Friday, October 3, 2003

Bryant's accuser not forced to testify


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EAGLE, Colo. - In a setback for Kobe Bryant, the judge in the rape case Thursday refused to force the basketball star's accuser to testify at a preliminary hearing and said the proceedings will probably be kept open to the public.

The decision to keep the hearing open could prompt Bryant's defense team to waive the Oct. 9 proceeding and head straight to trial.

Either way, Bryant still must appear next week for a bail hearing, Judge Frederick Gannett said.

The judge also turned down defense requests to see the woman's medical records. She was treated earlier this year at a hospital after police at the University of Northern Colorado, where she was a freshman, determined she was "a danger to herself."

The defense request suggested that Bryant's attorneys wanted to raise questions about the woman's mental stability.

Basketball

KENTUCKY: Defending Southeastern Conference champion Kentucky opens practice for the 2003-04 men's basketball season Friday, Oct. 17, as part of the 22nd annual Big Blue Madness festivities. The Memorial Coliseum doors open at 10:30 p.m. The event will be carried live throughout the state on UKTV.

Big Blue Madness tickets will be available Oct. 11, at 9 a.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket office. Tickets also will be available via the Internet at that same time. Internet tickets come with a $2 service fee per order. There is a limit of two tickets per person.

The Wildcats' Blue/White Scrimmage is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at Memorial Coliseum. Tickets ($5) are on sale at the Memorial Coliseum ticket office or at www.UKathletics.com.

NBA: Cleveland signed free agent forward Jelani McCoy Thursday. The 6-foot-10 center has played with Seattle, the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto in his five-year NBA career.

Golf

AMEX CHAMPIONSHIP: Sergio Garcia's 5-under 65 was one of only 12 scores under par and gave him a one-stroke lead over Rocco Mediate and Tim Herron in the American Express Championship on the Crabapple course at Capital City Club.

Defending champion Tiger Woods made two long birdie putts and five good par saves and was another stroke back at 67.

SOUTHERN FARM BUREAU CLASSIC: Hidemichi Tanaka shares the lead with Carlos Franco at 6-under 66.

LPGA: Sophie Gustafson shot a 6-under 66 and held a one-stroke lead over three golfers after the first round of the Longs Drugs Challenge.

Karrie Webb, Michelle Ellis and Grace Park were tied for second at 67.

Boxing

ARUM: Promoter Bob Arum won't have to answer for allegations of impropriety he made following Oscar De La Hoya's controversial loss to Shane Mosley.

The Nevada Athletic Commission had asked Arum to attend an Oct. 15 meeting to explain his allegations, but excused him after Arum apologized and said he was speaking in the heat of the moment.

Hockey

CYCLONES: Cincinnati acquired center Jeremy Bachusz Thursday. Bachusz spent five years at Lake Superior State University, where he scored 32 goals, had 45 assists and 77 career points.

He played in seven games for the ECHL's Arkansas Riverblades last year.

DUCKS: Cincinnati Mighty Ducks defensemen Chris Armstrong, Mike Mottau and Todd Reirden and forwards Casey Hankinson and Nick Smith have been made available for today's NHL waiver draft.




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