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December 30, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ Police said in court documents that heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s former trainer fought with them and appeared to be drunk when he was arrested after a car accident.

Police Officer Bruce Foley said in a complaint that Kevin Rooney ″fought with police, moved his arms away from police and refused to be handcuffed, and made threats when police attempted to arrest him.″

Kevin Rooney, 32, pleaded innocent Thursday to drunken driving, resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Harold Deeler released Rooney on his own recognizance and ordered him back in court Feb. 3 for further proceedings stemming from the accident on a Manhattan street Wednesday night.

Rooney’s car allegedly hit a 1987 Oldsmobile driven by Andrew Rosenweig of Nyack, police said. No one was injured in the accident.

Rooney allegedly kept going, but Rosenweig pointed out Rooney’s car, which was stopped in traffic, to officers who happened to pass by, said police spokesman Sgt. Peter Sweeney. Rooney then allegedly scuffled with the officers when they went to arrest him, Sweeney said.


CINCINNATI (AP) - Swedes Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg were among the first 25 players named to compete in the 64-man ATP Championship. The tournament will take place from Aug. 12 to 20, 1989, at the the Jack Nicklaus Sports Center.

The top-ranked Wilander is defending tournament champion and also won the event in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

Edberg, the regining Wimbledon champion, was the 1987 ATP winner, but lost last year to Wilander in the tournament finals. The two also teamed up to win the tournament’s doubles crown.

Paul Flory, tournament director, presented $160,000 from the 1988 tournament to the Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Thursday. That brings to $1.48 million the total the ATP has given the hospital since 1974.

Other players named for next year’s event were Andrei Chesnokov, Aaron Krickstein, Emilio Sanchez, Mikael Pernfors, Pat Cash, Brad Gilbert, Amos Mansdorf, Darren Cahill, Michael Chang, Andres Jarryd, Robert Seguso, Johan Kriek, Wally Masur, Jim Courier, Michael Schapers, Jaime Yzaga, Peter Lundgren, Jason Stoltenberg, Yahiya Doumbia, Javier Frana, Andrei Olhovskiy, Jim Grabb and Tim Wilkison.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - When Mike Schmidt jumped into Tug McGraw’s arms after the final out of the 1980 World Series, it may have seemed like a spontaneous celebration of the Philadelphia Phillies’ victory. It wasn’t.

It was a calculated move designed to make the cover of ″Sports Illustrated,″ Schmidt says.

During a ″Greatest Sports Legends″ show taped for broadcast in February, the third baseman tells host Reggie Jackson that he and McGraw rode together to Veterans Stadium for the final game against the Kansas City Royals.

Schmidt says he remembered the cover of ″Sports Illustrated″ when the Pittsburgh Pirates won the 1979 Series.

Schmidt said he wanted to be on the cover, so he urged McGraw to ″wait on me″ after completing the final strikeout.

After McGraw struck out Willie Wilson to clinch the championship, McGraw raised his arms, walked toward home plate, then turned toward third base and greeted a leaping Schmidt.

The plan worked.


FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Local authorities expect prosecutors will agree to reduce assault charges against Florida State All-American cornerback Deion Sanders following a Christmas Eve shopping mall scuffle.

″The situation didn’t warrant a felony charge,″ Mayor Wilbur Smith said. ″The police department did not feel and I did not feel there was maliciousness on Mr. Sanders’ part.″

Sanders, 21, was arrested Christmas Eve and charged with battery on a police officer and disorderly conduct after he allegedly argued with a clerk over the price of earrings and struck an auxiliary police officer called in to quell the fray.

The felony charge of battery against a police officer will be reduced to the less serious misdemeanor charge of simple battery in the police report to be sent to the state attorney’s office early today, Smith said.

Another misdemeanor battery charge also will be added because of the confrontation between Sanders and a store clerk, he said.

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