76ers' Barkley charged in Milwaukee
Philadelphia 76ers forward Charles Barkley was charged yesterday with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct for breaking the nose of a 25-year-old man who had questioned Barkley's toughness outside a downtown bar in Milwaukee on Dec. 22.
Michael Steinhafel, assistant district attorney, said he issued the charges because he couldn't resolve differences among the versions offered by witnesses, Barkley and James R. McCarthy, whom Barkley punched.
Trainer Angelo Dundee, Ken Norton and four international punchers are among 29 people who will be inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame this summer.
The other honorees from the modern-era were Alexis Arguello of Nicaragua, Nino Bevenuti of Italy, Max Schmeling of Germany, Eder Jofer of Brazil and Charley Burley and Billy Graham of the United States.
The agent for disgruntled St. Louis Blues center Adam Oates said his client would refuse to play after the All-Star game unless the team moved to break his contract stalemate.
Oates, a 100-point scorer the past two seasons, wants the Blues either to renegotiate his contract or trade him to another team.
His agent, Lou Oppenheim, said that it was his understanding that the Blues would trade Oates by the deadline because they had no interest in renegotiating Oates' four-year, $3 million contract.
Ohio State junior defensive end Alonzo Spellman said he would give up his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.
Spellman was an All-Big Ten selection and Ohio State's most valuable defensive player in 1991.
John Aalberg of Salt Lake City claimed his third straight title and Bill Koch skied back into contention for an Olympic team position at the U.S. Cross Country Championships.
Aalberg, 31 a native of Norway who hopes to receive his U.S. citizenship Jan. 23 to compete as an American in the Winter Olympics, completed the 10-kilometer classical style race in 30 minutes, 23.8 seconds at Giants Ridge recreation area.
For the first time in 10 years, the Phoenix Open golf tournament won't be televised, and tourism officials are bemoaning the loss.
Officials said networks won't broadcast the Jan. 23-26 PGA Tour event at Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale without a sponsor -- which the Phoenix Open doesn't have.
Financially troubled America West Airlines in September bowed out of the final year of a three-year sponsorship contract and it was too late to find another sponsor.