Ohio prosecutor mulls charges for in-game fight

DAN SEWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A southwest Ohio prosecutor will consider criminal charges in the aftermath of a brawl at the end of the Cincinnati-Xavier (ZAYV'-yur) basketball game.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE'-turz) said in a statement Monday that his office will review the fight to determine whether any charges are appropriate. He declined further comment.

Each team suspended four players after their annual "Crosstown Shootout" basketball game on Saturday ended in a melee.

Cincinnati's Yancy Gates got the longest suspension, six games. Gates bloodied one Xavier player with a punch to the face and hit at least one other opponent during the fracas.

Referees ended the game with 9.4 seconds left. Xavier, ranked No. 8, won the game on its home court, 76-53.

Officials and coaches have offered apologies and expressed embarrassment.

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