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NEW YORK -- New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton is expected to plead guilty to a felony in his gun possession case in exchange for a no-jail sentence, prosecutors said Monday. Gerard Pique Jersey . Felton was in court as the Manhattan district attorneys office outlined the agreement, which would resolve a gun case that arose amid the breakup of his marriage. Hes expected to admit June 30 to at least one charge, attempted criminal possession of a weapon -- he wont have to come to court to do so -- and get a $5,000 fine and 500 hours of community service. "I want to thank the DA for being fair to me in this whole situation," Felton said outside court, also thanking his family, friends and fans "for supporting me and understanding who, the person, I am." His lawyer, Jim Walden, said the plea would allow Felton to "continue his career without interruption." The DAs office had no immediate comment on the agreement. Felton was arrested in February, turning himself in shortly after a Dallas Mavericks-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. Authorities said his estranged wifes lawyer had brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct, saying it was Feltons and she wanted it out of their house. His wife, law student Ariane Raymondo-Felton, had filed for divorce the week before. Her lawyer didnt immediately respond to an inquiry about Feltons planned plea. Felton was charged with offences including a weapon-possession offence that carries the potential for up to seven years in prison; it outlaws large-capacity ammunition magazines, under some circumstances. The gun in Feltons case had a magazine that could hold about 20 rounds, prosecutors said. His lawyer said Felton never used the gun to threaten anyone. The NBA has said its monitoring the case. The league usually waits until criminal cases against players are resolved before deciding whether to impose any fine or suspension. The former University of North Carolina star, who turns 30 on Thursday, was the fifth pick of the 2005 NBA draft. After five seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats, he had stints with the Knicks, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers before returning to the Knicks for the 2012-13 season. Felton averaged a career-low 9.7 points last season as the Knicks went 37-45 and missed the playoffs. The point guard missed 17 games while battling injuries, and team president Phil Jackson recently denied a report that he had told Felton he planned to try to trade him this summer. Felton is set to earn $3.8 million next season and has a player option that would pay him $4 million in 2015-16. Felton is among a few pro athletes who have gotten into trouble with New Yorks strict gun laws. Then-New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was arrested in 2008 after accidentally shooting himself in a Manhattan nightclub. He pleaded guilty to an attempted weapon-possession charge and served about two years in prison. Fighter Robert Guerrero was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport last year after he presented a locked gun box containing an unloaded handgun during check-in. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay a $250 fine and complete 50 hours of community service. ------ AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney contributed to this report. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen Jersey . -- Matt Rupert scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the London Knights extended their win streak to nine games by defeating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Lucas Digne Jersey . "Im not even that added up," the 39-year-old Australian replied. And to the Hall of Famers surprise, when all the math was done Sunday in the JTBC Founders Cup, she was the one posing for pictures with the big trophy.SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York is tired of the legal troubles involving his team, hinting Monday that the standards slipped under former coach Jim Harbaugh while pointing the blame at everybody involved including himself.As the off-field problems and arrests mounted, Harbaugh stood and spoke for the franchise each time — exactly how the front office wanted it. He handled the tough questions and all the mundane day-to-day dealings in between.The 49ers had 10 arrests involving six different players since January 2012, most in the NFL.There are things that I didnt necessarily like — Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, that you dont speak more loudly on because you win, York said. And thats my failure. There were things that in conversations that we had, I know what my gut was. And we had conversations and we did things that probably didnt jell well with who I am. And I would rather do the things that we need to, but stay at the level of class that I expect of the San Francisco 49ers. And this isnt shooting at Jim and saying, Jim made all these decisions. I want you to clearly hear that.Broadly referred to as philosophical differences, the issues between York and Harbaugh ultimately were too great to maintain a winning relationship.That is Yorks take on what transpired anyway. He and general manager Trent Baalke addressed Harbaughs departure a day later in what the owner reiterated was a mutual decision.York wouldnt elaborate on his chat with Harbaugh or what they didnt agree upon during the coachs successful four-year tenure that included three straight NFC championship game appearances and a runner-up showing in the Super Bowl after the 2012 season.Weve had philosophical discussions and when we sat down we just couldnt come to a place where we thought moving (on) together was the best for either party, York said. We didnt win the Super Bowl. If we dont win the Super Bowl, were not executing. Our mission is very simple: The San Francisco 49ers win with class. We havent won, and I dont think weve conducted ourselves with the level of class that I expect of our organization. Weve had off-the-field issues. Thats going to happen in sports. The level that its happened here is not acceptable.Harbaugh, meanwhile, was long gone already and poised to be formally introduced by his alma mater,, Michigan. Sergi Roberto Jersey. He didnt return messages seeking comment as photos emerged of him arriving in Detroit.York said he understands if fans are frustrated that the team parted ways with Harbaugh given the successful turnaround since his high-profile hiring in January 2011 and with one year left on his $25 million, five-year deal. Harbaugh was free to sign anywhere, York said.Jim is a very good football coach. I certainly understand why our fans would want him to stay, York said. Theyre upset, I get it.Players cleaned out lockers, and began fielding questions about what they want in a new coach. Several said theyd love someone a lot like Harbaugh.Of the expected internal candidates, defensive line coach Jim Tomsula and defensive co-ordinator Vic Fangio, there is support for both. Neither York nor Baalke would say who they might interview in what they called an upcoming 7-10 day period. All the assistant coaches were still employed as of Monday, York and Baalke said.Arizona defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles and Seattle defensive co-ordinator Dan Quinn also are expected to receive interviews, Quinn perhaps as early as this week given the Seahawks have a bye as the NFCs No. 1 overall playoff seed. Patriots offensive co-ordinator Josh McDaniels is likely to get an interview.Were going to take as long as necessary to make sure we have the right person in place, Baalke said. We were 8-8 this year. There are no excuses. It starts with me. ... This isnt a rebuild situation, this is a reload situation.York and Baalke met with the players Monday as everybody parted ways for an earlier off-season than anyone expected following a disappointing 8-8 season that began with Super Bowl aspirations. They expressed the need for accountability.Sometimes things dont work out, and its a business, fullback Bruce Miller said. They make those decisions. But we had a great time with him and loved playing for him.Now, the players are preparing for whoever might be their next leader.Hes going to have to have pretty much everything that Jim Harbaugh had, tight end Vernon Davis said, because he was good. He was really good. If you look at who we were, our identity, in the beginning before Harbaugh even got here, we were pretty much nothing.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL


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