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Tonya Harding Arrested in Domestic Assault

From Staff and Wire Reports

Former figure skater Tonya Harding was arrested for allegedly throwing a hubcap at her live-in boyfriend and repeatedly punching him in the face in Camas, Wash.

She was booked Tuesday night for investigation of fourth-degree domestic violence assault after an altercation that left Darren Silver’s face bruised and bloodied, Camas police said. She was released an hour later and ordered to appear today in municipal court.

Police said Harding and Silver have lived together about three years.

Silver said Harding, who teaches figure skating at a Portland, Ore., mall, was “hooking me like Mike Tyson,” the police account stated.

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In 1994 Harding pleaded guilty to covering up for her former husband and his friends, who hatched a plot to injure Harding’s chief rival, skater Nancy Kerrigan, as she practiced for the national figure skating championship in Detroit in January 1994. Later that year, Harding received a lifetime ban from amateur skating for her part in the attack on Kerrigan.

Pro Football

Baltimore Raven linebacker Ray Lewis and two co-defendants accused of killing two men outside an Atlanta nightclub will go on trial May 15, defense attorney Ed Garland announced.

Lewis, 24, and Joseph Sweeting, 34, of Miami, and Reginald Oakley, 31, of Baltimore, were indicted on murder charges in the Jan. 31 deaths.

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Continuing to revamp their defensive line, the Denver Broncos signed free-agent defensive end Lester Archambeau, 32, to a reported seven-year, $17.5-million deal. Archambeau, 32, a former Atlanta Falcon, reportedly will get a $2.5-million bonus. . . . Running back Darnell Autry, 23, was reinstated to the Philadelphia Eagles’ active roster after being on the reserve-retired list since October 1998 to pursue an acting career. . . . Guard Keith Sims, who revived his career with the Washington Redskins, signed a three-year deal worth a reported $4 million with the team. Sims, 32, was a three-time Pro Bowl selection with the Miami Dolphins from 1993-95 before injuries and poor play nearly forced him out of the game. . . . Defensive tackle Norman Hand, 27, the leader of the San Diego Chargers’ defensive line last season, signed a five-year, $20-million contract with the New Orleans Saints.

College Football

Arkansas assistant coach Danny Nutt, hospitalized earlier this month for a bleeding brain stem, was readmitted for observation in Little Rock. . . . Four Montana State players, including starting linebacker Joe Baker and safety Steve Salo, left the team, increasing to five the players that have left since Coach Mike Kramer was hired in December. Redshirt linebacker Jesse Miller and receiver Phil Wright also departed, joining part-time starting quarterback Dusty Broderick, who transferred to North Dakota. . . . Temple tailback Elmarko Jackson was upgraded from critical condition to fair condition Wednesday night, two days after being stabbed in the heart on the steps of a university dorm in Philadelphia.

Tennis

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Tim Henman, England’s top-ranked player and seeded No. 3, was upset, 7-6 (3), 7-5, by Argentina’s Mariano Zabaleta in the first round of the AXA Cup in London.

In other matches, top-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov defeated Andrei Medvedev, 6-3, 6-4; Jeff Tarango beat Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden, 7-5, 6-4; Canadian-born Briton Greg Rusedski, seeded No. 5, beat Jerome Golmard of France, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), and sixth-seeded Cedric Pioline of France defeated Alberto Martin of Spain, 7-5, 7-6 (5).

Soccer

Lothar Matthaeus set a record by playing in his 144th international game in Germany’s 2-1 loss to the Netherlands in an exhibition in Amsterdam. Matthaeus, a 38-year-old defender who joins Major League Soccer’s New York/New Jersey MetroStars in March, had been tied with former Sweden goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli. . . . Stanley Matthews, the first soccer player to be knighted and one of the commanding figures in the sport, died at 85 in London. . . . The MLS Cup is returning to RFK Stadium Oct. 15. The title game drew a record 57,431 rain-soaked fans when it was first played in the nation’s capital in 1997. . . . April Heinrichs, the new coach of the U.S. women’s soccer team, hired three youth coaches. UCLA women’s Coach Jillian Ellis will coach the Under-21s, Steve Swanson the Under-18s and Tracey Leone the Under-16s and Under-14s. . . . FIFA, soccer’s governing body, plans to establish a list of professional referees by the end of 2000 who would officiate at the 2002 World Cup finals.

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Miscellany

The third race in the America’s Cup final between defender New Zealand and challenger Italy was canceled today because of lack of wind. New Zealand leads the best-of-nine series, 2-0. . . . Mike Ditka, fired as a coach of the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 5, is returning to television as a studio analyst on CBS’ “The NFL Today.” CBS is expected to make an announcement today. Ditka, who worked for NBC as a studio analyst for four years after being fired by the Chicago Bears in 1992, is not replacing anyone on the show, a CBS source said.

Senator Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), a baseball Hall of Famer, introduced a bill that would authorize President Clinton to award boxing great Muhammad Ali with a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow upon an individual.

Officials of the L.A. Marathon presented their annual Patsy Choco Courage Award to three people at a luncheon at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. The Choco Award, honoring a former cancer patient who walked the marathon in 1993 despite her illness and died a year later, was shared by Rosanna Ferraro of Santa Monica; Brandi Dias of Arroyo Grande and Ruben Hernandez. Ferraro, a teacher, has made her comeback after undergoing a mastectomy. Dias has had acute mylogeneous leukemia and a bone marrow transplant. Hernandez, blinded in a gang initiation gun attack, recruits Latino wheelchair athletes for the marathon.

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