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    NEW ORLEANS -- NFL star Darren Sharper filed a federal court notice Friday that he now plans to appeal his conviction and nearly two-decade sentence in a drug and sexual assault case -- a case in which he pleaded guilty.Sharper pleaded guilty or no-contest in four states where he faced allegations that he drugged and raped women. Charged in both state and federal jurisdictions, he had entered a so-called global plea deal in early 2015 that called for a roughly nine-year sentence.But U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo in New Orleans rejected what she said was a too lenient sentence and last week imposed an 18-year, four-month prison term -- just shy of the 20-year maximum she said was called for in sentencing guidelines.A Louisiana state judge on Thursday added a 20-year sentence to run at the same time.The grounds for his appeal were not spelled out in Fridays one-paragraph filing and it was unclear what the defense teams next move would be in state court in Louisiana or other states. A defense attorney did not immediately respond to a call for comment Friday afternoon and the state appeal court in New Orleans was closed.Donald Chick Foret, a New Orleans attorney with experience in the federal court system said the appeal following a plea bargain and sentence is unusual.Hes got very experienced and sophisticated lawyers who have extensive experience with these types of complex criminal matters and if an appeal was filed, they must think that they have an issue for review, Foret added.Sharper pleaded guilty to criminal charges in Arizona and was immediately sentenced to nine years. He pleaded guilty in Nevada and no-contest in California and is awaiting formal sentencing. All of the charges arose from allegations that he drugged and raped women. Criminal charges named nine victims but Milazzo said during court proceedings that there are allegations of as many as 16 victims -- a factor state Judge Karen Herman reiterated in sentencing Sharper to 20 years Thursday.Sharper apologized to victims and their families after two victims gave tearful and sometimes angry impact statements in court this week.After retiring from a 14-year career in 2011, Sharper was working as an NFL network analyst when women began telling police in several cities similar stories of blacking out while drinking with him and waking up groggy to find they had been sexually abused.Sharper played in two Super Bowls, one with the Packers as a rookie and one with New Orleans Saints when they won in 2010. Cheap MLB Jerseys . -- Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday despite being hampered by hamstring injuries. 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Paul Kristofic, Alpine Canadas vice-president of sports, said the athletes selected were a mix of those who had the potential to do well at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and a younger generation who are targeting 2018 and beyond. "We want to put our best foot forward at the Olympics. We recognize how important it is for our athletes and our organization," Kristofic said in a release. "Weve come up short at the past two Games with fourth and fifth places and no one is satisfied with that. Its very important that we win a medal." The mens roster includes six "Canadian Cowboys" who have won World Cup or world championship medals. Guay, from Mont-Tremblant, Que., had two fifth-place finishes at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and a fourth in 2006 in Turin, Italy, and goes into the season hoping to claim his first Olympic medal -- one of the few prizes missing from a resume that includes a Crystal Globe in super-G in 2010. He also needs just one World Cup podium to tie Steve Podborskis Canadian record of 20. If Guay claims two or more top-three World Cup finishes this season hell become Canadas most decorated male skier. "Steve has obviously been a huge inspiration and it would mean a lot to me to have that record and hopefully add to the legacy of ski racing in Canada," Guay said of Podborski, Canadas chef de mission for the 2014 Olympics. Guay said if he was "writing my own script" for Sochi, he would be gunning for gold. "But I know what it takes to win on any given day," he said. "Its one thing to be competitive throughout a season. Its another to be competitive in one race, where anybody in the top 15 could win..dddddddddddd One mistake and I could be fifth place. Another mistake and I could be 12th place. Theres nothing cut and dried in our sport -- far from it." Vancouvers Osborne-Paradis and Calgarys John Kucera, who both returned from injury last season, plus Jan Hudec of Calgary, have all won international medals. Ben Thomsen of Invermere, B.C., won silver at the Olympic test event in Sochi, while Mike Janyk of Whistler, B.C., is a world championship medallist who will lead Canadas slalom team. Calgarys Brad Spence and Whistlers Robbie Dixon are coming back from injuries. The mens team also features six up-and-coming skiers in Dustin Cook of Lac-Sainte-Marie, Que., Calgarys Trevor Philp and Erik Read, Phil Brown of Toronto, Sasha Zaitsoff of Queens Bay, B.C. and Whistler brothers Conrad and Morgan Pridy. Veterans Julien Cousineau of Lachute, Que., and Jeffrey Frisch, of Mont-Tremblant, who are battling back from injuries, have been given "invitee status" to train and compete as part of the Canadian team. The womens team includes World Cup regulars Gagnon, from Lac-Etchemin, Que., Mielzynski, from Guelph, Ont., Marie-Pier Prefontaine of Saint-Sauveur, Que., Mont-Tremblants Britt Phelan and Elli Terwiel, from Sun Peaks, B.C., as well as Toronto youngster Madison Irwin. Veteran speed skier Kelly VanderBeek retired last season, while super-G and downhill specialist Larisa Yurkiw was not selected. Canada only has one World Cup spot for womens downhill and that is likely to be used in several races by Gagnon, who is ranked fourth in the world in combined and is considered a serious medal threat in that discipline. Gagnonis also ranked in the top 30 in slalom and giant slalom and 32nd in super-G. The World Cup season kicks off in Solden, Austria, in October. It takes on added importance as racers will battle to qualify for Olympic nomination to the Canadian team. 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