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March 24, 1995

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ A former Central Hockey League player, who was charged for his attack on security guards while trying to leave the penalty box last year, has sued the Tulsa Police Department and the district attorney.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court by former Oklahoma City Blazer Bruce Shoebottom, claims off-duty officer Ron Herwig overreacted by intervening in a game situation.

The lawsuit claims Shoebottom’s actions were ``at most a game penalty, not a crime.″

District Attorney David Moss said Thursday that Shoebottom’s lawsuit is without merit, and that the player’s attorney is trying to get leverage prior to Shoebottom’s trial in June.

Shoebottom, a Canadian citizen, was a key figure in a March 23, 1994, brawl during a playoff game between the Blazers and the Tulsa Oilers.

According to the misdemeanor charge, Shoebottom was in the penalty box for slashing when he tried to get on the ice to fight Mike MacWilliam. Shoebottom is charged with shoving the penalty-box attendant, head-butting Herwig and striking off-duty officer Chris Witt.

Authorities say Witt used a choke hold to restrain Shoebottom, which knocked the player unconscious. Shoebottom had to be hospitalized with a damaged larynx.

Shoebottom is seeking at least $50,000 in damages.


TIFFIN, Ohio (AP) _ A high school coach has been accused of stealing Michael Jordan basketball cards from a sports card shop.

Jerry Bauer, 34, pleaded innocent to a theft charge in Seneca County Common Pleas Court and was released without bail.

Bauer, a basketball coach at Old Fort, could receive a maximum sentence of 18 months in jail and a $2,500 fine if convicted.

According to the charge, Bauer stole the cards on Dec. 5 from Line Drive Sports Cards in Tiffin.

Bauer has been basketball coach and physical education instructor at the high school for seven years. He recently was named Midland Athletic League coach of the year.

Bauer’s team had a 19-4 record this year, finishing first in the league.


ATLANTA (AP) _ Jason Moore, who expects to play for the U.S. soccer team in the 1996 Olympics, has returned from the Pan American Games to play for his high school team _ and to try to be a normal 16-year-old.

Moore, a midfielder for Parkview High School in suburban Lilburn, was considered one of the most promising U.S. players in the Pan American Games. The team failed to win a medal.

``You don’t look out there and see him as a younger player,″ said U.S. Olympic coach Timo Liekoski.

``Jason’s probably the best American player I’ve ever seen at this age,″ said David Chadwick, who coached the Atlanta Chiefs in the now-defunct North American Soccer League. ``The boy is brilliant.″

U.S. soccer officials see the left-footed Moore as a starter by the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

Like many young athletes, Moore struggles to be a normal teen-ager.

``When I’m at home, I dream about being a normal kid,″ he said. ``I guess I feel like a businessman. I really don’t have a social life. I’m always saying, `I wish there were more hours in the day.′

``I wonder what it would be like not to always be in a rush.″


CINCINNATI (AP) _ Carl Pickens has Buddy Ryan and the Arizona Cardinals to thank for his new $11 million, 4-year contract that will keep him with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Ryan, the Cardinals general manager and coach, made the offer and then dared the Bengals to match it.

``Everyone says they’re going to match,″ Ryan had said. ``We’ll see. We’ll make them play their cards.″

After the Bengals did, on Thursday, general manager Mike Brown explained, ``Carl was possibly the best receiver in the NFL for the second half of last season, and we were prepared financially for the sort of bid the Cardinals made.

``It’s a pricey contract, but the good news is that we’ve got Carl for four more years.″

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