U.S. national player Lassiter gets 30 days in jail for break-in


And the winner . . . Roy Lassiter, who keyed what may be the U.S. soccer team's greatest comeback, was sentenced yesterday in Raleigh, N.C., to 30 days in jail for breaking into a house while a college student.

Lassiter was sentenced to a 10-year suspended prison term. He must serve 30 days in jail over the next nine months and perform 200 hours of community service. He also must pay a $1,600 fine and $500 restitution.

"He is extremely remorseful," said attorney Spurgeon Fields. "It was just one of those things where he knew he had done wrong, but had changed his way of life and wanted to get this behind him."

Fields said Lassiter participated in the break-in with a group of friends after his parents divorced and he broke his ankle.

Lassiter, 26, graduated from North Carolina State in 1992 and spent most of the last three years playing for a first-division team in Costa Rica.

He scored the winning goal Sunday, helping the United States rally from a three-goal deficit to defeat Saudi Arabia 4-3 in an exhibition in Washington.

The only other time Lassiter scored for the United States -- in a 2-1 victory over Benfica of Portugal in the Parmalat Cup in August -- it caught the attention of a Raleigh police detective who remembered Lassiter was wanted on outstanding warrants. Lassiter was arrested and freed on $5,000 bond.


Russian Chorkina wins gold in uneven bars

Russia's Svetlana Chorkina won the gold medal on the uneven bars at the World Gymnastics Championships in Sabae, Japan.

Chorkina's medal was one of six golds handed out in specialty events. Five more specialty events will be decided today, the final day of the competition.


No arrest of Graf imminent, prosecutor says

Steffi Graf, who is under investigation for tax evasion, faces no immediate arrest, a prosecutor said in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ferreira advances: South Africa's Wayne Ferreira, seeded third, beat Czech wild card Otakar Jurecka, 6-1, 6-4, in the first round of the Czech Indoor men's tournament in Ostrava.

Hingis ousted: Martina Hingis, the 15-year-old from Switzerland, lost, 6-4, 6-4, to sixth-seeded Natasha Zvereva of Belarus in the Porsche Grand Prix tournament in Filderstadt, Germany.


Ozio leads Detroit Open; Wiseman slips to 23rd

Ozio leads Detroit: David Ozio won six of eight matches and went from fourth to the lead after four rounds of the Professional Bowlers Association Greater Detroit Open in Taylor, Mich. Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, the second-round leader dropped to 23rd. Tim Criss, of Bel Air, moved up to 16th.

Wagner surges: Lisa Wagner climbed from 22nd place after the first round of qualifying to take the lead after the second in the LPBT $75,000 Brunswick Three Rivers Open in Pittsburgh. Kathy Zielke, of Bel Air, is 20th.

Et cetera

Maryland-Clemson game starting earlier for TV

The time for the Maryland-Clemson game Oct. 21 at Byrd Stadium has been moved up to 12:09 p.m. so it can be televised on channels 13 and 7. Tickets for the game, which is Maryland's homecoming, are available by calling (800) 462-TERP.

King trial to start: After a lengthy jury-selection process during which the defendant signed autographs in the hallways, opening statements are likely today in New York at the mail fraud trial of boxing promoter Don King.

Yashin, NHL at odds: Ottawa center Alexei Yashin, who refuses to play for the Senators in a contract dispute, played a second straight game for Moscow's Red Army club Monday and the NHL wants it to be his last. The Canadian Press reported the league faxed a letter to the International Ice Hockey Federation, asking that it stop Yashin from playing for the Red Army.

Hill injured: Formula One driver Damon Hill has a suspected hairline fracture of the right leg but will compete in the final three Grand Prix races. Hill said he suffered the injury when he crashed during the European Grand Prix at Nurburgring, Germany, Oct. 1.

Week off for Stallions: The Stallions, who are off this weekend, play the B.C. Lions in their next game, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Memorial Stadium. Tickets are available by calling (410) 554-1040.

Spirit exhibition: The Baltimore Spirit will play an exhibition game against the Harrisburg Heat at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Du Burns Arena in Canton. There will be a $3 general admission charge. The two teams will meet again Friday in York, Pa.

Renegades win: Chris Drayton caught a 5-yard touchdown pass to lift the Baltimore Renegades (7-0) to a 18-12 victory over Richmond (3-4).

The quiz

Broom at the top

The Cincinnati Reds have a major-league-best four non-World Series postseason sweeps: 1970, 1975, 1976 and 1995. Who holds the American League record of three? (Answer, 7D)

Quiz answer

The Orioles: 1969, 1970 and 1971

Note: The answer to Sunday's question was inadvertently left out of most editions.

Question: The Mariners' Ken Griffey and Braves' Chipper Jones homered twice last week in their first postseason games. Only two other players have done it, one in 1959 for the White Sox and one in 1987 for the Twins.

G; Answer: Ted Kluszewski in 1959 and Gary Gaetti in 1987.

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