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Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kang attends trial for drunk driving

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang appeared in a South Korean court on Wednesday as judges heard arguments in a trial over charges that he fled the scene after slamming a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol.

A friend of Kang's also attended the hearing at Seoul Central District Court after being charged for falsely telling police that he, not Kang, was driving the vehicle.

The court said it will make a ruling on both men on March 3. It's not immediately clear when Kang will be able to join the Pirates for the new baseball season.

Prosecutors had sought to fine Kang 15 million won ($13,100) through a summary proceeding, but the court decided to hold a formal trial because it considered the charges against him to be serious, court spokesman Shin Jae-hwan said.

The Pirates have yet to decide whether to discipline Kang over the incident, which was the third time he faced drunk driving-related charges in South Korea. Kang was also left off South Korea's roster for the World Baseball Classic as the team avoided players with off-field issues.

According to police in the latest incident, Kang did not stop after driving a rented BMW into a guardrail at about 3 a.m. while returning to his Seoul hotel in December. The crash damaged the guardrail and the car, and Kang's blood alcohol level at the time of the crash would have been 0.084 percent, beyond the country's 0.05 percent legal limit, police said.

Lawyers representing Kang did not return calls for comment.

Tight end Julius Thomas passes physical with Miami Dolphins

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Tight end Julius Thomas has passed his physical with the Miami Dolphins in a precursor to a trade that will be completed next month, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Thomas took the physical as part of a two-day visit to the team's headquarters, said the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no trade can be completed before the new league year begins on March 9.

Thomas is part of two trades that the Dolphins will make with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the person said. He is being acquired for a seventh-round draft pick this year, and in a separate move, the Dolphins are sending left tackle Branden Albert to Jacksonville for a seventh-rounder in 2018.

Coming to Miami will reunite the 28-year-old Thomas with Dolphins coach Adam Gase, under whom he had great success as a member of the Denver Broncos.

Thomas spent his first four seasons with the Broncos, while Gase was on the staff there as quarterbacks coach and later as offensive coordinator. Thomas caught 24 touchdown passes in 2013 and 2014, the years when Gase was the Broncos' coordinator.


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