TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The judge in the trial of Dave Stewart and Todd Stottlemyre called in substitutes for his courtroom staff Tuesday after a court reporter had the Toronto pitchers sign a baseball and baseball cards.
″The impartiality of this court may have been compromised yesterday and based on the information I received I have replaced all court personnel,″ Circuit Judge Diana M. Allen said Tuesday.
The autographs were signed Monday in the courtroom before proceedings began for the Blue Jays pitchers, charged in a fight with police outside a bar last winter.
Stottlemyre, 29, and Stewart, 37, are charged with striking Tampa police officers and resisting arrest in a scuffle outside a nightclub during a birthday celebration for Stewart Feb. 20.
Police said the players had been drinking, were belligerent and even gashed an officer’s face. ---
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Doctors have amputated the lower portion of defensive end Jamie McPherson’s right leg due to complications from a knee injury in Southern Mississippi’s game last month against Samford.
McPherson, a fifth-senior from Grand Saline, Texas, underwent surgery Monday and was reported in stable condition Tuesday in the intensive care unit of Methodist Hospital.
″He had numerous surgeries Thursday through Saturday,″ coach Jeff Bauer said. ″He has had some clotting problems. They have done everything they possibly could do to help save his leg. It was to the point where they had to make a decision and go do that.″
McPherson hyperextended his knee and severed a large artery when teammate Tim Bell’s shoulder hit his leg as the two attempted a tackle. ---
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - When a 23-year-old student punched an opponent during a Lycoming College intramural flag football game last month, he was penalized - by police.
Ly Chau, a senior from Harrisburg, was ordered Monday by District Justice Allen P. Page III to stand trial for simple assault. A charge of aggravated assault was dismissed and Chau remained free on $5,000 bail.
Matthew Keisling, 20, a junior from Clarks Summit, required surgery to repair his jaw, broken in three places Oct. 26.
According to testimony at Chau’s preliminary hearing, Keisling illegally blocked Chau during play and a penalty flag was thrown. The two got into a shoving match and Chau allegedly threw a punch.
Neither student has been reprimanded by the university.
″It’s our preliminary view that this was an isolated situation, but it is still under investigation,″ said Molly Costello, Lycoming’s director of public relations. ---
ATLANTA (AP) - Free agent guard-forward Tom Hovasse, a rookie from Penn State, was placed on waivers Tuesday by the Atlanta Hawks.
Hovasse, who played in Japan for five years after leaving Penn State in 1989, was cut to get the Hawks’ roster down to 12 players.
Atlanta was one player over the limit after acquiring guard Steve Smith and forward Grant Long from Miami in a trade Monday for forward Kevin Willis.
Hovasse did not play in a regular-season game for the Hawks. He averaged 7.8 points in five preseason contests. ---
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Hollywood Park begins its 34-day fall meeting Wednesday with a field of six 2-year-old fillies contesting the $50,000-added Jim Hill Stakes.
Favored One, to be ridden by Gary Stevens, is assigned high weight of 121 pounds for the one-mile race on the turf. Favored One finished second to highly regarded Cat’s Cradle in her last outing.
Others entered are Royal Vale, to be ridden by Alex Solis with an impost of 117 pounds; Artica, Fernando Valenzuela, 115; Wilga, Corey Nakatani, 115; Regal Ruthie, Kent Desormeaux, 113, and Angelwithapproval, Chris Antley, 113.
The feature is named for the local CBS television sportscaster. ---
NEW YORK (AP) - Sports Illustrated continues its 40th anniversary celebration with ″40 Pictures to Remember″ in its Nov. 14 edition, which hits the newsstands Wednesday.
The feature includes the work of some of the world’s most renowned photographers, including SI photographer Neil Leifer’s picture of Muhammas Ali standing over a fallen Sonny Liston at the end of their controversial 1965 bout in Lewiston, Maine.