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Cowboy facing trial retires

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent retired from football at the age of 25 on Thursday, saying “doing the right things in life” is more important as he prepares to defend himself against a manslaughter charge in the drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate.

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IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent retired from football at the age of 25 on Thursday, saying “doing the right things in life” is more important as he prepares to defend himself against a manslaughter charge in the drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate.

Brent said he had “given a lot of thought” to his decision. His football career has been on hold since the Dec. 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a practice-squad player, college teammate and close friend.

“I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order,” Brent said in a statement provided by the team. “Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do.”

Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, though he could also get probation. Suburban Dallas police accused Brent of driving with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit the night of the crash.

He also has tested positive twice for marijuana while out on bond, and was briefly jailed after the second test. He is again out on bond, but under stricter conditions that include monitoring for drugs and alcohol, and is banned from driving.

SAN FRANCISCO — The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office said it won’t pursue assault charges against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks because of insufficient evidence in the case.

Brooks will not face prosecution after further investigation into allegations that Brooks repeatedly hit a teammate on the head with a beer bottle June 8.

According to police, Brooks hit teammate Lamar Divens with the bottle three times and then punched him in the face during an early morning argument. The alleged attack left Divens with a 3-inch cut on his forehead.

Police said Brooks, Divens and others had been drinking and went to a bar before returning to Brooks’ house. Divens pretended to throw Brooks’ keys in the grass, though he had actually held onto the keys, prompting the attack. Investigators were told Brooks was intoxicated and had threatened to get a gun.

Notes

• Indianapolis Colts tight end Weslye Saunders was suspended eight games after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He can practice with the team during training camp and can play in exhibition games. He won’t be eligible again until Nov. 4.

• The Baltimore Ravens agreed in principle to a four-year deal with first-round draft pick Matt Elam, a safety out of Florida. The deal is worth $6.767 million with a $3.3 million signing bonus.

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