Originally created 06/27/99



Zaranton Bowles, representing the North Augusta Boxing Club, finished as the silver medalist in the week-long National Junior Olympic Championships for 15-16-year-olds that concluded Saturday in Marquette, Mich.

Bowles, competing in the Super Heavyweight division, lost to defending champion Mike Wilson of Oregon in the title bout.

Omri Lowther, representing the Augusta Boxing Club, was the silver medalist in the 156-pound division, falling to Keith Nathan of Ohio in the finals.

North Augusta's Clint Tapley in the quarterfinals to Heribeto Sanchez of Texas in the 156-pound division.

Augusta's Jason Pinckney (125 pounds) lost in the preliminaries, as did the Aiken duo of Marchello Danley (95 pounds) and Christopher Jordan (106).


Anthony Simmons, the Seattle Seahawks' first-round draft pick last year, has been accused of assault, battery and outrage and is being sought after failing to appear in court.

A complaint against Simmons, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker from Spartanburg, S.C., and three-time All-American at Clemson, was filed in King County (Wash.) Superior Court by Vernetta Williams.

According to court documents, Simmons said he was acting on a dare by friends when he "grabbed her throat with one hand and he grabbed her crotch with his other hand" on April 1 at H.D. Hotspurs, a nightclub in the Seattle suburb.

He was charged with fourth-degree assault but failed to appear for arraignment May 28 in Municipal Court. On June 2, a Municipal Court judge issued a warrant for Simmons' arrest.


Iowa State guard Travis Spivey, whose short stay with the Cyclones was marred with legal problems, has been kicked off the team.

Spivey, 21, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse after two teen-age girls said he raped them.


Rob Murphy, an All-American offensive lineman dismissed from Ohio State for poor grades, will make himself eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft July 8.

Murphy, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound guard, was suspended from the team last spring for academic reasons before OSU dismissed him from school Wednesday.


Seattle SuperSonics forward Vin Baker has decided to terminate the remainder of his contract by opting for free agency as of July 1.

Baker, 27, a four-time All-Star coming off his worst season, will be free to sign with any club, but has said his first choice is to remain with the Sonics.

The maximum he could receive would be a seven-year contract worth nearly $87 million from the Sonics. He could lose more than $20 million by signing with another club.


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