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Sports briefs: Olympic snowboarder Shaun White charged with public intoxication, vandalism
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Olympic snowboarding • Olympic snowboard champion Shaun White apologized Tuesday for "unwise choices," saying he got "carried away" after police accused him of pulling a hotel fire alarm that forced guests to evacuate in Nashville, Tenn.

White was charged with public intoxication and vandalism and is due in court Oct. 10.

The 26-year-old snowboard star said on his Facebook page he wants to apologize for "any inconvenience it caused my family, friends, business partners, the hotel and their guests. He added that he was "celebrating a happy occasion with a ton of family and friends and got carried away. I'm truly sorry for my poor behavior."

Panthers announce layoffs from lockout

NFL • The Florida Panthers announced the layoffs of an unknown number of staff members Tuesday, only the third full day of the NHL's lockout.

The Panthers are believed to be the NHL's second team to publicly announce layoffs since the league's collective bargaining agreement with its players expired at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday and ushered in the league's fourth work stoppage in the last 20 years.

The Ottawa Senators have already had layoffs and full-time employees have been placed on a reduced workweek.

Jeweler settles case with ex-Duke player

College basketball • The attorney for a New York jeweler suing a former Duke basketball player over a debt incurred while the player was in school says a settlement has been reached in the case.

Mike Bowers says the terms of the settlement between Rafaello & Co. and former Duke forward Lance Thomas are confidential. The lawsuit, filed in Austin, Texas, in January, said Thomas owed $67,800 for jewelry he purchased at a cost of $97,800 in the middle of the 2009-2010 season.

Duke won the NCAA title that season, and the purchase raised questions of whether Thomas, then a senior, violated amateurism rules.

From wire reports

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