Khabibulin accepts 30 days in Ariz. DUI case

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (HAHB'-ee-buhl-en) has withdrawn an appeal to his extreme drunken-driving conviction, accepting a 30-day jail sentence.

Khabibulin had appealed the jail term after being sentenced back in August of last year.

But his Phoenix attorney, Mark DuBiel, said Tuesday that Khabibulin wanted to drop the appeal because the case likely would have prevented him from going to the Oilers' training camp and could have lasted into the season.

The 38-year-old played for Phoenix from 1996-99. He was pulled over in his Ferrari near his Phoenix-area home on Feb. 8, 2010, after the car was clocked at 70 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Police said an officer smelled alcohol and Khabibulin was arrested after a field sobriety test showed his blood-alcohol level at .164, more than double the legal limit.