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NFL-Redskins coach slammed for playing injured Griffin

Jan 7 (Reuters) - Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan came under fire on Monday for leaving an ailing Robert Griffin III in Sunday's playoff loss to Seattle but rejected any notion that he risked the rookie quarterback's health. Griffin only left Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Seahawks when he injured himself while trying to grab a bad shotgun snap in the fourth quarter, but critics are suggesting the face of the Redskins should have been taken out of the game earlier.

Reuters People News Summary

Following is a summary of current people news briefs. Actor Depardieu denies leaving France for tax reasons

American Football-Saban completes Crimson dynasty

By Simon Evans MIAMI, Jan 8 (Reuters) - University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban secured his status as one of the greats of college football on Monday, guiding the 'Crimson Tide' to their third national title in four years with a crushing 42-14 victory over Notre Dame.

Reuters People News Summary

Following is a summary of current people news briefs. Actor Depardieu denies leaving France for tax reasons

Soccer-Niger name squad for African Nations Cup

Jan 7 (Reuters) - Niger have retained 16 players from the last African Nations Cup in their squad of 23 named on Monday for this month's finals in South Africa. They face Mali, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Group B. Their first match is on Jan. 20 against Mali in Port Elizabeth. Niger made their debut in the continental championship last year but exited the tournament in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon early without a point. Squad

UPDATE 5-Horror of Colorado theater massacre recalled at hearing

* Former student charged with killing 12 during Batman film * Prosecutors outline evidence against accused gunman * Police describe nightmarish crime scene (Adds testimony about date of movie ticket purchase in seventh paragraph) By Keith Coffman

Reuters World News Highlights at 0415 GMT, Jan 08

Jan 8 (Reuters) - TOP STORIES ----------- GUANGZHOU, China - Hundreds of supporters of one of China's most liberal newspapers demonstrated outside its headquarters on Monday, backing a strike by journalists against interference by the provincial propaganda chief. - - - -

UPDATE 1-NBA-Rampant Bulls run struggling Cavaliers ragged

* Bulls beat Cavaliers for 11th straight time * Dislodge Pacers from top spot in Central division (Adds further detail, quotes) Jan 7 (Reuters) - Carlos Boozer and the Chicago Bulls recovered from a slow start to pummel the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers 118-92 on Monday and take over top spot in the Eastern Conference's Central division.

UPDATE 1-David Bowie breaks long silence with new music release

By Mike Collett-White LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - British singer David Bowie released his first new song in nearly a decade on Tuesday in a surprise launch coinciding with his 66th birthday. "Where Are We Now?", produced by long-term collaborator Tony Visconti, is a melancholic look back to the time Bowie spent in Berlin in the 1970s with an accompanying video featuring black-and-white footage of the city when it was still divided.

Depardieu skips French court to prep for Strauss-Kahn role

* Garrulous actor already in spotlight over tax row * Drink driving case will now go to full trial * Could face up to two years in prison By Alexandria Sage PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - French film star Gerard Depardieu failed to show up in court to face drink driving charges on Tuesday because he was preparing to play disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film, his lawyer said.
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