Philadelphia 76ers forward Charles Barkley was arrested at his Milwaukee hotel room yesterday morning after allegedly breaking a man's nose during a fight after a game with the Milwaukee Bucks, police said. Barkley was released from Milwaukee County jail shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday on a $500 bond.
Barkley, who was arrested for battery, is scheduled to appear tomorrow morning before the district attorney, at which time the charge will be reviewed, Capt. Joseph Purpero said. Barkley allegedly broke the nose of a 25-year-old Milwaukee man during a fight in a downtown parking lot at about 2:30 a.m., police said. The man also sustained lacerations to his forehead, and was treated and released at a Milwaukee hospital.
The maximum penalty for battery is nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine, Purpero said. Barkley returned to his home in suburban Philadelphia yesterday afternoon. Barkley was fined $109 by Milwaukee police in April on a charge of disorderly conduct after he threw cups of Gatorade on Bucks fans at the Bradley Center during a first-round NBA playoff game.
* The 76ers will sign Jeff Ruland, perhaps as soon as this week, according to sources close to the team. Ruland, who played five games for the Sixers in the 1986-87 season before succumbing to a ravaged left knee, is near the end of rehabilitation from surgery aimed at putting him back on the court.
* San Antonio Spurs guard Rod Strickland's 80-day holdout apparently ended yesterday, when he reportedly agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.3 million. Strickland, 25, and team officials were completing the details of the contract.
Six weeks before the start of the Winter Olympics in the French Alps, a heavy snowfall and torrential rains isolated the sites of several events and caused an avalanche on the new Olympic downhill skiing course in Albertville. The weather caused the death of three people, injured three others and stranded thousands of people hoping to spend Christmas skiing near the sites of the Games, which begin Feb. 8.
Jean-Robert Lopez, spokesman for the Savoie region, said that avalanche fences installed on the slopes where Olympic events will take place cannot provide complete protection. Val D'Isere, site of four of the five Olympic men's skiing events, was cut off by the heavy snow.
Mats Wilander, once the No. 1 player in the world, will not play in the Australian Open next month and might retire from tennis. "I haven't trained in the last couple of weeks," Wilander said in a Swedish radio interview. "I don't think I'll play again until the European clay-court season starts in the spring. But I haven't made a final decision. If I play again in the spring, I'll enter a small tournament."
The 28-year-old Swede was injured at the Queen's Club tournament before Wimbledon and underwent knee surgery in July.
* Goran Prpic defeated Richard Fromberg, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, for the title in the Colonial Mutual Classic in Melbourne, Australia. Prpic, who designated himself as representing the breakaway Yugoslav republic of Croatia, took 2 hours, 4 minutes to beat Fromberg in the struggle between two baseliners.
Team Verich shot 56 percent from the field and had six players score in double figures, as it defeated Navy, 111-100, in an exhibition game at Navy. The Mids were led by Chuck Robinson, who had a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds. John Haase added 18 points and nine rebounds.
Bonnie Blair will be leading the U.S. women's speed skating team in three events for the Winter Olympics after winning the 1,000-meter event in the Olympic time trials in Milwaukee. Blair won the event in 1 minute, 23.82 seconds after winning the previous two 1,000-meter time trials last weekend. Her three victories gave her 84.410 points overall for the top spot on the 1,000-meter team. Blair also will be skating the 500 and 1,500 meters at Albertville, France. Moira D'Andrea, Michelle Kline and Peggy Clasen also made the Olympic team.
Nick Thometz, second in yesterday's 1,000-meter race in 1:16.72, finished first overall with 77.110 points. Thometz will be joined on the team by Eric Flaim and Dan Jansen.
* Cathy Turner and Amy Peterson earned spots on the U.S. Olympic Team with a 1-2 finish at the Short Track Speedskating Trials in Lake Placid, N.Y. Turner of Hilton, N.Y., was the overall winner in the women's division, finishing with 303 points. Peterson of Maplewood, Minn., finished second with 238 points. Both will skate in the 500-meter event in the Winter Olympics.
Also named to the U.S. team for the four-skater relay event are Nikki Ziegelmeyer of Imperial, Mo., Darcie Dohnal of Wauwatosa, Wis., Tricia Stennes of Arden Hills, Minn., and Carrie Johnson of Roseville, Minn.
Khaosai Galaxy of Thailand successfully defended his World Boxing Association junior bantamweight title by winning a unanimous decision over Armando Castro of Mexico in Bangkok, Thailand. Khaosai, who held the title for seven years, announced his retirement after the fight, which was his 19th title defense.