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December 25, 1991

Barkley to tell his side of fight story

Philadelphia 76ers forward Charles Barkley will tell his version of a weekend dispute in which he broke a Milwaukee man's nose before a decision is made on whether to charge him, a prosecutor said yesterday.

Barkley, who said he punched the man in self-defense, was not among witnesses to the incident interviewed yesterday by Michael Steinhafel, an assistant district attorney.

"Before I make an absolute decision, I'd like to hear both sides," Steinhafel said. "Mr. Barkley would like to come in and give us his side of the story."

Barkley is accused of hitting James R. McCarthy, 25, early Sunday after the 76ers' 110-97 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Barkley was arrested at about 7 a.m. Sunday at his hotel and was released about three hours later on $500 bond.

Steinhafel said Barkley and other witnesses are scheduled to appear before the district attorney Jan. 7 or Jan. 8, when a decision will be made whether to file charges. A misdemeanor battery charge carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Baseball

Glenn Carter, a minor-league pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, was held in lieu of $50,000 cash bond on charges he sold cocaine and marijuana to an undercover officer in Bowling Green, Ky. State police said Carter, 24, the California Angels' Minor League Player of the Year in 1989, was arrested Monday after the alleged transaction at a city park.

The Kentucky State Police said Carter allegedly sold the undercover officer 3 ounces of suspected cocaine and was charged with four counts of trafficking in cocaine. He also was charged with selling more than 8 ounces of marijuana.

Carter, a right-hander, was traded by the Angels to the Brewers this month.

* Former New York Yankees left-hander Dave LaPoint's court appearance on a disorderly conduct charge has been postponed, his wife said. Police charged LaPoint with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, after an incident outside a Glens Falls, N.Y., bar early Sunday. He was released pending an appearance in City Court, Glens Falls policeman Leroy Chittenden said.

LaPoint, 32, was scheduled to appear in court Monday but the appearance was postponed until Jan. 21, according to LaPoint's wife, Laura.

LaPoint and his wife were leaving the bar shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday when he tried to calm a group of people in what seemed a volatile situation, Laura LaPoint said.

Golf

Ian Woosnam of Wales became the No. 1 golfer in the world and won his first major title in 1991, so he must be sorry to see the year end, right? Wrong.

"I'm absolutely knackered," he said.

Woosnam said he's exhausted from months of globe-trotting and plans to play fewer tournaments next year -- concentrating more on the major championships.

"I've been going non-stop, it seems, all year and have picked up all sorts of tummy bugs, flu bugs and chest infections because I'm so run-down," he said.

Fishing

Al McClane, writer of the New Standard Fishing Encyclopedia, died of cancer at his Palm Beach, Fla., home. He was 69. McClane, who died Saturday, wrote more than 20 books and scores of magazine articles during his career. But perhaps his greatest work was the 1,156-page fishing encyclopedia.

Pro football

Quarterback Ken O'Brien was voted the Sparkplug, the top award given by the Jet Pack, a fan club, to a New York Jets player. The vote was taken before the Jets beat the Miami Dolphins in their final regular-season game Sunday and got into the NFL playoffs for the first time since 1986. Raul Allegre, who kicked the field goals that tied the game at the end of regulation and won it in overtime, wasn't even on the roster when the vote was taken.

"There will be no new vote," Chip Presten, a Jet Pack spokesman, said. "What's done is done, and O'Brien may have won it anyway."

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