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By PETE YOUNG and Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 11, 2002

Webber: 'I did not lie to the grand jury'

Webber: 'I did not lie to the grand jury'

Chris Webber vowed Tuesday to fight charges that he lied to a federal grand jury.

Ignoring the advice of his lawyers, Webber spoke out after a workout in Sacramento, Calif., because "I wanted to show my supporters I am not running away from the situation."

Webber was indicted Monday on charges he misrepresented his dealings with Ed Martin, a former University of Michigan booster who claims he loaned Webber $280,000 when Webber was an amateur.

"I did not lie to the grand jury," Webber said at the Kings practice complex.

MORE NBA: The Cavaliers got Mateen Cleaves from the Kings for forward Jumaine Jones. ... Wizard guard Michael Jordan has been fitted with a shoe insert to deal with discomfort in his right knee as he contemplates whether to play next season. He had surgery in February, cutting short the first season of his second comeback. The Wizards also signed guard Bryon Russell from the Jazz. ... Timberwolves center Rasho Nesterovic accepted a qualifying contract offer. ... The Jazz agreed to terms with free-agent guard Carlos Arroyo.

BASKETBALL: Sheryl Swoopes scored 19 as the United States beat Australia 54-45 in the final of the World Challenge in Sydney, Australia.

CYCLING: Mario Cipollini won his second straight stage of the Tour of Spain in Roquetas De Mar and Joseba Beloki kept the overall lead.

COLLEGES: South Florida's Andrew Smith was named Conference USA male cross-country athlete of the week. Smith won the Indiana Open on Aug. 30 in Bloomington, covering 7K in 22 minutes, 10.40 seconds to top a field of 29. ... USF beat Jacksonville 1-0 in men's soccer as senior forward Gabe Salgado scored 56 seconds into overtime. ... USF's men shot 289-881 to finish ninth at the Raising Cane Classic in Hattiesburg, Miss., which host Southern Miss won. ... Eckerd beat Northwood 4-3 in overtime in men's soccer. ... Eckerd beat Clearwater Christian in volleyball, 30-27, 30-22, 30-25.

AUTOS: NASCAR fined Ricky Rudd and a Robert Yates Racing employee and placed them on probation for the season for fighting in the garage. Rudd was fined $5,000 and Larry Lackey $10,000 for a dispute after Saturday's race in Richmond, Va. NASCAR also fined Todd Berea, Jeff Green's crew chief, $5,000 and docked the team 25 owner points and 25 driver points for using an illegal left front spring. ... Hendrick Motorsports hired Peter Sospenzo as crew chief of the No. 25 Chevrolet driven by Joe Nemechek. ... Max Papis will replace the injured Gil de Ferran for Team Penske in the IRL season finale, Sunday's Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

GOLF: James Elswick of Valrico was among 17 players to qualify for the State Mid-Amateur Oct. 3-6 in Ocala. He shot 73 at Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club in Haines City, tying for third.

HORSES: Magic Weisner, the runner-up to War Emblem in the Preakness, is being treated for the West Nile virus but is expected to return to racing.

SOCCER: Host Columbus beat Kansas City 3-2 in overtime in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup. The Crew hosts Los Angeles Oct. 24 in the final.

TENNIS: Sjeng Schalken and Fernando Meligeni won at the Brazil Open in Costa Do Sauipe. In women's play, Amanda Coetzer beat Janette Husarova. ... Marat Safin and Tommy Haas advanced at the ATP President's Cup in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. ... Andy Roddick and James Blake will play singles and Todd Martin and Mardy Fish will team in doubles for the U.S. team when it faces France in next week's Davis Cup semifinals in Paris. ... Marc Rosset was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight by a man who took his car and cellular phone and left the player unharmed Sept. 3 in Geneva, Switzerland. Rosset's Audi RS4 was found two hours later, out of gas, on a freeway in France.


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