NFL: Brent trial expected to start today
January 13, 2014 10:55 AM

DALLAS (AP) — A former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle is to go on trial for the death of a teammate in a drunken-driving wreck.

Josh Brent’s trial was expected to start today on allegations that he was driving drunk and caused the death of his friend, college teammate and former Dallas practice squad player Jerry Brown in a December 2012 crash.

He is charged with intoxication manslaughter, but the jury could also find him guilty of manslaughter. If convicted, Brent could get anything from probation to 20 years in prison.

Brent and Brown were headed home early on Dec. 8, 2012, when Brent hit the side of a highway and flipped his Mercedes. Police said blood tests showed Brent had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

Oosthuizen wins tournament

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South African Louis Oosthuizen birdied his closing two holes to retain the Volvo Champions title on Sunday after an earlier eagle on the eighth.

The 2010 British Open winner shot a 4-under 68 for an overall 12-under 276 and claimed his seventh win on the European Tour. Oosthuizen finished a stroke ahead of fellow South African Branden Grace who also shot a 68 on the Durban Country Club course. It was Oosthuizen’s first success since winning this elite 36-player event a year ago.

Texas could approve deal today

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas regents are scheduled to meet by phone to approve new football coach Charlie Strong’s 5-year contract, worth about $25 million.

Final details have not yet been released, but the board is expected to approve the deal today for the coach chosen to succeed Mack Brown.

Strong spent the last four years at Louisville and he will be Texas’ first African-American head coach of a Longhorns men’s team. Strong went 23-3 the last two seasons at Louisville. He was introduced as the new Longhorns coach on Jan. 6.

The hiring of Strong upset at least one prominent Texas supporter, businessman Red McCombs, who publicly criticized the move but later apologized to Strong.

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