Originally created 01/04/06



Past champ Hearns accused of assault

In Southfield, Mich., former boxing champion Thomas Hearns has been accused of striking his son during an argument, and faces misdemeanor assault and battery charges.

Police in this Detroit suburb said they were called to Hearns' home by his wife on Sunday evening and told that the 47-year-old boxer struck his 13-year-old son.

When police arrived, they found the teenager with a small cut and a bruise over one of his eyes, Detective John Harris said. Hearns was arrested without incident and jailed until his arraignment Monday morning.

Michigan law requires police to make an arrest if someone is injured in a domestic assault case.

Hearns held WBA, WBC, WBU and IBO titles ranging from the welterweight to cruiserweight divisions between 1980 and 1999, and had memorable fights with Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Marvelous Marvin Hagler.


Astros sign Wilson to unusual contract

In Houston, the Astros agreed to a contract with outfielder Preston Wilson that will pay him $4.5 million for one season or $28 million over four years.

Wilson gets $4 million this year. Under the unusual deal, the Astros must decide at the end of the season whether to exercise a $24 million, three-year option that carries a $500,000 buyout.

The right-handed Wilson hit .260 with 25 home runs and 90 RBI with Colorado and Washington last season. He also struck out 148 times.

- In Phoenix, the Diamondbacks reached a preliminary agreement on a minor league contract with much-traveled pitcher Terry Mulholland.

The left-hander, who turns 43 in March, would get an $800,000, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster.

- In San Diego, the Padres agreed to a $500,000, one-year deal with right-hander Dewon Brazelton and gave catcher Todd Greene, a former Augusta GreenJacket, a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Greene, 34, had seven home runs and 23 RBI for Colorado last year.

College Basketball

Jaguars adjust time for doubleheader

Augusta State will hold an after-school special for elementary and middle-school students as part of today's Peach Belt Conference men's and women's basketball doubleheader with Clayton State.

The women's game will now start at 4 p.m. at Christenberry Fieldhouse, with the men's game now set for 6.

All elementary and middle-school-aged students (through eighth grade) will receive complimentary admission along with one adult. Admission at the gate is $5, and Augusta State students are admitted free with a valid ID.

Indoor Football

Spartans to hold individual tryouts

The Augusta Spartans will be holding tryouts Saturday at Augusta-Richmond County Recreation Department baseball field off Lumpkin Road. Registration begins at 12 p.m. Cost is $50.

The Spartans, a first-year team in the American Indoor Football League, begin play at home March 10.

For more information, call head coach Bubba Diggs at (803) 613-9444.


Canada to face U.S without top players

Canada will be missing its top stars and will rely on eight North American-based players and eight who play in Scandinavia for its Jan. 22 exhibition game against the United States in San Diego.

The 19-man Canadian roster also includes defender-midfielder Ante Jazic of Russia's FC Kuban and two players currently without clubs: defender Marco Reda and defender-midfielder Adrian Serioux.

Canada will be missing several players with English teams, including Fulham's Tomasz Radzinski, Tottenham's Paul Stalteri and Leicester's Iain Hume.


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