Penn State starting linebacker Tyrell Sales is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Pittsburgh today after being charged with defiant trespass and disorderly conduct Saturday night.

According to authorities, Sales, 22, was asked to leave a St. Patrick's Day party in a club but became hostile toward city police, yelling obscenities. He was arrested, taken into custody, arraigned, and released on his own recognizance, police said.

Penn State team spokesman Jeff Nelson did not return a phone call yesterday.

Sales was one of six Nittany Lions players accused of breaking into an off-campus apartment and inciting a fight last April. Charges against him and three others were dropped.

With spring practice set to begin on Monday, the Lions will be without six players who are indefinitely suspended for various off-the-field incidents.

Sales, a junior who recorded 50 tackles last season, is one of nine returning starters on defense.