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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 5, 2000


Arrest warrant issued for Maxwell

SuperSonics guard Vernon Maxwell is accused of assaulting a woman in her Charlotte home, according to a warrant seeking his arrest.

Heidi Hayden, 31, told police she was punched and kicked several times in her home just after midnight Saturday. Hayden sustained bruises and scratches and refused treatment, a police report says.

A captain with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a warrant has been issued for Maxwell's arrest but would not elaborate on what happened or the search for him. Attempts to contact Hayden and Maxwell were unsuccessful.

Maxwell, 34, has been in trouble with the law and the NBA in the past. Maxwell, who has a Charlotte address, spent about two months with the Hornets in 1998 before serving a 90-day jail sentence for a 1995 marijuana possession conviction in Houston.

Maxwell also was suspended for 10 games without pay and fined $20,000 in 1995 for going into the stands and punching a fan who had been heckling him at a game in Portland.

The relationship, if any, between Maxwell and Hayden is unclear. Maxwell and his wife, have three children, according to the Sonics' Web site.

COLLEGES: N.C. State will name Middle Tennessee State's Lee Fowler as its athletics director today, the Charlotte Observer reported. Fowler will replace Les Robinson, who left the Wolfpack to become athletics director at The Citadel. The other finalist, Bobby Purcell, the executive director of the Wolfpack club, was not chosen primarily because Purcell doesn't have experience running an athletics department, the paper reported. Other contenders were Lee Moon from Wyoming and Jim Copeland from Southern Methodist. Last week Copeland withdrew from consideration when he learned N.C. State would not approach his SMU salary, and Moon withdrew when he learned Fowler was the leading candidate, the paper said.

HORSE RACING: The 2-year-old colt Eyesa Special, with Jacky Martin aboard, ran the fastest 440 yards in the history of the All American Futurity.

He hit the wire two lengths in front of the filly Fashionisanattitude at Ruidoso Downs, N.M., and with some help from a tailwind was timed in 21.097 seconds.

Eyesa Special earned $1-million from the record $2.2-million purse for the partnership of Jim Pitts, Terry Bell and Homer Hill.

The win was the third in four races for the horse, but familiar territory Martin and trainer Jack Brooks. Over the past 22 years, they have teamed to write a legacy in quarter horse racing not likely to be matched anytime soon.

Brooks has won eight All Americans, five more than any other trainer. It was Martin's seventh win and all were aboard horses trained by Brooks. No other jockey has won the All American more than three times.

MORE HORSE RACING: Jerry Bailey ended another successful Saratoga meeting, riding Perfect Sting to a three-quarter length victory in the $500,000 Diana Handicap. Bailey finished the meeting with 50 victories to break the record of 48 he set in 1997. Jorge Chavez was second with 37. ... Northern Quest beat Alvo Certo by 11/2 lengths in the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap. ... Pine Dance, making his first start on the dirt, charged from next-to-last in a field of 10 to win the $300,000 Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park by three lengths. ... Powerful Toy held off a late charge by favored Astreos and survived a foul claim to win the $331,350 Cane Pace at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey. ... Groomstick Stock beat Reporter by a half-length in the $100,000 Spend A Buck Handicap at Calder. ... Storm Dream won the $200,000 Boiling Springs as the Meadowlands opened its 54-date thoroughbred meet.

NHL: The Canadiens re-signed defenseman Sheldon Souray to a two-year contract, the team said. Souray, who began the season with the Devils, was acquired in March with defenseman Josh deWolf for defenseman Vladimir Malakhov. Souray, 23, had eight assists in 52 games with New Jersey and added three goals in 19 games with Montreal. He had 114 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound defenseman, New Jersey's third pick in the 1994 draft, has seven goals, 22 assists and 309 penalty minutes in 201 career games with New Jersey and Montreal. Financial terms of the contract weren't disclosed.

AUTO RACING: Tony Schumacher raced to his first U.S. Nationals victory, beating Gary Clapshaw in the final in Clermont, Ind., to regain the lead in the NHRA Top Fuel standings. Schumacher, who won when Clapshaw fouled at the start, moved 69 points ahead of first-round loser Gary Scelzi. Schumacher has four victories this year and five in his career. Schumacher, who defeated Doug Herbert, Larry Dixon and Kenny Bernstein in earlier rounds, had a final run of 4.644 seconds at a top speed of 316.90 mph. Jim Epler, Jeg Coughlin, Antron Brown and Bob Panella also raced to their first U.S. Nationals victories in the $2.6-million competition. Epler drove to his second Funny Car victory of the season, beating Whit Bazemore with a pass of 5.017 seconds at 285.41 mph. Bazemore lost traction and finished in 5.968 seconds at 197.19 mph. Coughlin extended his Pro Stock lead with his seventh victory of the season and 17th of his career. He beat Ron Krisher with a run of 6.968 seconds at 196.96 mph. Brown earned $35,000 with his third Pro Stock Motorcycle victory of the season. Brown, who added a $10,000 NHRA double-up bonus to his weekend winnings of $25,000, beat John Smith with a 7.268-second run at 181.03 mph. Panella extended his Pro Stock Truck lead with a victory against John Coughlin. Panella had a track-record run of 7.535 seconds at 176.86 mph for his fourth victory.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Tired of the rumors that had her with one foot in the grave, Virginia coach Debbie Ryan called a news conference to set the record straight. And the straight record, she said, is this: She is recovering from pancreatic cancer, has gotten nothing but good reports since her surgery last month, and has no intention of leaving her post.

SOCCER: The MetroStars called up goaltender Paul Grafer from the Long Island Rough Riders to replace Olympic-bound Tim Howard on the roster. General manager Nick Sakiewicz said the team reached an agreement with Long Island that will enable Grafer to play with both teams in their playoff runs. The Rough Riders are a minor league affiliate of the MetroStars. ... Tunisia will stage the African Cup of Nations in 2004, easily beating out two other bids, the African Football Confederation announced.

BOXING: Panama's Mauricio Martinez stopped Nicaragua's Lester Fuentes in the fifth round in machester, England to take the vacant WBO bantamweight title. Martinez climbed off the floor three times, twice in the first and again in the fourth, to stun Fuentes with a left hook that left the previously unbeaten fighter into the ropes. A straight right sent Fuentes crashing to the canvas and ended the bout. Martinez improved to 18-3-1.

CYCLING: Santos Gonzalez took the overall lead in the Tour of Spain after finishing fifth in the 10th stage. Gonzalez took the lead from Abraham Olano, who had the lead for one day. Rafael Cardenas won the 100-mile stage from Sabadell to La Molina, finishing in 4 hours, 34 minutes, 10 seconds. Jon Odriozola was second. Gonzalez finished 15 seconds behind Cardenas, and has an overall time of 33:45:30 -- 52 seconds ahead of Olano.

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