty serve -- to set up a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory Tuesday night over Fernando Verdasco in his first match at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.

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