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November 16, 1995

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ What a catch!

The Philadelphia Phillies have confirmed that all-star catcher Darren Daulton is getting married again. Daulton, 33, will wed Nicole Garcia, 24, in his hometown of Arkansas City, Kan., on Nov. 25.

Daulton officially introduced Garcia, a Florida native, to the public at a benefit dinner Monday. Garcia had accompanied on road trips and attended almost every home game, but little is known about her.

``Nicole has a full-time job,″ Daulton told Philadelphia magazine, ``taking care of me.″

Daulton recently wrapped up year-long divorce proceedings with his ex-wife Lynne Austin. Austin, a Hooters spokesperson and Playboy centerfold, and Daulton share custody of son Zachary, 5.


SAN DIEGO (AP) _ A former college linebacker who bit off a chunk of another man’s ear in a barroom scuffle has pleaded guilty to felony battery charges in exchange for a lesser sentence.

Carl Anthony Ditmars, 30, whom witnesses described as an ``obnoxious Raiders fan,″ faces no more than six months in jail.

Meanwhile, Michael Burrows, 46, who lost a piece of his ear during the Sept. 17 fight, said two unsuccessful operations to reattach the flesh have left him with medical bills of $10,000.

Witnesses at Fat Freddie’s bar said Ditmars snapped when some other customers began teasing him about the Oakland Raiders’ loss to Kansas City.

``The only thing I said to him was, `Hey, wait until we play you here in November,′ and then he came at me,″ Burrows said.

Ditmars’ lawyer, Donald McInnis, said his client is being typecast because of the violent and crazed reputation of Raiders fans. He says Ditmars, who played at New Mexico State, acted in self-defense.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ The Buffalo Sabres honored their fabled French Connection line before Wednesday night’s game against Dallas.

The line, which featured Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Rick Martin, played together with the Sabres from 1972 to 1979. The three French Canadians teamed up to give the Sabres 738 goals and 1,681 points over seven seasons.

``I was very lucky to be here for those years,″ Perreault said. ``I was lucky to be between those two guys.″

The Sabres retired Robert’s No. 14 and Martin’s No. 7 during the ceremony. Perreault’s No. 11 was retired in 1990.


WASHINGTON (AP) _ David C. Price of the Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas was honored Wednesday as the PGA of America’s Golf Professional of the Year.

Joining Price as 1995 award winners were Teacher of the Year Jack Lumpkin of Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga.; Horton Smith Trophy winner Ken Morton Sr. of Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento, Calif.; Junior Golf Leader Award winner Wayne Warms of Due Process Stable Golf Club in Colts Neck, N.J.; and Bill Strausbaugh Club Relations Award winner Ed Ibarguen of Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C.

The awards were announced during the PGA’s 79th annual meeting.

Price, 46, has been a PGA member since 1975 and has been at Bent Tree for 11 years. He served on the PGA Rules Committee since 1987 and was the 42nd member of the PGA to receive the Golf Professional of the Year Award.


MONTREAL (AP) _ On Grey Cup day, they’ll be watching football on the big screen at Champs downtown sports bar _ NFL football.

``The NFL is king here,″ said bar co-owner Chris Vlasic. ``Since we lost the Als, no-one cares about the CFL. We put the Grey Cup on a small TV. We get maybe a dozen guys in for it.″

The Alouettes folded in 1987 from lack of fan support and took most local interest in Canadian football with them.

Sunday’s Grey Cup game bedtwen Calgary and Baltimore is to be carried nationally by CBC in English. The French telecast was dumped off to Quebec’s cable all-sports channel, RDS.

``Ratings for the CFL are good, but not as high as we would like,″ said Jean Savard, programming director at RDS, who declined to give ratings statistics. ``It has a lot to do with not having a local team.″

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