Sports news briefs — Feb. 18

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NFL

Weapons charges for Tampa’s Bowers

• Authorities said an NFL player has been arrested at a New York airport after police found a loaded handgun in his luggage.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da‘Quan Bowers was awaiting arraignment Monday on charges of criminal possession of a weapon.

Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport as he was about to board a US Airways flight to Raleigh, N.C. Authorities say the loaded .40-caliber weapon was found during a search of his carry-on bag.

A Queens district attorney’s office spokeswoman said Bowers will be charged in Criminal Court.

Bowers played college football for Clemson University and was chosen by the Buccaneers in the 2011 NFL Draft.

• The Chiefs have signed former Vikings safety Husain Abdullah, who gave up football last season to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, in an attempt to add depth to their defensive backfield. A practicing Muslim, Abdullah turned down a contract offer from Minnesota to speak at mosques across the country along with his brother, former Cardinals defensive back Hamza Abdullah. The two of them then journeyed to Saudi Arabia. Hussain Abdullah entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2008. The former Washington State star made 24 starts in 54 games over the next four seasons for the Vikings, making 167 tackles and two sacks with four interceptions. He also was a contributor on special teams.

Colleges

Ex-N.C. State coach arrested over taxes

• Former North Carolina State basketball coach Sidney Lowe was arrested and charged with failing to file his North Carolina state income taxes for three years. Lowe didn’t file returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011 — the last three years he coached the Wolfpack, according to the state Department of Revenue. He was booked at the Wake County jail and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond on the misdemeanor charges. Lowe was paid a base salary of around $210,000 per year. That was boosted to $760,000 with television and radio commitments, and with bonuses and endorsements could have been up to $900,000 a year. A contract settlement after his 2011 resignation was expected to pay Lowe around $900,000, athletic director Debbie Yow said then. Lowe is currently an assistant coach for the Utah Jazz. The team’s general manager Dennis Lindsey and coach Tyrone Corbin wouldn’t comment about Lowe’s arrest.

• The Missouri Valley Conference has disciplined the officiating crew from Sunday night’s Wichita State-Illinois State game after it awarded technical foul shots to the wrong player in the closing seconds of the game. The league office said in a statement the crew of David Hall, Gerry Pollard and Paul Janssen wrongly awarded two foul shots to the Shockers’ Cleanthony Early after calling a Flagrant 1 technical foul on Illinois State star Jackie Carmichael with 40 seconds left. The officials reviewed video during a stoppage in play that showed Carmichael kicking Wichita State’s Tekele Cotton above the shoulder on a defensive rebound. The Shockers were trailing 67-60 when the incident occurred. Early made both technical free throws and his 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left gave them a 68-67 victory. The conference did not say how the officials were disciplined.

— From wire reports


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