Wingate trial on rape charge set Jan. 7
David Wingate, who played with the San Antonio Spurs last season, will go on trial Jan. 7 in Howard County on charges of raping a 17-year-old girl. Deputy State's Attorney Dwight Thompson said the trial date was set at a hearing yesterday in Howard County Circuit Court.
Wingate, 26, a former Dunbar High School and Georgetown University athlete, is charged with second-degree rape, battery and a fourth-degree sexual offense.
The alleged victim said she was attacked Sept. 16 during a party at his apartment in Columbia.
Wingate, who played on Georgetown's 1984 National Collegiate Athletic Association championship team, averaged 6.8 points in 78 games for San Antonio last National Basketball Association season. The Spurs still have rights to Wingate, but declined to sign him this season because of the charges, the team has said.
Southern California coach Larry Smith suspended quarterback Todd Marinovich from Saturday's game against Arizona State because he missed classes. He will not be permitted to practice.
"About four weeks ago, I met with Todd and his family after receiving a report that he wasn't attending class," Smith said. "At that time, we made an agreement that he would go to all his classes and we would monitor his attendance."
Marinovich said: "We had an agreement that I wouldn't miss class anymore. I didn't uphold that agreement, so I've got to suffer the consequences."
Steffi Graf and Katerina Maleeva, the top two seeds, won their opening-round matches in the WITA indoor tournament in Brighton, England, but fourth-seeded Natalia Zvereva of the Soviet Union squandered leads in both sets and was upset, 6-3, 6-3, by Britain's Clare Wood. Graf fought off Sweden's Cecilia Dahlman's ground strokes, 6-2, 6-2, and Maleeva outlasted Finland's Petra Thoren, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
* Pete Sampras, playing in his first ATP Tour match since winning the U.S. Open, finally got his serve-and-volley game going to defeat Rikard Bergh, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, at the Stockholm Open.
U.S. national team forward Phillip Gyau has signed a one-year contract with Belgian first division soccer club Genk, a club spokesman said in Brussels. Gyau, 25, voted the Most Valuable Player on the American Professional Soccer League's champion Maryland Bays, did not play in the World Cup in Italy, but scored 12 regular-season goals for the Bays.
French sailor Christophe Auguin won the opening leg of the BOC Challenge round-the-world yacht race. Countryman Alain Gautier who arrived at Cape Town, South Africa, more than six hours earlier, but officials ruled that the 16.5-hour penalty issued to Gautier for being late for prestart formalities in Newport, R.I., would stand. Gautier covered the 6,800 miles in 38 days, 11 hours, 12 minutes, 39 seconds, breaking South African John Martin's 1986 record of 42 days, 1 hour, 10 minutes.
Reunited in Seoul