Thursday, October 9, 2003

UC's Hicks may be able to mediate assault case


Enquirer news services

University of Cincinnati basketball player Eric Hicks had his misdemeanor assault case referred to private complaint mediation Wednesday.

Hicks, a sophomore forward from Greensboro, N.C., was charged with assault following a May 17 incident in which he was accused of throwing a beer bottle that hit a woman in the forehead at the Vertigo night club near UC.

In the mediation session, representatives of Hicks and the woman, Alicia Simmons, will attempt to reach a civil agreement, according to Ted Froncek, Hicks' attorney.

Hicks' next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 19, at which time the charges could be dismissed if an agreement is reached.

UC opens its regular season Nov. 22 against Akron at Shoemaker Center.

XAVIER: Fox Sports Net Ohio will carry at least 16 Xavier men's basketball games this season, including five regional broadcasts through the Atlantic 10 Television Network, The Wooden Tradition game against Indiana and 10 games as a part of the exclusive Xavier package.

Other games on Fox Sports Net will include: at Mississippi State, Dec.13; at Dayton, Jan. 31; and home vs. St. Bonaventure Feb. 25.

MIAMI: Senior guard Juby Johnson has been named a preseason All-Mid-American Conference East Division for the second straight year. The MAC News Media Association made Johnson the only repeat selection.

• Senior forward Colleen Day made the women's preseason All-MAC East team for the third straight year.

UK MADNESS: Tickets for Kentucky's Midnight Madness basketball event will be available at 9 a.m. Saturday in person at UK's Memorial Coliseum and online at (follow the "tickets" link). Tickets, free in person, carry a $2 service fee per order on the Web site. There is a limit of two tickets per person for both in-person and Internet orders.

The Midnight Madness festivities are the night of Oct. 17 at Memorial Coliseum, with the team being introduced at 12:01 a.m.


LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL: Stuart Appleby birdied the last six holes for a 10-under 62 and a share of the lead with Northern Kentuckian Steve Flesch after the first round

Flesch, who like Appleby played the Southern Highlands course, birdied his first five holes. He finished with 11 birdies.


FLAMES: Jarome Iginla became the first black captain in NHL history Wednesday when the talented forward was tabbed to wear the "C" by the Calgary Flames.

"I have been very lucky to have played with many great captains that I have learned from over the course of my career," Iginla said in a statement.

CANUCKS: Vancouver signed 36-year-old forward Mike Keane on Wednesday to a one-year contract worth $500,000.


BASKETBALL: Lisa Leslie and Dawn Staley will team again for another shot at Olympic gold - maybe for the last time.

The two WNBA veterans were among the first seven players selected Wednesday for the U.S. women's national basketball team that's expected to compete at the Athens Games next year.

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NASCAR: Scott Wimmer will replace Ward Burton in the No. 22 Dodge later this month and keep the ride full time next season. Wimmer, who now drives for Bill Davis Racing in the NASCAR Busch series, will replace Burton starting Oct. 26 in Atlanta. Burton said in August that he and the car owner had agreed to explore other options.

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UC's Hicks may be able to mediate assault case