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COURTS Edwards misses court date

Braylon Edwards' DWI case was delayed yet again when the Jets receiver failed to appear at a scheduled hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court yesterday morning. In Edwards' absence, his attorney, Peter Frankel, was granted a request for a pretrial hearing July 22. Frankel said "it's moving forward toward trial" and that he will produce "at least a dozen witnesses" on Edwards' behalf.

Frankel told Judge Matthew Sciarrino that Edwards had been working out with other Jets in Los Angeles and "planned on being here, but he had flight issues." Though Edwards was required to appear yesterday, Frankel said he didn't believe Sciarrino was upset by the player's absence. "I think," Frankel said, "that the judge understands that these things happen." Edwards was arrested and charged Sept. 21, when a Breathalyzer test found a blood-alcohol level of .16, twice the legal limit. The case was adjourned three times for the defense to file a series of motions.

GOLF

Tiger plans on U.S. Open

Tiger Woods says he did not do any more damage to his left knee and Achilles last week and expects to play in the U.S. Open that begins June 16. Woods withdrew from The Players Championship after nine holes because of pain in his left leg. On his website, Woods says he irritated his knee and Achilles, and that there is no time frame for when it will heal.

RUNNING

Olympic champ dies in fall

Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru died in a fall from a balcony after a domestic dispute involving his wife and another woman, police said. One police official said Wanjiru committed suicide, while another said he jumped to stop his wife from leaving the house after she discovered him with another woman. The 24-year-old runner died late Sunday after jumping from a balcony at his home in the town of Nyahururu, in the Rift Valley.

SOCCER

Maradona takes Emirates job

Diego Maradona signed a two-year contract to coach the United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl. Maradona, who has been out of coaching since leading Argentina to the World Cup quarterfinals last year, will be in charge when the season opens in September. -- AP

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