Published: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 12:07 a.m.

Sworn complaints to be filed against 3 players

  • Sworn complaints will be filed against three University of Florida football players suspected of ripping mirrors off several cars in downtown Gainesville early Sunday morning, police said.
    Identified as the culprits by a witness were Maurice "Mo" Mitchell, 22, Brian Crum, 19, and Randolph Crowder, 19, said Gainesville Police Cpl. Keith Kameg.
    The men denied any knowledge or participation in the damage, Kameg said.
    Mitchell, a rising junior, plays offensive tackle. Crum redshirted this season and plays receiver and defensive back, while Crowder joined the team in January and plays linebacker.
    The incident was reported about 1:07 a.m. when a witness told Officer Carol Davis, who was parked at 407 S. Main St., that three men were tearing the mirrors off cars along the west side of SW 2nd Street, Kameg said.
    Moments later the witness pointed Mitchell, Crum and Crowder out to Davis, Kameg said. He added that she learned they were going to Watson's Towing to retrieve Crowder's car.
    Davis checked cars along 2nd Street for damage and then went to Watson's to interview the three, Kameg said. They denied involvement but Davis decided to file a sworn complaint based on several factors.
    "Due to the person giving the officer information, the time, the proximity, them being the only ones on the street and the way the cars were damaged, (Davis) is filing eight separate sworn complaints on the three individuals," Kameg said.
    "Each will be charged with eight misdemeanors for criminal mischief. The damage exceeds $1,000. That could be a felony, but the state attorney will make that call."
    - Cindy Swirko SOCCER

    United States' 12-game win streak snapped

  • SAN DIEGO - Japan surprised defending World Cup champion United States by playing to a scoreless tie Sunday, snapping the Americans' 12-game winning streak.
    The U.S. came out sluggish in the first 10 minutes before applying offensive pressure through the rest of the first half. But the Americans could not sustain an attack in the second half and failed to score for the first time in 17 matches since a scoreless tie against Germany on Jan. 25.
    The United States hasn't lost since March 5, 2002, against Norway.
    After dropping 13 straight matches to the United States, Japan has gotten ties in the last two matches. The U.S. increased its home unbeaten streak to 17 matches.
    The Americans, who outshot Japan 12-4, failed to convert on a number of scoring chances, all in the first half.
    Aly Wagner, who received the Hermann Trophy as college soccer's top player on Saturday night, got off the first U.S. shot in the 19th minute, but missed over the top of the goal.
    Lorrie Farr missed an open net from 15 feet out in the 33rd minute. Later Brandi Chastain's header just missed over the top of the crossbar in the 39th minute.
    The U.S. took nine shots compared to three for Japan in the first half.

    Boxer Johnny Tapia's condition improves

  • LAS VEGAS - Boxer Johnny Tapia's condition was upgraded from critical to serious Sunday, a day after he fell down and lost consciousness.
    A University Medical Center spokesman provided no further information other than the five-time world champion's condition had improved.
    Tapia was admitted to the hospital early Saturday morning after he was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia. He was placed on a respirator and was being treated for head trauma.

    Reds add right hander Paul Wilson to staff

  • CINCINNATI - Right-hander Paul Wilson signed a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, a move that general manager Jim Bowden said would give the Reds a proven fourth starter.
    "Paul has the ability to pitch 180 to 200 innings a year," Bowden said. "We felt it was important to add another proven starter to join Ryan Dempster, Jimmy Haynes and Danny Graves in the rotation."
    Wilson, 29, who was not tendered a contract by Tampa Bay, was 6-12 with a 4.83 ERA last season for the Devil Rays.
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