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Roethlisberger Family ties win out for two accuser says she Michigan prep basketball stars told him ‘no’

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The young woman who accused Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault said she tried to get away from the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and told him "no, this is not OK," according to police documents released Thursday. In a statement to police on March 5, the 20-year-old college student said Roethlisberger encouraged her, and her friends, to take numerous shots of alcohol. Then one of his bodyguards escorted her into a hallway at the Capital City nightclub, sat her on a stool and Ben Roethlisberger left. She said Roethlisberger walked down the hallway and exposed himself. "I told him it wasn't ok, no, we don't need to do this and I proceeded to get up and try to leave," she said. "I went to the first door I saw, which happened to be a bathroom." According to her statement, Roethlisberger then followed her into the bathroom and shut the door. "I still said no, this is not OK, and he then had sex with me," she wrote. "He said it was OK. He then left without saying anything." The woman's statements were among hundreds of pages of the case file made public Thursday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Two of her friends said they saw a bodyguard lead her into the hallway and then saw Roethlisberger follow. They said they couldn't see their friend but knew she was drunk and were worried about her. Ann Marie Lubatti told police she approached one of Roethlisberger's two bodyguards and said, "This isn't right. My friend is back there with Ben. She needs to come back right now." She said the bodyguard wouldn't look her in the eye and said he didn't know what she was talking about. The GBI later identified that bodyguard as Ed Joyner, and the GBI also determined that the man who led Roethlisberger's accuser down the hallway was Anthony Barravecchio. Joyner is a Pennsylvania trooper and Barravecchio is an officer on the force in the Pittsburgh suburb of Coraopolis. Attorney Michael Santicola, who represents Barravecchio but said Joyner also is a longtime friend, confirmed on March 10 that the two officers were present, but not in an official capacity. He said the two men are friends with Roethlisberger and did not witness any criminal activity or inappropriate behavior. He said the officers "have no memory" of meeting his accuser. Lt. Myra A. Taylor, a spokeswoman for Pennsylvania State Police, said Thursday night the agency is getting a copy of the investigative report from Georgia authorities. "We will thoroughly review the report and determine if there is a violation of Department regulations on the part of Trooper Edward Joyner," she said. Earlier this week, prosecutors said no charges would be filed against Roethlisberger, who has denied the accusations through his attorney. Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright said Monday the woman's accusations could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and that the woman had asked him not to pursue the case. Roethlisberger also is being sued in civil court by a former Nevada hotel employee for an alleged sexual assault in 2008. No criminal charges were filed in that case. According to the investigators' summary of events, Roethlisberger friend Brad Aurila had a conversation with the quarterback when they returned to his house that night and asked him why police showed up at the nightclub. In an interview with police, Aurila said Roethlisberger told him nothing had happened and that he "was in the back with a girl and they were 'messing around.'" Aurila said he "took 'messing around' to mean 'kissing, whatever.'" In her first statement to police hours after the incident, the woman said she and her friends first saw Roethlisberger at Velvet Elvis. "He then met us at the Brick and called us a 'tease.' Eventually, we saw him at the Capital City and saw him there. We said 'hey' and he started talking to (redacted) (nothing in particular) and his bodyguard took him back to the room w/ bathroom," she wrote. "I said, 'I don't know if this is a good idea' and he said, 'It's OK.' He had sex with me and meanwhile his bodyguards told my friends they couldn't pass them to get to me." In a second statement on March 5, the woman went into more detail about the encounters with Roethlisberger, saying that he made "crude, sexual remarks" when the two groups encountered each other at the second bar, before they went to Capital City. There, Roethlisberger was surrounded by women, according to statements made by the accuser's friends. "At the back of Capital City, the room was blocked off for him and females only," Nicole Biancofiore wrote in a statement to police. After the accuser emerged from the bar and told Biancofiore and Lubatti about the encounter, the women left. "I walked up to the first cop car we saw and told them what happened," Lubatti said in a statement.

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ended the season, killing 49 of the last 53 penalties they took. "The PK kind of let us down," Brad Stuart said. "(The Coyotes) won some face-offs, and they really put the puck on net. They had some good results, and we have to find a way to counteract them." Morris capped the power-play scoring with his game winner 2:19 into the third period, just the latest timely goal by a defenseman this season. In the Coyotes' 36 victories that weren't decided by shootout, defensemen scored the deciding goal 25 percent of the time. "It's a lot to do with the

forwards getting the puck to us and getting us opportunities to get shots on net," Yandle said. "When 'D' score, it's usually a good screen in front of the net and the goalie not seeing it." That was exactly the case with Yandle's goal, which came with Shane Doan camped out in front of Jimmy Howard. "We want (the defensemen) involved all the time, and we have some good players," Tippett said. "It's one thing to tell your 'D' to get up on the play, but the other thing is what they do when they get there. Our guys have done a great job."

