Originally created 08/08/03

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Basketball

Stackhouse gets charge dropped

A misdemeanor assault charge against Washington Wizards guard Jerry Stackhouse has been dropped after the former All-Star apologized to the alleged victim.

Stackhouse was arrested last month in Atlantic Beach, N.C., on a charge of assault on a female after a dispute at a rental property with an employee of the property manager, according to an arrest report.

W. David McFadyen Jr., district attorney for Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties, said that Stackhouse had apologized. The alleged victim, Patricia Nagy of Newport, was at the hearing but Stackhouse was not, the Carteret County News-Times reported.

"He sent an apology to the victim, and she said that was satisfactory," McFadyen told the newspaper.

Tennis

Agassi recovers against wild-card

Andre Agassi stumbled out to a 4-1 deficit, then recovered to beat local wild-card entry Simon Larose 6-4, 6-2 and reach the quarterfinals of the Canada Masters in Montreal.

The top-seeded Agassi, a three-time champion at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open, wasn't worried when he trailed.

"I quickly turned it around," he said. "Today, I definitely took a big step forward."

Agassi next faces Rainer Schuettler in a rematch of their Australian Open final in January. Agassi beat the German in straight sets then.

Schuettler, seeded eighth, beat 10th-seeded Jiri Novak 7-5, 6-0.

Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, seeded third, eliminated No. 16 Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-3, setting up a quarterfinal against Max Mirnyi, who upset No. 11 Paradorn Sri-chaphan 6-3, 6-2.

Hockey

Top scorer Demitra returns to Blues

Pavol Demitra will stay with the St. Louis Blues after the team agreed to re-sign him to the one-year $6.5 million salary an arbitrator set this week.

Following the ruling Mon-day, the Blues had until Thurs-day to decide whether to keep Demitra, their top scorer with 36 goals and 93 points, trade him or allow him to become a free agent.