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Keyshawn Johnson arrested

The former NFL receiver arrested after a report of a domestic dispute in Southern California.

FORMER NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson has been arrrested after a report of a domestic dispute, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said yesterday.

A Sheriff's Department statement said deputies responded to a residence in Calabasas, Calif., at 12:48 a.m. yesterday and determined the resident and his ex-girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute, and the resident was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery.

The department subsequently identified the resident as Johnson, who posted bond at 9:15 a.m. and was released.

In the NFL, Johnson played for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers. In college, he starred at Southern California.

Johnson is currently an ESPN commentator and analyst. ESPN said it is aware of the arrest and is looking into the matter.

A call to Johnson's agent was not immediately returned.

In other NFL news:

* The Kansas City Chiefs are speaking with representatives of quarterback Alex Smith about an extension that would keep him with the team beyond next season. Smith is due to make $7.5 million in the final year of a contract signed in 2012, when he was still with the San Francisco 49ers.

* The Cincinnati Bengals exercised a 2015 contract option for receiver A.J. Green, letting them turn their focus to an extension for QB Andy Dalton. Green was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft and was entering the final season on his deal. The collective bargaining agreement allows teams to exercise a fifth-year option on players taken in the top 10 in the draft. They have to pay him the average of the top 10 receivers in the NFL. Dalton was taken in the second round in 2011, so he's not subject to an option year.

* All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will be a no-show at the Detroit Lions' voluntary minicamp this week, a source told the Associated Press. The source said Suh will attend voluntary workouts in May.

* Hall of Fame receiver Andre Reed has joined a Bills fan group trying to keep the team in Buffalo. The former Bills star is one of 14 members named to the Buffalo Fan Alliance advisory board. The alliance was formed 2 years ago and has set a goal of raising $200 million. The money would be made available as an interest-free loan to prospective Bills owners to offset costs.


* Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive doesn't think college athletes should have employee status, but he believes there is some common ground with the proposal from the five power leagues and a union movement. The NCAA board of directors is expected to consider Thursday a recommendation restructuring the NCAA to create autonomy in specific areas for the SEC, Big Ten, Pacific-12, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference. It likely would be voted on at the board's August meeting. Northwestern players are set to vote Friday on whether to form a union. The 65 members of the five conferences are seeking to be allowed to cover the full cost of attendance for athletes, among other initiatives.

* Tennessee State has hired Illinois State assistant Dana Ford as its men's basketball coach.

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* La Salle's Alicia Aughton has been named Atlantic 10 softball player and pitcher of week. She is the first player to earn both player and pitcher honors in the same week this season.

* For the second consecutive week, La Salle freshman Chris Sanders was named Atlantic 10 men's track & field rookie of the week. He shares the distinction with Mahlik Handley, of Rhode Island. Sanders clocked a career-best 1:50.66 in the 800 meters Friday at the Larry Ellis Invitational, coming in 13th out of 72.