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Divac cleared of dodging army service

Updated: November 18, 2005, 11:52 AM ET
Associated Press

BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- Former NBA star Vlade Divac was cleared Friday of draft dodging in his native country.

Prosecutors dropped the charges a day after Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica came to the player's defense. Kostunica said Divac had "proven his patriotism innumerable times during his long career" in basketball.

"What hurt me the most was the negative way my country was presented [in the U.S.] through this case," Divac said at a meeting with Serbia-Montenegro's ...

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