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Ex-prep coach faces sex charges

By wire services
Published June 18, 2004

WEST PALM BEACH - A former basketball coach who helped revive the sport at a Belle Glade high school was accused of molesting a 17-year-old student, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. Kirk Patrick, 39, of Pahokee, was arrested on charges of soliciting sexual activity with a child, and battery. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on a $3,000 bond.

Two seasons after leading Glades Central to the Class 4A Championships for the first time since 1984, Patrick was fired in January amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The alleged victim, now 18, told school police that Patrick had pulled her from a class Jan. 22, driven her behind portable classrooms in a golf cart, fondled her and asked her to have sex with him. She said Patrick threatened to report her for insubordination when she tried to walk away, but then took her back to class, where she reported the incident.

BASKETBALL: Celebration in Detroit

Hundreds of thousands of Pistons fans lined downtown to honor the NBA champions, a celebration that left outspoken Rasheed Wallace almost speechless. "I don't have the words for it," said Wallace, who was wearing a Red Wings jersey. "I'm just feeling all good inside."

Spectators cheered and chanted as the Pistons rolled by the riverfront in pickup trucks. Detroit defeated the Lakers in five games.

"Actually, they were lucky to win one game," said 81-year-old owner Bill Davidson, who also owns the Lightning. Davidson, who praised fans for celebrating peacefully, was lauded later at a rally at the Pistons' arena.

"He allows me to go out and do my job," team president Joe Dumars said. "Without him this wouldn't be possible."

EX-GLOBETROTTER SENT TO PRISON: Former Harlem Globetrotter Clyde "the Glide" Austin was sentenced to 171/2 years in prison for using churches to lure people into investment schemes that cost them $16-million.

MAGIC: Owner Rich DeVos is preparing to make his best pitch to get Tracy McGrady to stay. DeVos wants the NBA's leading scorer to know the team is committed to becoming a winner. McGrady's seven-year, $93-million contract runs through 2006-07, but he can opt out after next season.

WNBA: Chamique Holdsclaw scored 24 as host Washington defeated San Antonio 76-60. ... Ticha Penicheiro had 10 points and seven assists to help visiting Sacramento defeat Minnesota 60-50.

OLYMPICS: Jones passes test

In the latest attempt to clear her name from drug allegations, Marion Jones took a lie detector test that her lawyer says vindicates the star sprinter. Attorney Joseph Burton sent the results to the United States Anti-Doping Agency. "The passing of the polygraph just vindicates and supports fully the position Marion has taken through all of this time," Burton said. But World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound is unimpressed. Pound said her call for a public hearing was a "grandstand performance," and accused her of trying to subvert proper hearing procedures.

TENNIS: All-Williams final possible

There could be a third straight all-Williams final at Wimbledon. 3 Serena Williams, the two-time defending champion, and 3 Venus were placed in opposite halves of the women's draw. On the men's side, top-seeded defending champion 3 Roger Federer has 2001 winner 3 Lleyton Hewitt in his half, while No. 2 3 Andy Roddick has 3 Tim Henman in his section.

CYCLING: Ullrich still leads

Niki Aebersold won the sixth stage of the Tour de Suisse and Jan Ullrich retained his overall lead.

[Last modified June 18, 2004, 01:13:22]


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