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Sports Digest

November 24, 1998


Tyson negotiates settlement with 2 men in accident dispute

Mike Tyson has fended off a lawsuit by negotiating a settlement with two men who say the fighter attacked them after a fender bender.

They have "agreed in principle" to settle the dispute, said Glenn Culpepper, an attorney for Abmielec Saucedo, who claims Tyson punched him in the face.

The other man, Richard Hardick, told police Tyson kicked him in the groin after a minor traffic accident Aug. 31 involving Tyson's wife, Monica, in Gaithersburg.

Area card: Stuart Satosky will stage the inaugural card at the Patapsco Arena on Dec. 10, featuring super middleweights Joe Hughes (15-1) of Stony Point, N.Y., and Tyrone Frazier (19-12) of Philadelphia. The show will include a women's bout between Kina Elyaisa of Potomac and Rebecca Collins of Virginia Beach, Va. Tickets are priced at $35, $25 and $20. Call 410-528-1932.

Pro basketball

Rodman files for annulment from Electra after 9 days

Well, the honeymoon is over.

Dennis Rodman filed for annulment from his bride of nine days, actress Carmen Electra.

The two-page document, filed in Orange County (Calif.) Family Law Court and signed by Rodman, cited as cause for the annulment "unsound mind" and "fraud."

The document listed the date of separation as Nov. 14, the same date the couple were married.

Labor talks: NBA commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter held a brief scheduling meeting, and the two sides won't meet again until Saturday.

Cross country

Colorado's Goucher sets course mark in championship

Colorado's Adam Goucher capped his college career by winning the men's NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in a course record.

Goucher, runner-up as a freshman and fourth last year, won in 29 minutes, 26.9 seconds at the University of Kansas. Mount St. Mary's senior Daniel Kinyua placed 27th.

In the women's 5,000-meter race, Katie McGregor of Michigan pulled away from Amy Skieresz in the last half-mile to win in 16: 47.21. Villanova's Kristen Nicolini, an Annapolis High graduate who was The Sun's All-Metro Girls Runner of the Year in 1993, finished 17th.


Sampras will not face Agassi in ATP opener

Pete Sampras, trying to retain his No. 1 ranking for a record sixth straight year, will not face Andre Agassi in his opening group at the season-ending ATP World Championships in Hanover, Germany.

Agassi, who hurt his back during practice yesterday, missed yesterday's draw. He begins play tomorrow in the round-robin portion of the $3.5 million event, which starts today.

Et cetera

Jeff Gordon is named Driver of the Year

Jeff Gordon, who racked up 13 victories on the way to another Winston Cup championship, has been named the 1998 Driver of the Year by a 15-member panel of motorsports journalists.

Gordon, 27, joined Darrell Waltrip and Mario Andretti as three-time winners of the annual award.

Contest: Baltimorean Ronald Ace, an Air Force pilot in Vietnam and currently a systems analyst with Commercial Credit, picked up a check for $50,000 in the MCI-Pep Boys Million Dollar Driver Sweepstakes contest at the Pep Boys Indy Racing League Awards Banquet Saturday. Ace picked A. J. Foyt driver Kenny Brack to win races at Charlotte, Atlanta and Las Vegas. Brack won the first two, good enough to split $100,000 with Brack, the IRL champion. Had Foyt's driver won all three races, the two would have shared a $1 million payout.

Golf: Justin Rose, the teen-age star of this year's British Open as an amateur, failed to win his card for next season's European pro tour.

Awards show: Baltimore's all-sports station, WKDB (1570 AM), will be host to the Nasty 1570 Nice Guy Awards on Friday at Michael's 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie to benefit the St. Vincent's orphanage in Timonium. Tickets are $50 and include an open bar and a sit-down dinner. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.

Baseball: Morgan State, which is starting a baseball team for the spring 1999 season, is looking for opponents (colleges, junior colleges or club teams). Call coach Regg Hatcher at 410-655-6315.

Soccer: Maryland (14-7) will play host to Jacksonville (19-4) in an NCAA men's tournament second-round game at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Terrapins have played in the second round for the past five years, but haven't moved into the quarterfinals since 1969.

Hockey: Towson has climbed to No. 9 in the rankings of the National Collegiate Hockey Association. Also among ranked teams are Eastern rivals (1) Penn State, (7) Delaware, (8) West Virginia, (16) Villanova and (19) Navy.

Pub Date: 11/24/98

The quiz

They're all gamers

Alan Mills, who left the Orioles this month for the Los Angeles Dodgers, appeared in 72 games in 1998, matching the second-highest season total in club history. Whose marks did he tie and come four short of? (Answer, 7D)

Quiz answer

Tippy Martinez was in 76 in 1982. Gregg Olson was in 72 in 1991.

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