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Sprewell Is Questioned in Alleged Sexual Assault

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Police questioned former NBA player Latrell Sprewell on Wednesday over a sexual assault allegation in Milwaukee.

A 21-year-old Milwaukee woman reported a sexual assault on a boat at the McKinley Marina on Tuesday, but Milwaukee police spokeswoman Anne Schwartz would not discuss the specifics of that alleged assault.

Schwartz said Sprewell voluntarily appeared at the police department with his attorneys and gave police permission to search his boat. Schwartz declined to say if Sprewell, scheduled to meet with the district attorney’s office this afternoon, was a suspect in the assault.

Sprewell’s attorneys did not respond to phone calls.

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Sprewell, 35, was a four-time All-Star but is perhaps most known for several off-court incidents -- including a 68-game suspension after choking Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo at a practice in 1997.

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Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson is being sued for $2.4 million amid claims he helped hire a security team accused of attacking four men at a Hampton, Va., nightclub last year.

Attorney Stephen Bricker said Priest Brown, Robin Isman, Arthur Simmons and Daryl Cooper were assaulted by members of “The Horsemen,” a security team they say was hired by Iverson and Gary Moore, Iverson’s business manager, to control the crowd during a July 9, 2005 event at a sports bar, according to papers filed Monday.

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Iverson’s attorney did not return calls seeking comment.

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DRUGS IN SPORTS

U.S. Athletes Urged to Increase Efforts

The U.S. congressional chairman who pressured Major League Baseball in 2005 to crack down on steroid use chided pro athletes for failing to do more to steer children away from the performance-enhancing drugs.

“I find it hard to believe that the leagues and players associations cannot identify professional athletes who would be willing to take time out of their schedules to discuss such an important topic with their young fans,” House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican, said.

Davis made the comments in receiving recommendations to curb use of steroids by children.

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PRO BASKETBALL

Arenas Frustrated by U.S. Tryouts

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, who left the U.S. team playing in the FIBA world championships on Aug. 14 claiming a groin injury, acknowledged to the Washington Post that he wasn’t really hurt but used it as an excuse to part ways because he felt he didn’t get a fair chance.

“They already knew what they wanted. They said it was a tryout, but they already had their team selected,” said Arenas, a two-time NBA all-star who made one start and averaged 3.8 points in four tune-up games.

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Patrick Ewing resigned as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets, saying he wants to spend more time with his children.... Center Lorenzen Wright signed a two-year deal for about $6 million with the Atlanta Hawks, returning to a team he played for from 1999 to 2001.

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HOCKEY

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Isbister Signs With Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Brad Isbister to a one-year, $600,000-contract.

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The Buffalo Sabres re-signed Dmitri Kalinin, 26, for two years.

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SOCCER

Chivas USA Brings In Guadalajara’s Garcia

Chivas USA signed Mexico international defender Johnny Garcia in a bid to reach the Major League Soccer playoffs. Garcia, 28, played 138 gamesin five years with Chivas de Guadalajara. He takes the roster spot of another Mexico national team veteran, midfielder Ramon Ramirez, who has been put on injured reserve.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Fire will play host to the U.S. Open Cup final Sept. 27 if it beats D.C. United in their Wednesday semifinal. If the Fire loses, the game will be staged by the winner of the other semifinal involving the Galaxy and Houston Dynamo.

-- Grahame L. Jones

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Houston Coach Dominic Kinnear and assistant John Spencer were fined $1,000 each by the MLS disciplinary committee for inappropriate conduct toward officials following a confrontation after the Dynamo’s 3-2 loss to Chivas on Saturday.

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MISCELLANY

U.S. Softball Team Stays Unbeaten

Jamie Southern pitched a one-hit complete game to lead the defending champion U.S. team past Britain, 7-0, to remain unbeaten at the softball world championships in Beijing.

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Dirimo Chavez hit a two-run double in the 11th inning and Venezuela beat the U.S., 12-9, in Havana to advance to the second round of the Americas Baseball Olympic Qualifier. Despite the loss, the U.S. (4-1) led Pool B.

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Finnish shot putter Ville Tiisanoja tested positive for testosterone and faces a two-year ban, saying, “I admit that the result is right.” Tiisanoja finished 11th at the European Championships earlier this month in Sweden.

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Heavyweights James Toney (69-4-3, one no-decision, 43 knockouts) and Samuel Peter (26-1, 22) will weigh in at 2 p.m. today at the Star Plaza in front of Staples Center at 2 p.m. in preparation for Saturday night’s main event at the arena.

-- Steve Springer


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