Ex-Olympic star Montgomery heading to plea hearing rather than trial

Posted: July 03, 2008

A former track star who had been scheduled for trial next week on heroin distribution charges instead has opted for a plea hearing today.

Olympic gold medalist Tim Montgomery's plea agreement hearing is set for 2 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Va., according to the court docket. Montgomery previously had pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial on the charge, which carries a minimum 5-year prison term.

Details of the plea deal were not available. The federal prosecutor's office and defense attorney James O. Broccoletti did not immediately return phone messages.

In other Olympic news:

* Light flyweight Luis Yanez will fight his removal from the U.S. Olympic team after requesting a hearing next week to appeal USA Boxing's decision. Yanez, a 106-pound fighter from the Dallas area, was kicked off the team Monday after he skipped 3 weeks of workouts.

* Midfielder Lindsay Tarpley scored an early goal and the United States' national women's soccer team beat host Norway, 4-0, in a pre-Olympic tuneup.

* Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius slowed on the final straight in his first able-bodied race in nearly a year, finishing fourth in Milan, Italy, and well outside the Olympic qualifying time.

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* Ex-Temple basketball player Jason Ivey has joined the coaching staff at the University of Hartford.


* Indiana University will give up two basketball scholarships for the upcoming season in anticipation of penalties related to the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate.

* Brandon Dillard, a redshirt junior wide receiver expected to contend for significant playing time for Virginia Tech this season, will miss the season after rupturing his right Achilles' tendon.

* Michigan running back Kevin Grady was arrested in Wyoming, Mich., and will be arraigned next week on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. *

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