Lakers'Worthy charged in Houston sex sting
Los Angeles Lakers All-Star forward James Worthy was arrested in Houston yesterday and charged with soliciting prostitution. Worthy was arrested about 4 p.m. at the Stouffer Hotel in a sting set up by undercover vice officers, said Houston Police Sgt. Ralph Gonzales.
Gonzales said that Worthy allegedly solicited sex from two undercover officers, who had taken the place of prostitutes after police shut down an escort service. Worthy apparently had contacted the escort service and requested that two women meet him in his hotel room, said police spokesman Richard Retz.
Retz said that after Worthy told the undercover officers what sexual acts he wanted performed and how much he would pay, he was arrested. Retz said that only then did the officers find out who he is. He was released from the Houston City Jail in time for last night's game with the Houston Rockets. Sam Perkins started in Worthy's place, but Worthy entered with 10 minutes, 3 seconds remaining in the first half.
"I never thought of not playing," said Worthy, who, if convicted of the two Class C misdemeanor charges, faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. "The best place for me was out on the court, but it was tough. It wasn't a pretty situation. I haven't really had a chance to dwell on it."
* Ken Bannister (Southwestern High School) of the Los Angeles Clippers is donating $50 to the Los Angeles zoo for every free throw he misses this season. So far, his shooting has allowed many youngsters to get into the zoo for free. Bannister, whose career free-throw percentage is .503, missed 23 of his first 33 attempts this season.
American David Ishii made eight birdies and shot a 7-under-par 65 in the opening round of the $1.54 million Dunlop Phoenix, Japan's richest golf tournament, in Miyazaki, Japan. Ishii had only one bogey in taking a two-stroke lead over American Jeff Sluman and Japanese Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki and Tsukasa Watanabe.
Schoolcraft College (7-3-4) of Livonia, Mich., got a goal from Sara Hayes 30 minutes into the game and defeated Anne Arundel Community College (14-5-3), 1-0, in the first round of the annual National Junior College Athletic Association's women's soccer championships at the Mercer County Recreation Complex in Trenton, N.J. * Post 38's under-19 team will hold soccer tryouts tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Post 38 field on Dundalk Avenue. For information, call Kevin Healey at 879-7642.
Bryan O'Neill, executive vice president of the National Hockey League, announced that Luc Robitaille, the Los Angeles Kings' All-Star left wing, was suspended yesterday for four games as the result of his attempting to injure Craig Simpson of the Edmonton Oilers with his stick during a second-period brawl on Nov. 10.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bobby Bonilla, unhappy with management's failure to sign outfielder R.J. Reynolds, who will play next season in Japan, is threatening not to re-sign if more free agents slip away. Bonilla, second in the National League in doubles with 39 last season, can become a free agent after the 1991 season.
Patrick Valenzuela, who rode Sunday Silence to victories in the 1989 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was suspended indefinitely by the board of stewards at Hollywood Park. The suspension bars him from all California racetracks pending "complete medical and psychological evaluations to determine his fitness for license," the board said. Valenzuela has not ridden since he phoned in sick for his mounts at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 3. The stewards requested that Valenzuela take a blood test, but he refused.