College Sports

Ducks RB James to appear at hearing on Friday

Oregon running back LaMichael James, who set a Pac-10 freshman record with 1,546 yards rushing last season, is scheduled to appear Friday at a change-of-plea hearing on domestic violence charges.

James previously pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of menacing, strangulation and assault. A woman who says she is James’ girlfriend says he grabbed her neck and pushed her to the ground during an argument outside his apartment on Feb. 15.

Details about the hearing, including whether James has entered into some kind of plea agreement, were not known. James could also change his plea to no contest, which means he does not admit guilt but will not fight the charges.