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January 2, 1996

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ An assault charge against Kansas City Chief cornerback Dale Carter was dismissed Tuesday at the request of the victim.

In a letter to city prosecutor Roger Potter, the victim’s attorney, Bryan E. Round, said his client had not asked for charges to be filed and did not want to prosecute Carter.

``She didn’t want to pursue charges in the first place,″ Round said.

Carter was arrested on a municipal assault warrant Sunday night during a traffic stop. He posted bail and was released.

The warrant came from an Oct. 7, 1995, incident at a Kansas City hotel. A woman told police she and a male friend were in a hotel room about 3 a.m. when Carter and two other people arrived. She told police when she asked Carter and his friends to leave, Carter threw a pizza at her and shoved her.

Carter’s attorney, Kevin E.J. Regan, did not return telephone calls from The Associated Press for comment.

Police took the woman’s complaint and filed the warrant. Police Capt. Vince McInerney said such warrants are entered into computer records but that officers do not search for subjects if the offense is minor.

Carter was stopped by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper Sunday. The officer was going to warn Carter about speeding and a computer background check revealed the warrant. Carter was not cited for speeding.

Carter was convicted earlier in 1995 of assaulting a man in another Kansas City hotel in 1994. He was given a 180-day suspended sentence and placed on two years of probation.

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Broken Bone Hampers Ferreira

PERTH, Australia (AP) _ Wayne Ferreira, ninth-ranked in the world, is hampered by a broken bone in his right hand as he prepares for the Australian Open championship

The South African said Tuesday at the Hopman Cup teams event that he has fractured a bone in his right hand, near the knuckle.

He showed reporters the swelling, but did not say how or where he sustained the injury.

Ferrira said the injury was not painful enough for him to consider skipping the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 15.

``It’s not bad enough to take time off,″ he said. ``If I do take time off it will need for to six weeks for the bone to straighten.″

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U.S. Lugers Return for Resumption of Season

WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) _ The United States luge team returned to Germany for Thursday’s Invitational Race of Champions after three days of training at Lake Placid, N.Y.

Only the doubles team of Chris Thorpe of Marquette, Mich., and Gordy Sheer of Croton, N.Y., were invited to the event which is limited to medalists from the 1995 World Championships. Thorpe and Sheer finished second at the World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway.

The highlight of the second half of the season will be the World Championships February 2-4 in Altenberg, Germany.

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