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Fuller faces charges

Illegal card games are investigated

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller was charged with hosting high-stakes card games at his house in Tallahassee, Fla., the site of a shootout three months ago.

He was released on $5,000 bail Tuesday night after a search warrant was served at the house. The felony charge carries a possible five-year state prison sentence and $5,000 fine.

State law allows card players to gamble up to $10 a hand, but sheriff's spokeswoman Linda Butler said yesterday some pots were worth thousands of dollars, and games were held several times a week.

When some 20 law enforcement officers broke up the game, called "Georgia skins," they seized "thousands of dollars" that were on the table, Butler said.

Authorities were unsure if the shooting was related to the card games.

Fuller's agent, Roosevelt Barnes, did not immediately return a call.

Fuller, a nine-year veteran out of Florida State, reported exchanging gunfire with an intruder outside his home in January. No one was injured and about 20 shots were fired. Fuller offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Eleven people were at Fuller's home at the time of the raid, and eight were arrested, Butler said. Five others are being sought on warrants.

Rogers cleared

Charlie Rogers has been cleared of all charges stemming from a bar brawl. Rogers, who returned kicks last season for the Miami Dolphins and is currently a free agent, was acquitted of resisting arrest, hindering his apprehension, and four counts of aggravated assault. They stemmed from a brawl at a bar in Old Bridge, N.J., July 13, 2002 . . . St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz said Kurt Warner's agent overreacted to a conversation he had with the quarterback, and emphasized there's still a chance the two-time MVP could stay with the team. Martz, who has decided to go with Marc Bulger as his No. 1 quarterback next season, said he had promised Warner and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, that he would inform him when he had made a decision . . . Shannon Sharpe, the NFL's all-time leading receiver at tight end, will return to the Denver Broncos for at least one more season, which would be his 15th . . . Quarterback Brock Huard, released by the Indianapolis Colts last month in a salary cap move, was signed by the Seattle Seahawks . . . The Dolphins re-signed backup running back Travis Minor to a one-year contract . . . Two linebackers re-upped with their current teams -- Torrance Marshall (Green Bay Packers) and Donte Curry (Detroit Lions) . . . Broadcaster Pat Summerall, 73, was released from a Jacksonville, Fla., hospital after receiver a liver transplant earlier this month . . . Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asked the NFL to file a response to Maurice Clarett's appeal of the decision banning him from the NFL by this morning. There was no word on when she planned to act on Clarett's appeal or whether she would refer the request to the other eight justices.

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