Originally created 01/17/97

Overtime - Brandon Mitchem to see action in ring

Augusta's Brandon Mitchem will box in his first six-round bout today at the Reseda Country Club in Los Angeles. Mitchem, a welterweight with a 4-0 record, will fight an undetermined opponent. The headline bouts, to be shown on the Fox Sports Network, are Michael Nunn against Rudy Nix and Adam Vargas against Ernest Koffi.

Mitchem, who last fought Dec. 3, will box again in February, possibly on the USA Network. According to Mitchem's mother, Mitchem's manager is attempting to get Brandon on a proposed March 18 card in Augusta.

BASEBALL: Jose Mesa, the Cleveland Indians' record-setting relief pitcher, was indicted Thursday on a charge of raping a 26-year-old woman he met at a nightclub.

Mesa, 30, also was indicted on two counts of gross sexual imposition, one count of felonious assault, and one count each of theft and carrying a concealed weapon related to a complaint by two women Dec. 22, said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

The county grand jury also indicted Mesa's friend, David F. Blanco, 34, of Solon, Ohio, on one count of gross sexual imposition and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

Gerald Messerman, Mesa's lawyer, said the pitcher would plead innocent.

"We have ample evidence that he is what he always has been - an innocent man," Messerman said.

Mesa and Blanco were arrested Dec. 27 on charges they fondled two women at a hotel in suburban Lakewood. The women told police they had met Mesa, who is married, and Blanco at a downtown nightclub. Police said they found 9mm handguns in each man's car when they arrested them.

NFL: A woman charged with filing a false police report implicating two Dallas football players in a sexual assault was a rape victim, her lawyer contended Thursday.

Nina Shahravan, 23, turned herself in at the Dallas County jail about 5 p.m. Thursday and posted $500 bond on a misdemeanor charge of perjury.

Police had accused her earlier this week of filing a false police report, a Class B misdemeanor, but prosecutors increased the charge to Class A misdemeanor perjury, which carries a stiffer penalty.

Shahravan refused comment as deputies ushered her in the jail's back door, but her lawyer, David Smith, denied that she had lied in her accusations against Cowboys stars Michael Irvin and Erik Williams.

"I don't believe my client is guilty," Smith said. "My client doesn't believe she's guilty of any offense. I represent the victim of a rape."

TRACK AND FIELD: The place and time for the race that will determine the world's fastest man finally has been confirmed - it will be at SkyDome on May 31.

Michael Johnson and Canadian Donovan Bailey will run for the right to the fastest-man title in a special 150-meter event.

Johnson won an unprecedented double gold in the men's 200 and 400 meters at the Atlanta Olympics last summer, setting a world record of 19.32 seconds in the 200. Bailey won the Olympic 100 meters in a world record 9.84.


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