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Mature Francis takes shot at winning

In seven years in the NBA he has been the kind of player who delights so many of the game's young fans, but also the kind who has turned many old-timers away from the league.

He loves to shoot that ball. He loves to dribble it, too. He isn't known as a prolific passer, but he could score almost at will, and would fill up a highlight reel in the process. He has averaged 21 points three times in those seven years, and played in three All-Star games, but in seven years he has been in only one playoff series.

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Palace fan presses claim against Pacer in U.S. court

Detroit Pistons fan Charles Haddad suffers from chronic migraine headaches and dizzy spells and has difficulty sleeping since being sucker-punched by Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal during the infamous November 2004 brawl at the Palace, Haddad's lawyer told a federal jury in Detroit on Wednesday.

But Indiana Pacers lawyer Steven Potter of Auburn Hills told jurors that Haddad was a troublemaker who concocted the injuries to make money. He said Haddad frequently was drunk and unruly at Pistons games, spilled beer on other fans and had threatened to pour beer on the head of Houston Rockets star Yao Ming two weeks before the notorious Malice at the Palace fight between Pacers players and Pistons fans.

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Jackson charged with felony count, 2 misdemeanors in club brawl; jail time possible

The Indiana Pacers' Stephen Jackson may not have caused the fight, but police say he admits jumping into it, firing his gun and kicking a man who was being pummeled on the ground.

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