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Rangers' Sean Avery arrested in LA

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LOS ANGELES (AP)

New York Rangers player Sean Avery is out on bail after he was arrested in California on allegations he shoved an officer at his Hollywood Hills home.

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Lt. Jorge Pardo tells City News Service that a neighbor's noise complaint sent police to the home at around 1 a.m. Friday. Pardo says Avery answered the front door, shoved an officer and slammed the door.

At one point, Avery challenged cops to a fight, calling them "fat little pigs," sources told the New York Post.

He soon opened it upon a second knock before cooperating with the authorities, TMZ reported, quoting law enforcement. The officers were not hurt.

The 31-year-old hockey player was booked on suspicion of battery on a police officer. He was released about seven hours later after posting $20,000 bail.

The Rangers say they'll discuss the matter with Avery and have no immediate comment.

The 31-year-old Canada native has become known more for his off-the-ice antics in recent years, while on the ice he has earned the reputation as one of the NHL's biggest instigators.

Avery earned a six-game suspension from the league in December 2008 for his infamous "sloppy seconds" comment toward then-Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who is dating Avery's ex, actress Elisha Cuthbert.

NewsCore contributed to this report.

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