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Press Box: Cards' Washington arrested for attack, Edwards earns NASCAR pole

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A woman accusing Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington of assaulting her claimed in court Friday that she suffered a broken collarbone from a fall after he pushed her with both hands, according to the Arizona Republic.

Washington, 26, was arrested Friday morning on two aggravated assault charges stemming from an incident on Wednesday in which the two had been fighting in the woman's Phoenix apartment.

The alleged victim, Washington's ex-girlfriend, is the mother of his child.

Washington was previously suspended the first four games of the upcoming season for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.

AUTO RACING

Practice may not have made perfect for Carl Edwards, but it did make him a pole winner, after rain washed out Saturday's time trials for Sunday's Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Accordingly, the field was set by rainout rules, with the starting order determined by top speeds posted in the first of Friday's two Cup practice sessions. Edwards ran 199.675 mph to secure the top spot.

Martin Truex Jr. (199.650 mph) will start second, followed by Marcos Ambrose (199.608 mph), Joey Logano (199.596 mph) and Ryan Newman (199.542 mph).

Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, series leader Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne will occupy the sixth through 10th positions on the grid, respectively. Hamlin is making his first start in a race in five weeks after suffering a compression fracture in his back on March 24 in California.

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