Witness Says Teen Flirted With Chmura

From Staff and Wire Reports

The teen who accused Mark Chmura of sexual assault flirted with the former Green Bay Packer player at a drunken post-prom party and willingly went into a bathroom with him, a high school football player testified Thursday at Waukesha, Wis.

Michael Kleber also testified that prosecutors threatened to arrest him if he didn’t change his statement to say he didn’t remember what happened.

“I figured if I tell them the right things, I’m done,” Kleber, 17, told defense attorney Gerald Boyle. “I didn’t have to worry about anything anymore.”


Chmura’s accuser has testified Kleber is lying.

Chmura’s accuser, a former baby-sitter for his two sons, says Chmura pulled her into a bathroom during the April 9 party at his friend Robert Gessert’s house, pulled down her pants and had sex with her without her consent.

Chmura, 31, has pleaded not guilty to third-degree sexual assault and child enticement charges. He could face up to 40 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Testimony is expected to conclude Saturday.


Statements Denver Bronco linebacker Bill Romanowski made to federal drug agents should be thrown out because he was not read his Miranda rights, his attorney said in court papers at Denver.

Romanowski is accused of illegally obtaining the appetite suppressant phentermine, which was prescribed for his wife and a friend. He is charged with one count each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and deceit and two counts of conspiracy.

The Romanowskis are scheduled to appear in court Thursday to discuss their motions.


French police have asked cycling’s world governing body for access to blood samples taken from Lance Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service team during last year’s Tour de France.

The Swiss-based International Cycling Union, known by its French initials UCI, notified U.S. Postal that it had received the request, team General Manager Mark Gorski said.


It appeared the request was made as part of the investigation by French authorities into allegations that U.S. Postal riders may have used banned substances during last year’s Tour, Gorski said.

U.S. Postal has written to the UCI requesting that the samples be released to the French authorities, Gorski said. “We want to make sure that the French police have access to the information that they need relative to their investigation,” he said.


Two stadiums in Madrid and one in La Coruna were chosen by FIFA as sites for this summer’s Club World Championship in Spain.

The tournament, which includes the Galaxy, will be played from July 29-Aug. 12 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, the home of Real Madrid and the site of the 1982 World Cup final; at Vicente Calderon Stadium, the home of Atletico Madrid, and at Raizor Stadium, the home of Deportivo.

U.S. national team defender Greg Vanney re-signed with the Galaxy. Contract terms were not disclosed. . . . Former U.S. national team defender Steve Trittschuh agreed to a multiyear pact with the Tampa Bay Mutiny.

The estimated opening of a new Wembley Stadium at London was pushed back six months to December 2004 by England’s Football Assn. as the design and financing are revamped.


Project chairman Sir Rodney Walker said he hoped to seek financing by April for a 90,000-seat stadium built for soccer and rugby. The most recent plan was scrapped when cost estimates reached $1 billion.

Olympiakos Piraeus star defender Giorgos Amanatidis was moved from intensive care at Athens, less than a week after being seriously injured in a car crash. Doctors said the 30-year-old player is fast recovering and may leave the hospital within 10 days. But it is unclear when--or if--he could return to play.


Top-seeded Marat Safin of Russia blew seven match points as he struggled to a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Belgian qualifier Xavier Malisse in the second round of the Milan Indoors tournament in Italy.

Second-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov, seventh-seeded Roger Federer and wild-card entry Goran Ivanisevic also moved into the quarterfinals.

Second-seeded Fernando Vicente of Spain advanced to the quarterfinals of the Colombia Open at Bogota, beating Argentina’s Ignacio Hirigoyen, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). In another second-round match in the clay-court event, seventh-seeded Andrei Stoliarov of Russia edged American Hugo Armando, 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-3.


James Weaver guided the Dyson Racing Ford to the pole position for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Daytona motor race at Daytona Beach, Fla. In rainy conditions, Weaver turned in a lap of one minute 47.381 seconds around the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway for a speed of 119.351 mph.


Former Arizona football coach Dick Tomey will receive $600,000, plus interest, in a settlement with the university. . . . Barbara “B.J.” Bedford, who spent a decade on the U.S. national swim team and won a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, is retiring. . . . Norway dominated a World Cup 1.5-kilometer sprint cross-country race at Asiago, Italy, clinching the three top spots in the men’s event and making it a 1-2 finish in the women’s. . . . Burt Fuller, who spent the last seven seasons as an assistant at UCLA, was hired as the women’s volleyball coach at Utah State. . . . Ryan Bradley, one of the United States’ top contenders for the World Junior Figure Skating Championships this month, withdrew because of a fractured right knee.

Jim Leyritz and Matt Franco agreed to minor league contracts with the New York Mets. . . . John Vander Wal, unhappy that newly acquired right fielder Derek Bell may take away much of his playing time, has asked the Pittsburgh Pirates to trade him. . . . Boston Red Sox infielder Chris Stynes avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $1.3-million, one-year contract. . . . First baseman/outfielder Dave McCarty and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a $1.6-million, two-year contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing.