The Sentinel from Carlisle, Pennsylvania on December 30, 2006 · 12
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PageB2 The Sentinel National Saturday, uecemoer ju, zuuo www.cumberlink.conl Jurisprudence Tyson aurcstecfl on' possession charge By Jacques Billeaud Associated Press Writer PHOENIX Mike Tyson was arrested early Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of cocaine after police stopped him shortly after he left a Scottsdale nightclub, police said. The former heavyweight champion appeared in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix later Friday and was ordered released without bond on a felony drug possession charge. No alcohol was detected in his system, and a DUI-drugs charge was not filed pending toxicology tests. Tyson, 40, will be required to submit to drug and alcohol testing and is prohibited from drinking or taking any nonprescription drugs while the case is pending. Tyson was dressed in an oversized golf shirt, baggy jeans and tennis shoes without strings when he was brought into court. He said nothing and appeared calm while waiting for the judge, though he periodically tapped his feet or fingers. At one point during the brief hearing he thanked Commissioner Sheila Madden. As he was leaving court, he shook his head when asked by a reporter if he wanted to comment. He did not enter a plea and did not have a lawyer. Tyson was stopped after his car almost struck a sheriff's vehicle while leaving the club around 1 :45 a.m., said Sgt. Larry Hall. "He showed signs of impairment and voluntarily submitted to field sobriety tests," said Hall, a member of the Buckeye Police Department who was working in the area as part of a holiday DUI task force. Hall said Tyson, who was alone, was placed under arrest after "showing more signs of impairment" during the field sobriety tests. Police then found cocaine on him and in his car, Hall said. According to a police probable cause statement filed in court, the officer said he saw Tyson trying to wipe a white powder off the console of his BMW. During a search, the officer found two bags of white powder in Tyson's back pocket, the statement said. "He admitted to using cocaine today and stated he is an addict and has a problem," the report said. "Mike admitted to possessing bags of cocaine and said he uses it anytime he can get his hands on it." Tyson, who shot to fame by knocking out Trevor Berbick in 1986 to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history at age 20, has had several run-ins with the law over the years, including serving prison time for rape. The most infamous incident was in the ring in 1997 when he bit Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight. The boxer had also been in the Maricopa County jail before as a guest talking to juvenile offenders about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said. "The irony is he did a great job with these kids stay away from drugs, don't drink, stay out of trouble," the sheriff said. 3 i i ' v -: i i . Mike Tyson n ,..'1 Professional Golf Tiger to skip PGA season opener By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer KAPALUA, Hawaii The PGA Tour's "new era in golf will begin with an old question. Where's Tiger? Tiger Woods decided Friday not to play next week in the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship, the second straight elite tournament he has skipped. The Mercedes is only for PGA Tour winners from the previous year; Woods also sat out the season-ending Tour Championship in November for the top 30 players on the money list. And it takes some of the sizzle out of the tour's launch of its new FedExCup competition, which it has dubbed a "new era in golf in print and TV advertising campaigns over the last month. Woods, who went skiing in Colorado with his family after winning the Target World Challenge on Dec. 17, said he did not have time to get his game ready and wanted to spend more time on vacation. He ended last year winning six ; - consecutive PGA Tour events, a-' streak that will remain On hold until Jan. 25 at the Buick Invitational in San Diego, where Woods is the two-time defending champion. He said on his Web site that the extra three weeks off "will give me much-needed extra time with my family." "I considered playing in next week's Mercedes-Benz Championship, the official launch of the new FedExCup, but I just haven't been able to prepare," Woods said. "I usually spend at least one week working on my game before a tournament, and have been unable to do that this year." It was the second straight year Woods will not play the winners-only tournament. He missed last year to spend time with his father, whose health was rapidly deteriorating from cancer. Earl Woods died May 3. The only other time Woods did not go to Kapalua was in 2003, when he was recovering from knee surgery. "Hopefully, everyone will understand," Woods said. "Obviously, this was a tough decision because Gary Pianos and his staff at Kapalua Resort always do such a great job with the event." Pianos, the vice president of operations at Kapalua and tournament host, looked for bright spots on a day of gathering clouds off the west coast of Maui. "Obviously, we're disappointed, but we've got a championship to run next week," he said. "Players and weather are risks in this business that I wish I had better control of." Woods' absence, however, is a setback to PGA Tour officials trying to build momentum for its new FedExCup competition. The tour revamped its schedule ., to feature's points race that starts1 at Mercedes-Benz Championship and concludes with four "playoff tournaments at the end of the season, with the winner getting $10 million in deferred compensation. The season starts Thursday without two of the most popular players in golf Woods and Masters champion Phil Mickel-son, who has not played at Kapalua since 2001. Ernie Els and Retief Goosen did not win on the PGA Tour last year, meaning the field at Kapalua will have only one major champion from '06 (Geoff Ogilvy) and only eight of the top 20 players in the world. "We understand that when Tiger chooses not to play, fans and sponsors are disappointed," PGA Tour spokesman Bob Combs said. "It's important to remain focused that the Mercedes-Benz Championship still has a great field and there are lots of great story lines, including Stuart Appleby going for his fourth win in a row." As for the FedExCup, Kapalua is the first of 35 tournaments in the points race for spots in the four-event playoffs. Combs said someone will earn 4,500 points next week "and that person will be the first FedExCup points leader." Woods will not have played on the PGA Tour for nearly four months when he returns at the Buick Invitational. His last tour event was the American Express Championship outside London, where he won by eight shots for his eighth victory of the year. Woods has said his winning streak only applies to PGA Tour events. He lost in the first round of the HSBC World Match Play Championship in England two weeks before the American Express, , and he was runner-up in 1 two Asian tournamentR in November. '-Mf.KV. :...:!.,.; He has never played more than 21 official PGA Tour events a year, and hit a career-low 15 this year, mainly because of his father's death. Woods has picked up more off-course interests in recent years, such as scuba diving, tennis and skiing, and he got married in 2004. In an interview last month, he said he wasn't sure how the FedExCup would affect his schedule, but indicated he might play seven of the last nine weeks, including the Presidents Cup. His decision not to play at MLB Zito enjoying move to Giants SAN FRANCISCO (AP) True to form, Barry Zito had a little fun when quizzed about how he might alter his style now that he has the richest contract for a pitcher in baseball history. "I'm just thinking of canning the curveball. Other than that, nothing major," Zito joked Friday, when his $126 million, seven-year contract with the San Francisco Giants became official. The former AL Cy Young Award winner passed his physical Friday, the last step in the process for the star left-hander to make the move across San Francisco Bay to the Giants. He is scheduled to be formally introduced at the team's waterfront ballpark Wednesday. He's keeping his nasty curveball, along with the No. 75 he's been wearing. "I'd say this is the most important signing we've had since we first signed Barry Bonds back in late 1992," owner Peter Magowan said Friday. "It means that much to the franchise and the future of the franchise. We don't make this kind of deal every year or every five years. It takes a very special player." A player the Giants are convinced will stay healthy he has never missed a start lead their young pitching staff and help turn around a team that has missed the playoffs the past three seasons. The Giants are serious about winning a World Series after falling six outs short of the title in 2002. :J W fit- 1 o urn mili'lrl !j;j;JurJsj :. 1 i nv) I VL jUvj t s r.m4 t tern-'- w axieirijoij (LJassriJgdf i-,'jjl Kapalua also is a blow to The Golf Channel, which will be televising the first two rounds of every PGA Tour event this season (except the majors), and will provide four-day coverage of the first three tournaments, starting with the Mercedes-Benz Championship. TV ratings typically double whenever Woods is in contention, but the cable outlet probably won't get another chance this season to televise Woods on the weekend. Most of its four-day coverage is for tournaments after the FedExCup ends. The Golf Channel, which only reaches about 90 million homes, ran a full-page ad Friday in USA Today with a photo of Woods rising tall over Appleby, the three-time defending champion at Kapalua, and Vijay Singh. "As we've said all along, it's going to take a good part of the year to see how the FedExCup and playing schedules relate to one another," Combs said. "That's a little bit of a work in progress. But the key point is this is a season-long emphasis on Competition. The tour is not one particular week, it's one year. Briefs Sam Chapman, former Philadelphia -Athletics outfielder, dies at 90 - KENTFTELD, Calif. (AP) Sam Chapman, the two-sport star who led the University of California to its last Rose Bowl victory in 1938 and went to play the outfield for the Philadelphia Athletics, has died. He was 90. Chapman, who had Alzheimer's, died Dec. 22 at an assisted-livirij facility in Kentfield, granddaughter Anna Chapman said. Born Samuel Blake Chapman, he earned the nickname "Tiburon " 1 Terror" playing high school football in Marin County. He worked as a welder on the nearly completed Golden Gate Bridge the summer before starting with the Bears his sophomore year. ; ' As a senior in 1937, Chapman was an All-America halfback and.. spearheaded Cal's march to a 9-0-1 regular-season record. The so-called "Thunder Team," under coach Stub Allison, capped off its season with a New Year's Day victory over Alabama, with Chapman churning up yards on both scoring drives in the 13-0 win. ' 1 The Washington Redskins drafted Chapman, but the versatile auV lete signed with the Athletics. Chapman played 1 1 seasons in the ; major leagues, including 10 for the As, batting .322 with 25 home' runs in 1941, his best year at the plate. u The next year, he joined the U.S. Navy and became a pilot, serv-' ing as a flight instructor during World War II. He then returned to T baseball, was elected an All-Star in 1946 and retired from the 0 majors with the Cleveland Indians in 1 95 1 . After baseball, Chapman worked as an inspector for the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Chapman is survived by a daughter, three sons, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The 2007 Saturn AURAXE SmartBuy example for qualified buyers . $259month for 38 months $11,327 39th month payment 5.25 APR $1,995 down payment' After all applicable offers. 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