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December 26, 1991

Tyson judge won't ban access to legal motions

A judge won't forbid public disclosure of legal motions in the Mike Tyson rape case, but she doesn't want gratuitous remarks that stray from legal arguments.

The prosecutor's office said Tyson's lawyers are making statements in court motions that are prejudicial to the alleged rape victim, that violate the judge's order limiting pretrial publicity and could violate the grand jury's secrecy statute.

David J. Dreyer, chief counsel for prosecutor Jeffrey Modisett, requested the ban on public access to further motions in a letter last week to Judge Patricia J. Gifford. Gifford rejected the request this week.

The statements were in a motion filed last week by defense attorneys Vincent J. Fuller and James H. Voyles. Dreyer said the statements are incorrect and serve to prejudice potential jurors.

Tyson is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 27 on rape and three other sex-related charges.

Sumo wrestling

Konishiki, born in the United States, was given a shot at the sport's highest ranking of grand champion, or yokozuna, when the entries were announced yesterday for the New Year Grand Sumo tournament.

Konishiki, 26, whose real name is Salevaa Atisanoe, is expected to become the first non-Japanese to be promoted to grand champion if he finishes in the top two in the 15-day tournament that begins Jan. 12.

A wrestler with the second highest rank of ozeki, which Konishiki now has, generally is recommended by the Japan Sumo Association's advisory panel for promotion if he wins two consecutive tournaments.

Powerboating

Scott Pierce, who drove the Miss Budweiser to the national unlimited hydroplane championship last season, was fired by owner Bernie Little.

"Scott's no longer driving for me," Little told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Tuesday from his home in Eaton Park, Fla.

Little would not say why he discharged Pierce after one season as the Miss Budweiser's driver. Pierce replaced Tom D'Eath after D'Eath fractured a neck vertebra in an automobile racing accident.

Golf

American Jane Geddes will defend her title in the Daikyo Masters championship beginning today in Gold Coast, Australia, aiming to win the richest prize in the history of women's golf in Australia.

The tournament, which will be played over three days on the Palm Meadows course, offers prize money of $385,000, with $57,500 going to the winner.

Geddes won last year's tournament in a playoff with fellow American Kristal Parker.

Hockey

The United States opens its bid to unseat Canada at the world junior championships today by playing Finland in Fuessen, Germany.

Canada begins its quest for a third straight title with a game against Germany.

L The 10-day, round-robin tournament involves eight countries.

Autos

Warren A. Weith, a columnist for Car & Driver magazine for more than 25 years, died Tuesday. He was 65.

Weith was president of the International Motor Press Association.

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