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Ex-champ facing rape charges

By wire services
Published October 7, 2004

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Former welterweight champion Ricardo Mayorga returned home Wednesday after a loss to Felix Trinidad and almost immediately was ordered under house arrest.

Mayorga, knocked out in a middleweight bout Saturday in New York, surrendered in court to face sexual abuse charges. A 20-year-old woman last month accused the boxer of rape. He acknowledged having sex with her at a hotel but said it was consensual.

Accompanied by a dozen bodyguards, his mother and his lawyer, Mayorga walked into court as supporters cried "Let him out!" and critics shouted back at them: "Accomplices!" Judge Marta Lorena Martinez placed him under house arrest and posted a bond of $9,000.

On Tuesday, Mayorga told Nicaraguan reporters who had accompanied him to New York that he was retiring from boxing. He has a record of 27-5-1.

PARDON: The U.S. Senate passed a resolution asking President George W. Bush to pardon former champion Jack Johnson, a black man convicted more than 90 years ago of taking a white woman across state lines. Johnson won the black heavyweight world title in 1903 and then knocked out white champion Tommy Burns in Australia in 1908.

SOCCER: Muslim group threatens women's tournament

The organizers of Bangladesh's first women's tournament promised to keep playing despite protests by a Muslim group that called the event "indecent and against Islamic norms." The 10-day tournament started Monday in Dhaka with eight regional teams. Games on the first two days attracted moderate crowds, but Wednesday's two games had to be put off because of a wet field following overnight torrential rains. A little-known Islamic group demanded suspension of the tournament during a protest Tuesday outside the national mosque in Dhaka. The protesters from the Islamic Unity Movement also threatened to raid the tournament's downtown site if the competition went forward. "Stop the nude exhibition on the field in the name of football," read a banner carried by the protesters.

DOPING: FIFA fined Italy, the Netherlands and France for being too lenient with doping offenders. The Italian and Dutch federations were fined $8,000, while the French will pay $11,500 for failing to abide by minimum rules - a six-month suspension plus a fine - for punishing drug infractions. The three associations were warned that if they continue to inadequately punish such offenses, FIFA will impose harsher sanctions.

MLS: John Ellinger, the U.S. under-17 national team coach for the past seven years, was hired as coach of the expansion team in Salt Lake City.

COLLEGES: USF lands Brandon star

When Zaronn Cann tore three knee ligaments in January, several major colleges stopped recruiting the 6-foot-6 Brandon star. South Florida was one of the few that kept in contact and Cann, a senior, rewarded the Bulls by committing to play basketball in 2005.

"He gives them a 6-6 kid who can shoot the ball pretty well and rebound," Brandon coach Mark Hermann said. "And he can defend guys that are 6-8. It's a big commitment for USF."

Cann averaged 19 points and nine rebounds last season. He missed the second half of the season but was cleared by doctors to play this week, Hermann said. Cann also considered Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

- KEITH NIEBUHR, GREG AUMAN, Times staff writers

TENNIS: Florida senior Zerene Reyes upset top-seeded Courtney Bergman of Harvard 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the third round of the qualifying draw at the Riviera/ITA All-American Women's Tennis Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. ... Florida junior Chris Brandi and freshman Greg Ouellette advanced to the main draw of the Men's All-American Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn. FSU's Chris Westerhof was eliminated in the final round.

VOLLEYBALL: University of Tampa defeated host Rollins 30-24, 30-18, 26-30, 30-22 in a conference match.

SOCCER: Camille Katz scored her second goal of the season but host Eckerd fell to Lynn University 3-1.

TENNIS: Dementieva ousted

Two-time major finalist Elena Dementieva joined the parade of seeded players upset at the Porsche Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany, losing 6-0, 7-5 to American qualifier Lisa Raymond. Lindsay Davenport breezed past Alicia Molik of Australia 6-1, 6-0 in the second round. ... Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt struggled to three-set victories at the Japan Open in Tokyo. Sharapova, seeded No. 1 and the defending champion in Tokyo, beat Samantha Stosur 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to get to the quarterfinals. Hewitt got past Gouichi Motomura 6-0, 3-6, 6-1. ... Hicham Arazi of Morocco upset defending champion and second-seeded Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the first round of the $980,000 Lyon Open in France.

ET CETERA

DOPING: Gainesville's Rae Monzavous Edwards has been disqualified from his third-place finish in the 100 meters at the Norwich Union International after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana. ... The Senate passed a bill by voice vote that would curtail sales of steroid precursors. Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., said the bill would add 18 substances to the list of banned anabolic steroids.

SWIMMING: Six weeks after winning six gold medals and two bronzes in Athens, Michael Phelps will swim six events in a 25-meter pool at the World Short Course Championships that begin today in Indianapolis.

SKIING: World slalom champion Ivica Kostelic has been cleared of serious health problems and will return to the slopes this weekend. Kostelic was tested at an Austrian clinic after experiencing fatigue and an accelerated pulse rate.

[Last modified October 7, 2004, 00:30:24]


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