Kevin Mitchell arrested on rape charge
San Francisco Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell, the 1989 National League MVP, was free on bail yesterday after being arrested on charges of raping an acquaintance at his home in Chula Vista, Calif., authorities said. Mitchell posted bail late Saturday night after being booked for investigation of rape, battery and false imprisonment.
The rape was alleged to have taken place at 4 a.m. PST Saturday. Mitchell, 30, was arrested at 5:30 p.m., and he posted bail about five hours later.
"The victim, an acquaintance of Mitchell's, went to his residence at his request to talk," a detective's report said. "He dragged her into his bedroom, where he forcibly raped her." He also was under investigation for rape with a foreign object, three counts of battery and a count of false imprisonment, police said.
* The Bobby Bonilla sweepstakes is coming to a close, and the top free agent of the off-season is trying to decide which of six offers to accept. New York Mets general manager Al Harazin made a second proposal Saturday, and the outfielder's agent, Dennis Gilbert, said the Mets "increased their offer substantially."
Gilbert, however, would not give details of any of the proposals presented to Bonilla, who hit .302 last season for the Pittsburgh Pirates with 18 home runs and 100 RBI. In addition to the Mets, the California Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs and Pirates are trying to sign the 28-year-old outfielder. Bonilla spent the weekend in Bradenton, Fla., mulling the decision. A decision could come as early as today.
Dirk Zeien and Chris Oeding scored two goals each, as top-seeded California rallied to defeat UCLA, 7-6, for the NCAA title in Long Beach, Calif. Navy (20-10) finished eighth at the NCAA Championships after its 9-8 loss to Slippery Rock. Senior Peter Frost led the Mids with three goals, and senior Jerry Berman and junior Josh Bell added two goals apiece.
The New York Rangers reportedly are seeking to deal for Brian Bellows, the Minnesota North Stars' top scorer. The Rangers apparently want Bellows to help bolster their power play.
* Alan Kerr's second goal of the game early in the third period gave the Red Wings a 4-4 tie with the U.S. Olympic Team in Detroit. Team USA's Ted Crowley barely missed winning the game when his shot hit the inside of the goal post in the last seconds of overtime.
Todd Witsken won the first singles title of his career, beating defending champion Wayne Ferreira, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the South African Open in Johannesburg. Witsken, 28, fought back with a patient baseline game and sharp returns of Ferreira's second serve after dropping his first set of the tournament. His victory denied Ferreira, 20, of South Africa, the chance to become the first repeat winner of the tournament since Vitas Gerulaitis took the title in 1981 and 1982.
American Bonnie Blair continued to dominate the women's speed skating World Cup, winning a 500-meter sprint in Warsaw. Blair, who won a week ago in Berlin, was clocked in 41.81 `D seconds to finish ahead of Christine Aafting of the Netherlands and Angela Hauck of Germany. Blair, ranked first in the world and the world record-holder, leads the World Cup 500-meter standings with 50 points. Aafting is second at 42.
Wayne Riley made a 40-foot putt on the final hole, giving him the last of his three straight birdies, and won the Australian Open in Melbourne by one stroke with a 4-under-par 68. Riley had a four-round total of 285, 3-under-par, keeping his composure while his rivals faltered.
The 29-year-old Australian finished one shot ahead of amateur compatriot Robert Allenby, who also had a final round of 68 over the par-72, 6,959-yard Royal Melbourne course.
Rodger Davis, also of Australia, was third at 287 after a final-round 75 during which he struggled with the quick greens.