Jay Mariotti gets probation

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles city attorney's office says Jay Mariotti, an AOL Fanhouse sports columnist and regular panelist on ESPN's "Around The Horn", pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery count stemming from an August incident involving a female companion.

City attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan says Mariotti was sentenced Thursday to 36 months of probation, community service and a domestic violence course.

Mariotti was originally charged with seven counts, but Mateljan says all other counts were dismissed.

A statement issued by Mariotti's attorney says they were
confident of prevailing at trial but it would have been long and
expensive. The statement claims Mariotti was the victim of false
and exaggerated allegations stemming from a public argument.