10 football players investigated for hazing

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10 football players investigated for hazing

From Comcast SportsNetST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ten football players at Southeast Missouri State University may face discipline from the university for allegedly hazing teammates, but they will not face criminal charges, the university said Thursday.The university said in a statement that players wrapped the arms, legs and mouths of some teammates in duct tape, then carried them from the locker room to the field last Friday at Houck Stadium in Cape Girardeau. Two of the players were duct-taped together at their waists and legs, the university said.The incident lasted about 10 minutes before players removed the tape, the university said. No one was hurt. It wasn't clear how many players were victims of the alleged hazing.Names of the students involved have not been released.The Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney's office declined to press charges. But the university said its Office of Student Conduct is reviewing because hazing is prohibited. It wasn't clear when that review would be completed or what sort of discipline those involved may face. The university cited privacy requirements in declining further comment.The university took on a strict anti-hazing policy in 1994 after a fatal hazing at a fraternity. Student Michael Davis died from a severe beating while he was pledging the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Seven members of the fraternity eventually pleaded guilty or were convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

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Al Horford 'expected to draw free-agent interest' from Boston Celtics

Al Horford 'expected to draw free-agent interest' from Boston Celtics

Al Horford will reportedly have a long list of suitors when NBA free agency opens on July 1, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. The Celtics are one of eight teams expected to pursue Horford, a list that also includes the Hawks, Lakers, Rockets, Magic, Pistons, Wizards, and Nets.

Stein adds that, in addition to wanting to re-sign Horford, the Hawks are “trying to wedge their way into the Kevin Durant sweepstakes.”

Zach Lowe reported in February that Durant had interest in playing with Horford next season. They entered the league together in 2007 and have remained friends. If that’s true, it’s good news for the Celtics. They are the only team on the list of eight teams that can sign both Durant and Horford to max contracts without moving a single piece to make it work.

A few other teams, like the Hawks and Magic, would have to sacrifice talent to free up the necessary cap space. No reports have indicated Durant has interest in Atlanta anyway, only that they want a shot at him. Who doesn't?

If Stein’s report is accurate, the Celtics will probably look to pair Durant and Horford together as part of their pitch to the superstar.

Horford would solve Boston’s rim protection issues, and provide some spacing. And Durant would…well, you know the deal: he’s a Hall of Famer in the prime of his career.

Kevin O’Connor can be followed on Twitter: @KevinOConnorNBA