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at the school before competing in a playoff to earn a top spot on the squad, but she’s confident. “They have a younger team this year. They only have a couple seniors graduating, but I think I can hang with them.” The tennis season has just started for Giordano, giving her a chance to work on fine-tuning her game. “I’m working on my consistency and my down-the-line backhand,” she said. “I want to make my opponents work harder.”

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with an opinion otherwise, they're wrong," he said. "I would've still received the four-year extension even if Trey chose to go someplace else." The Chippewas are 15 games under .500 in Zeigler's four seasons, but have won two straight division titles in the Mid-American Conference. The Titans were 20-14 in McCallum's first season in charge of the Horizon League program and their chances of competing with Butler in the conference improved when his son chose to play for him. "I had mixed emotions going through the recruiting process because he was getting recruited by highmajor schools and yet I know he wanted to play for his dad," McCallum said. "If I was still an assistant at Indiana, it would've been easier in some respects because he would've signed with the Hoosiers. "I've been working with him on his game forever, so it just came down to him wanting to continue the dad-son relationship we've developed over the years."

three hits and two walks. He fanned two. Jimmy Cannon worked two innings of relief with five runs allowed and two hits. Aaron LaLonde finished the last inning and gave up one run and one hit. Chapman had four RBIs on two hits, Travis Perry went 2-for-3 and Curtis slugged a pair of doubles. James and Stalker doubled. “I was very pleased with the boys and how well they hit the ball agains the caliber of team we played,” said Onaway coach Tony Hoffmeyer. Rudyard 9, Posen 5 POSEN — Rudyard scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to break open a 5-5 game and give the Bulldogs a 9-5 victory over Posen in baseball ac-

tion Wednesday. The second game was called after three innings with Rudyard leading 11-3. Errors helped contribute to the loss in Game 1 for the Vikings (0-5). Jerome Ciarkowski was Posen’s starting pitcher. He allowed four hits, two runs, two walks and struck out three. Scott Couture, who took the loss, came on and allowed four hits, walked two and struck out one. Nathan Lenard led Posen’s lineup going 2-for3, including a double, and driving in two runs. Highlighting the second game for Posen was Justin Paull’s first varsity hit. The Vikings travel to Au Gres on Monday.

DETROIT (AP) — Ray McCallum Jr. and Trey Zeigler could've chosen to play college basketball just about anywhere. Both highly touted prospects picked programs coached by their dads. McCallum signed a letter of intent Thursday to attend the University of Detroit and Zeigler put his signature on a document that sealed his commitment to play at Central Michigan. "In my 35 years in this business, I think it's totally unprecedented," recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons of All-Star Sports said. "I can't recall any players rated as high as they are turning down high-major schools to play for their fathers at smaller schools. "I definitely don't remember it ever happening twice in the same year in the same state." The 6-foot-1 McCallum led Detroit Country Day to a state title this year, is a McDonald's All-American and Gibbons' 18th-ranked player in the country. The 6-6 Zeigler starred at Mount Pleasant High School, was runner-up for

Trey Zeigler puts on a Central Michigan hat after announcing he will play basketball for CMU, coached by his father, Ernie, on Wednesday in Southfield. Zeigler could’ve accepted an offer from Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA or Arizona State but chose to sign with a smaller school to play for his dad. "It was a huge deal for Michigan's Mr. Basketball award and is rated No. 40 me as a parent and for me as a coach when Trey chose in the nation by Gibbons. Ray McCallum said his to come play for me," Zeison was recruited heavily gler said. Zeigler, though, said the by UCLA, Arizona and decision his son made had Florida. UCLA, Michigan State nothing to do with his new and Michigan were among four-year contract the the schools who had a shot school announced on Tuesto land Zeigler, according day. "For all of those people to his dad.

the shot put (33-5 1/2) and discus (86-3 1/2). Nishoney Stiles posted a first-place finish in the 100 (13.1), while the 3,200 relay (12:56) was second and Ashley LeCureux was second in the 3,200 (13:53). Both Onaway teams return to the track Monday at the Indian River Invitational. BASEBALL Mancelona 10-10, Onaway 4-5 ONAWAY — Onaway faced one of the best Division 3 baseball teams in the state on Thursday in Mancelona and came away with two losses despite holding its own for portions of the doubleheader. The Ironmen were victorious 10-4 and 10-5.

Mancelona jumped all over the Cardinals (1-4) in the first inning of the first game, slugging two homers and scoring six runs. Tyler James took the loss for Onaway, allowing six runs on five hits and walking two. Shawn Curtis finished the game and allowed four runs on seven hits, struck out two and walked one. At the plate Travis Stalker went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Curtis added two hits, while Travis Perry had an RBI hit and Dakota Chapman and James added hits. Six errors cost the Cardinals in the second game. Mancelona scored in every inning of the game. Andrew Perry took the loss, allowing five runs on

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