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Police: Ray Rice knocked fiancée unconscious

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked his fiancée unconscious in an altercation at an Atlantic City casino during the weekend, according to a complaint filed by police, who said Wednesday they have referred the case to county prosecutors for review.

The revelation came as a video clip showing the aftermath of the incident was posted online. The 50-second video, obtained by the website TMZ, shows Rice lifting fiancée Janay Palmer by her arms out of an elevator in the Revel Casino and laying her on the ground. She appears limp as he pulls her legs away from the elevator’s doors and props her up.

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Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, said the online video clip was authentic but incomplete.

Rice and Palmer were arrested and charged Saturday morning with simple assault, then released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis wants everyone to know that his latest NFL suspension resulted from taking a supplement that contained a banned substance — and not a repeat of the recreational drug use that got him into trouble in the past.

The NFL said Davis has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. It is his second substance-abuse suspension — he sat out the final four games of the 2011 season after testing positive for marijuana.

The NFL’s competition committee is unlikely to make major changes to the replay system or playoffs this year. The committee discussed both issues during a meeting in Indianapolis but reached no consensus on either issue.

Auto racing

Rookie’s car goes airborne

The first full practice for the Daytona 500 ended after rookie Parker Kligerman’s airborne car ripped out a chunk of the grandstand fence.

Kligerman’s car ended up sliding on its roof halfway down the front stretch at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. No one was injured in the seven-car wreck.

Two qualifying races Thursday will set the field for Sunday’s race.


Bayern beats Arsenal

Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller scored second-half goals to give defending champion Bayern Munich a 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League second-round matchup.

In the night’s other match, seven-time champion Atletico Madrid won 1-0 at AC Milan on Diego Costa’s header off Gabi’s cross in the 83rd minute.


Venus beats Ivanovic

Venus Williams pummeled Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-1 in a second-round match between former world No. 1s at the Dubai Championships in United Arab Emirates. Williams showed the form that once delivered her seven Grand Slam titles.

Women’s college basketball

Former Aztecs coach sues

Former San Diego State coach Beth Burns is suing her former employer, saying she was forced out for demanding that women’s athletics be put on equal footing with men’s.

Burns alleges breach of contract in a lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court. It says she retired last April when told she would otherwise be fired.

The lawsuit claims the school told her she allegedly struck a subordinate. Burns said she never intentionally hit anyone and that the claim was an excuse to retaliate against her for demands that women’s basketball get fair treatment.

Burns was 295-186 in 16 seasons.


• The Dallas Cowboys won the coin flip to break their draft-position tie with the Baltimore Ravens and will select 16th in the first round of the May 8 NFL draft.

• Sporting Kansas City traded forward Teal Bunbury to New England for allocation money and the Revolution’s first-round pick in next year’s MLS SuperDraft.

• Top-seeded Richard Gasquet and defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga both reached the Open 13 quarterfinals with straight-sets wins in Marseille, France. Tsonga beat Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (10-8), and his French countryman Gasquet followed up with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic.

• Former U.S. collegiate standout Steve Johnson upset top-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2) in the first round of the Delray Beach (Fla.) Open.

• Fourth-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain reached the quarterfinals of the Rio Open in Rio de Janeiro, defeating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-1.

• Del Mar, the last race racetrack in Southern California with a synthetic surface, plans to switch back to a dirt surface in the summer of 2015, track president Joe Harper said.

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