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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 4, 2001


Miami jury convicts man of stalking Hingis

Jurors in Miami on Tuesday convicted a man accused of stalking Martina Hingis, rejecting arguments by the defense that he never threatened the tennis star and was trying only to romance her.

Jurors deliberated for 21/2 hours before announcing the verdict in the stalking and trespassing case against Dubravko Rajcevic, a 46-year-old Croatian-born naval architect.

The jury found Rajcevic guilty on all of the four misdemeanor charges against him: one count of stalking and three counts of trespassing at the 2000 Ericsson Open near Miami. He faces up to four years in state prison.

Rajcevic initially showed no reaction when the verdict was read, then gave a half-smile.

After the jury was escorted out of the courtroom, Rajcevic blurted questions at Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Kevin Emas.

"Why no black people on my jury? All the black people were eliminated from my jury," Rajcevic said.

Emas replied by telling him to discuss that with his defense attorney, Frank Abrams.

Emas granted Abrams' request to have a psychologist visit Rajcevic in jail before his sentencing April 12. But Rajcevic told the judge he would not cooperate, and Emas said he could not force him to do so.

Rajcevic said: "I don't need that type of help. I need legal help, not psychological help."

Hingis was not present in the courtroom, and two representatives of her management agency declined to comment.

SOCCER: Bob Bradley signed a multiyear contract to remain as coach and director of operations of the Chicago Fire, returning for a fourth season for the MLS team. ... Paulo Sergio scored with five minutes left to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win against host Manchester United in the first leg of the European Champions Cup quarterfinals.

OLYMPICS: South Korean Committee President Kim Un Yong declared his candidacy to replace Juan Antonio Samaranch as president of the International Olympic Committee.

HOCKEY: Hanne Sikio scored two goals as Finland beat Germany 5-2 in round-robin play at the Women's World Championships in St. Cloud, Minn. Finland, 2-0 in Pool B, will face the United States on Thursday in Minneapolis.

TRACK AND FIELD: Dieter Baumann intends to defy his international drug ban and the wishes of organizers by running in the Hamburg Marathon if he wins a court order. Baumann, the 1992 Olympic champion at 5,000 meters, is suspended until 2003 after testing positive for the steroid nandrolone.

GYMNASTICS: Vehicular homicide charges have been filed in Sanford against a woman accused of causing a wreck that killed her teen-age daughter and the daughter of Rita and Kevin Brown, internationally known coaches. The charges against Mary L. Hill, 50, a neighbor of the Browns, were filed Monday, nearly seven months after the accident that killed Amanda Hill, 13, and Carrie Brown, 14. Zachary Rockwell, 14, suffered brain injuries in the wreck.

BOXING: Former heavyweight champion Greg Page, hospitalized since being knocked out in a March 9 fight, was transferred from University Hospital in Cincinnati to Frazier Rehabilitation Center in Louisville, Ky. Hospital spokeswoman Pat Sampson said Page remains in fair condition.

CURLING: Kari Erickson's American rink lost two matches to drop from first to fourth in the round-robin standings in the World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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