Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Jayson Williams charged shooting death

FLEMINGTON, N.J. -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams surrendered to police Monday and was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a limousine driver -- a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The NBC Sports commentator, accompanied by two men, walked through a back entrance into the state police barracks in Kingwood. He didn't comment as he entered or left.

Costas Christofi, 55, was found shot to death in the master bedroom at Williams' 65-acre estate in Alexandria Township on Feb. 14. According to the criminal complaint, Williams was the only person near Christofi when the gun went off.

''The death of Mr. Christofi was a tragic accident, but it was an accident,'' said Williams' lawyer, Joseph Hayden. ''We are very confident that after a full, fair and thorough exploration of all the facts it will be clear that Mr. Williams is innocent of recklessness and innocent of any criminal conduct.''

Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Steven C. Lember would not discuss details of the case, but said he was convinced Williams caused Christofi's death by recklessly handling the shotgun.

Hughes to appear on Wheaties box

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sarah Hughes' performance landed her on the Olympics podium with a gold medal -- and also put her on boxes of Wheaties.

The cereal company will make the 18-ounce package available in March. Hughes joins fellow figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1980 U.S. men's hockey team and others on the famed orange box, which began its association with athletes in the 1930s.

''Winning a gold medal is something that I've dreamed about for most of my life,'' said Hughes, 16. ''To top it off, now I have my own Wheaties box. This is really a dream come true.''

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