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December 12, 1992

DETROIT (AP) _ Drunken driving charges have been reduced against a Detroit Red Wings player who failed sobriety tests when he was stopped after being chased by police.

Sheldon Kennedy, 23, will be sentenced Thursday for reckless driving. Kennedy reached a plea agreement with Taylor authorities, who dropped a drunken driving charge against him, the Detroit Free Press reported today.

Kennedy was not given preferential treatment, said Thomas Bidari, Taylor assistant city attorney. But Taylor District Judge Anthony Nicita said the plea-bargain was ″out of the ordinary.″

Taylor Police Officer David Strominger was patrolling Interstate 94 about 10:45 p.m. Sept. 18 when he saw Kennedy’s Jeep speed by at 75 mph, police and court records show.

Kennedy drove onto the right shoulder of the highway to pass a car, then failed to stop when Strominger signalled him to pull over, records show.

The Jeep exited the highway and stopped at a gas station, where Strominger saw Kennedy switch places with a man in the back seat.

When he exited the Jeep Kennedy smelled of alcohol, and he was unable to recite the alphabet, count backwards from 100 or walk a straight line, Strominger said.

He registered a 0.14 blood-alcohol level on a breath test, the Free Press said. It is illegal to drive in Michigan with a level of 0.10 or higher.

Kennedy was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor punishable by 90 days in jail, a $500 fine and an automatic 30-day suspension of driving privileges.

Kennedy’s plea agreement was finalized Nov. 12, the Free Press said. Reckless driving is a misdemeanor punishable by 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Second-ranked Stanford has won the Mideast Regional volleyball tournament and a spot in the NCAA semifinals by beating No. 6 Illinois in four games.

The Cardinal prevailed, 17-15, 15-6, 15-17, 15-10, Friday before 4,316 fans at Huff Hall.

Stanford’s Bev Oden led both teams with 28 kills. Kirsten Gleis had 26 and Tina Rogers had 22 for the Fighting Illini.

Illinois led the first game 15-14 and had the ball, but a serve by Kellie Hebeisen hit the net. Stanford then scored three points to take the game.

The Cardinal coach Don Shaw called the match a ″heavyweight bout all the way.″

″We don’t want to be the prettiest team out there,″ he said, referring to the final statistics. ″We want to be the championship team.″

Stanford (29-3) advances to volleyball’s Final Four in Albuquerque, N.M. Illinois finished 32-4.

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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - Ove Nygren of Norway skiied through a near white out to the win the Fuji Speed Run at the U.S. Pro Ski Tour Park City Cup.

Nygren, just eighth fastest after the first run, led everyone in his second trip down the course to finish with a combined time of 47.226 seconds.

″I am strong in giant slalom and I ski the ruts well,″ Nygren said. ″The snow was soft and the light was little flat, but conditions were good.

″I skied well.″

Torjus Berge of Norway, who won last week’s speed event at Apline Meadows, Calif., was second in 47.419, while Magnus Berg of Sweden was third in 47.581.

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