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Colts safety caught with semi-automatic

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WASHINGTON -- Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested early Saturday after officers found an unregistered semi-automatic pistol in the car he was riding in, police said.

Lefeged was a passenger in a Chevrolet Camaro that fled a traffic stop for speeding in northeast Washington just after midnight Saturday. Officers smelled marijuana in the car and found a container of vodka and orange juice in the centre console and a semi-automatic pistol under the front passenger seat, police documents show. A receipt shows Lefeged bought the gun this year for about $900, police said.

Lefeged and another passenger were caught when they tried to run from the car in different directions, police said. The driver got away.

Court records show Lefeged has been charged with carrying an unlicensed pistol and was being held until a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Volleyballers on top

TAMPERE, Finland -- Canada's national men's volleyball team is in first with only two matches remaining after it completed a two-match sweep of Finland on Saturday in World League action.

After a four-set win on Friday, Canada downed Finland again 25-23, 25-22, 25-17 to improve to six wins and two losses for 18 points for top spot in Group C. The Netherlands defeated South Korea to keep pace with the Canadians at 17 points. The Dutch can regain top spot today as they face the Koreans again.

CFL legend dead

CALGARY -- Jack (Jocko) Gotta, a former Canadian Football League player, coach and general manager, died Saturday at the age of 83.

The Stampeders said in a statement that Gotta passed away at the Bethany Care Centre in Calgary.

Gotta, from Ironwood, Mich., began his CFL career with the Stampeders in 1956, playing in Calgary for four seasons. He was a CFL West all-star as a wide receiver and defensive back in 1957. He also earned all-star recognition in 1958.

In 1960 he joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he stayed until 1964 when he moved to the Montreal Alouettes for a season.

He started his coaching career as an assistant with Saskatchewan in 1965 and moved to Ottawa in 1968. He became head coach of the Rough Riders in 1970 and led Ottawa to a Grey Cup title in 1973. In 1974, he coach the Birmingham Americans to the first and only World Football League championship.

He became head coach and GM of the Stampeders in 1977 after Calgary had suffered five straight losing seasons including a 2-12-2 mark in 1976. Within two years, the Stamps were back in the playoffs and making the first of back-to-back appearances in the West Division final.

He returned to coach the Stamps in 1982 and 1983 and, over a total of five seasons at the helm, guided Calgary to a 42-34-4 record.

In 1985 he became Saskatchewan's head coach for two seasons.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 30, 2013 B11

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