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Three Western Ken­tucky foot­ball play­ers and a for­mer ath­lete pleaded guilty Mon­day to amended charges stem­ming from a fight out­side a cam­pus fra­ter­nity.

Ken­tucky at­tor­ney gen­eral Andy Bes­hear said that re­ceiver Xavier Lane, run­ning back Quin­ton Baker, line­backer Tyler Obee and de­fen­sive line­man Ce­cil Stallings — who’s no longer on the team — en­tered guilty pleas in War­ren Cir­cuit Court. The charges were amended to com­plic­ity to sec­ond-de­gree wan­ton en­dan­ger­ment and com­plic­ity to fourth-de­gree as­sault un­der ex­treme emo­tional dis­tur­bance.

A Bowl­ing Green Po­lice re­port stated Jer­ald Arm­field, a fra­ter­nity alum­nus, was tack­led, kicked and punched by play­ers while try­ing to in­ter­vene in a dis­tur­bance be­hind the Pi Kappa Alpha house.

The men were placed on con­di­tional dis­charge for two years and must com­plete com­mu­nity ser­vice along with pay­ing Arm­field’s med­i­cal ex­penses, the re­lease said.

WKU an­nounced on Tues­day that Lane, Baker and Obee have been sus­pended for the Sept. 2 sea­son opener against East­ern Ken­tucky.

Johnson goes to di­ver­sion pro­gram.


NEB.» For­mer Ne­braska re­ceiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. will en­ter a pre­trial di­ver­sion pro­gram on two mar­i­juana charges.

The case was sent to di­ver­sion Mon­day in Lan­caster County Court. Charges would be dis­missed if he com­plies with terms of the pro­gram for one year.

Johnson, son of for­mer NFL re­ceiver Keyshawn Johnson, last month pleaded not guilty to pos­sess­ing an ounce or less of mar­i­juana and para­pher­na­lia.

Penn St. over­shad­owed.

De­fend­ing Big Ten cham­pion Penn State re­turns a Heis­man Tro­phy can­di­date at run­ning back and a record-set­ting quar­ter­back, and the Nit­tany Li­ons gen­er­ally are re­garded as one of the 10 best teams in the coun­try.

They’re not picked to win their divi­sion.

The Big Ten East fa­vorite, as usual, is Ohio State, which is loaded with as much tal­ent as ever and mo­ti­vated to atone for an em­bar­rass­ing finish to 2016. — The Associated Press

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