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By TIMES WIRES, FRANK PASTOR and BRIAN LANDMAN
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 23, 2002


Becker to begin taxes trial

Boris Becker goes on trial today in Munich, Germany, for tax evasion. He was accused of owing $1.5-million.

Under German tax laws, Becker could face up to five years in prison if convicted. Reports suggest he might get two years' probation.

At issue are taxes on Becker's income from 1991-93, when he claimed to live in Monte Carlo, a tax haven. Investigators say he lived in his sister's house in Munich most of that period, making him liable for taxes in Germany.

MORE TENNIS: Defending champion Marat Safin beat Cyril Saulnier 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-3 in the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. Also, No. 5-seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov beat Michael Kohlmann 7-6 (4), 6-0. ... Lleyton Hewitt reached the second round of the Stockholm Open in Sweden when three-time champion Thomas Enqvist withdrew before the match with a shoulder injury. Hewitt faces Raemon Sluiter next. Also, No. 8-seed Rainer Schuettler beat Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-2 and former No. 1 Marcelo Rios topped Wayne Arthurs 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1. ... Alexandra Stevenson reached the second round of the Generali Open in Linz, Austria, by beat 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez 6-1, 6-2. ... No. 8-seed Alex Corretja was upset by wild-card entry Ivo Heuberger 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in the opening round of the Swiss Indoors in Basel. ... No. 3-seed Amanda Coetzer beat Stephanie Cohen Aloro 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the first round at the Seat Open in Luxembourg.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Texas-El Paso is trying to contact former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson and former Chicago Bulls coach Tim Floyd about replacing Jason Rabedeaux, who resigned. ... Florida seniors Matt Bonner and Brett Nelson were among 30 preseason candidates selected for the Naismith Player of the Year award. ... Saint Louis' Izik Ohanon is ineligible for the first eight games of the season because the NCAA determined that he played with a professional team in Israel. ... Dante Milligan, playing at a New York City prep school, committed to Pittsburgh. ... Jacksonville Ribault High standout Dorian Williams said she will sign with Florida State. The 5-foot-7 guard averaged 21.1 points, 8.7 assists, 5.9 steals and 5.5 rebounds as a junior. Early signing begins Nov. 13. ... Julian Swartz, a former Wisconsin forward who was declared eligible to compete for Wisconsin-Green Bay, has taken an indefinite leave of absence.

FOOTBALL: The St. Petersburg Sharks of the Southern States League practice Nov. 4 at 8:30 p.m. at the 31st Street Sports Complex in St. Petersburg. ... The Tampa Bay Storm will have cheerleader auditions at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 9 at USF's Sun Dome. COLLEGES: In men's soccer, host Saint Leo beat Warner Southern 4-0. ... Florida State men's golf finished 11th at the Tournament of Champions in Knoxville, Tenn. Rusty Mosley finished in a tie for 23rd at 218. Georgia won the team championship, and Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker shot 204 to win the individual title. ... In women's soccer, host Florida State beat Jacksonville 3-1.

OLYMPICS: U.S. Olympic leaders testified before a special commission of the U.S. secretary of education that Title IX has hindered some men's athletic programs.

MLS SOCCER: Bob Bradley was hired as coach at New York-New Jersey. ... Santino Quaranta, Bobby Convey and Justin Mapp (DC United); Devin Barclay (San Jose); and Ed Johnson and Jordan Stone (Dallas) were selected to the U.S. Under-20 national team for qualifying games for the World Youth Championship.

HOCKEY: The Italian Ice Hockey Federation has refused to let Canadian female star Hayley Wickenheiser sign a contract with the Merano Eagles, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported.

HORSES: Blazing Fury tore a tendon in his right foreleg and is out of the Turf at the Breeders' Cup, but Thunderello will be put in the $1-million Sprint. Trainer Aidan O'Brien plans to enter eight horses in four of the eight races: Rock of Gibraltar (11/4-mile Classic or the Mile), Hawk Wing (Mile or Classic), High Chaparral (Turf), Landseer (Mile) and Hold That Tiger, Tomahawk, Van Nistelrooy and Marino Marini (Juvenile). Xtra Heat will be offered for sale a week after the race at an auction in Lexington, Ky.

AMERICA'S CUP: Defending champion Prada Challenge beat Mascalzone Latino and Oracle as the Louis Vuitton Cup resumed after an eight-day break, lifting it into the top four in the standings.

FIGURE SKATING: Todd Eldredge, who announced his retirement from Olympic-level skating after the Salt Lake City Games, applied to compete at the U.S. Championships in January.

OBITUARIES: Jan Jensen, president of the Norwegian ski federation, died at age 58. Cause of death was not disclosed. ... Manfred Ewald, who guided East German athletics to Olympic glory but was later convicted over the communist country's doping programs, died at age 76. ... Nolan White, who set the land-speed record for piston-driven cars at more than 400 mph, died from injuries last week at Bonneville Salt Flats in Salt Lake City. He was 71.

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