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July 17, 2002 at 12:34 AM
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Iverson released on bond

PHILADELPHIA, July 17 (UPI) -- Allen Iverson, wearing a t-shirt and appearing haggard, was arraigned Tuesday on charges stemming from a July 3 incident in which he allegedly burst into his cousin's apartment with a handgun and threatened two men.

Iverson was released on $10,000 bond and his attorney said the superstar guard of the Philadelphia 76ers would plead not guilty at a hearing which is expected to take place next Monday.

An almost carnival-like atmosphere developed outside police headquarters during the close to 12 hours that Iverson was in custody. Iverson and his uncle had been charged last Thursday on 14 counts that alleged criminal trespassing, simple assault and making terroristic threats.

The charges carry a maximum combined punishment of 70 years in prison, but most legal observers have said Iverson will probably not serve any jail time.

Iverson allegedly threw his wife, Tawanna, out of the mansion during a fight earlier this month, then stormed into the cousin's Philadelphia apartment with a gun while searching for her.

Iverson and his uncle, Gregory Iverson, are accused of threatening two people inside the apartment -- 21-year-old Charles Jones and 17-year-old Hakim Carey.

Iverson rode in a caravan of vehicles to the police station at dawn Tuesday and then waited behind bars to be photographed, fingerprinted and to take part in a brief hearing. He did not even appear in court, instead speaking via a television hookup.

In addition to crowd of media members outside police headquarters Tuesday, a number of fans showed up to give their support for a player who has led the NBA in scoring and been named the league's MVP.

A group of children briefly set up a lemonade stand.

Indians suffer emotional loss

CLEVELAND, July 17 (UPI) -- Magglio Ordonez's second homer of the game, a solo shot in the top of the ninth inning, snapped a tie Tuesday night as the Chicago White Sox downed the emotionally drained Cleveland Indians, 5-4.

The Indians played the game a few hours after learning of the death of long-time trainer Jim Warfield.

Warfield, 60, collapsed Monday at Jacobs Field and was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. He underwent surgery Monday night and died Tuesday. He had been associated with the Indians for more than 30 years.

Cleveland starter C.C Sabathia allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Ellis Burks drove in all four runs for the Indians with a two-run double in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth. The four RBI matched a season high for Burks.

But Sabathia could not hold a 4-2 lead, yielding a two-run single to Royce Clayton in the sixth.

Ordonez, who belted a two-run homer in the first, gave the White Sox a 5-4 lead by drilling a 1-1 offering from Bob Wickman (0-3) over the right field fence.

Other American League results: Baltimore 6, Seattle 1; Anaheim 4, Minnesota 2; Boston 9, Detroit 4; New York 7, Toronto 6; Oakland 2, Tampa Bay 1; Kansas City 6, Texas 5 in 11 innings.

Millwood helps blank Cubs

CHICAGO, July 17 (UPI) -- Kevin Millwood allowed two hits in seven innings Tuesday to help the Atlanta Braves snap a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Millwood, who has appeared in relief this year, allowed just a pair of singles and struck out a season-high 11, giving him 29 over his last three starts.

More importantly, he ended what had been one of the few losing streaks of the year for the Braves, who improved baseball's best record to 59-35.

The Braves, who struck out 16 Cubs overall, have just one four-game losing streak this season -- from April 13-16.

Millwood (8-5) retired 11 straight batters between a leadoff single by Fred McGriff in the second inning and a bloop single to right by Bill Mueller in the fifth.

Mike Remlinger pitched the eighth and John Smoltz retired all three batters he faced in the ninth to earn his 33rd save and tie Eric Gagne of Los Angeles for the National League lead.

Sammy Sosa struck out three times and was fanned by Smoltz to end the game.

Other National League results: New York 10, Florida 5; Arizona 5, San Francisco 3; St. Louis 9, Los Angeles 2; Pittsburgh 7, Houston 3; Philadelphia 6, Montreal 3; Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 1; San Diego 5, Colorado 1.

Former Expos partners sue Selig

MIAMI, July 17 (UPI) -- In a case challenging any attempt to eliminate major league baseball in Montreal, 14 former owners of the Expos filed suit Tuesday against Commissioner Bud Selig and the team's former general managing partner, accusing them of fraud and racketeering.

The suit alleges Selig and Jeffrey Loria, now the owner of the Florida Marlins, conspired to eliminate the Expos franchise, hid their true intentions to eliminate the team from Montreal and intentionally undermined the viability of the team over the past two years.

"We're not going to stand by idly as the people of Montreal are deprived of their team," said Sam Minzberg, Canadian counsel and representative of the plaintiffs, a group that includes some of Canada's leading businessmen. "Selig's and Loria's actions represent the arrogance and disloyalty that have alienated so many of the game's fans."

The suit alleges violations of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and state laws against fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligent misrepresentation.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages (which are tripled under RICO), punitive damages of at least $100 million, a constructive trust over the Expos franchise, and injunctive relief barring any contraction, sale or transfer of the Expos franchise.

Red Wings to hire Lewis

DETROIT, July 17 (UPI) -- The Detroit Red Wings said Tuesday they would hold a Wednesday news conference amid reports they will announce the hiring of assistant Dave Lewis as the new head coach of the team.

The 49-year-old Lewis would have the difficult task of following Scotty Bowman, the greatest coach in hockey history who announced his retirement last month after guiding the Red Wings to their third Stanley Cup in six years and the record ninth of his career.

Lewis played 14 seasons in the NHL before joining the Red Wings as an assistant in 1987. He has no previous experience as a head coach, excluding a five-game stint at the start of the 1998 season that he co-coached with Barry Smith while Bowman recovered from surgery.

Lewis, who also worked under coaches Jacques Demers and Bryan Murray in Detroit, would likely have no honeymoon period in Detroit. With most of the key players back from last season, the Red Wings are expected to contend for another Stanley Cup title. The one major change will be in goal, where free agent Curtis Joseph replaces the retired Dominik Hasek.

Lynx changes coaches

MINNEAPOLIS, July 17 (UPI) -- Brian Agler, the only coach the Minnesota Lynx have ever had, stepped down Tuesday and was replaced by assistant Heidi VanDerveer.

Agler will remain in his role as general manager. Kelly Kramer will continue in her role as an assistant to VanDerveer, who takes over a team mired in a five-game losing streak.

Agler was 48-67 with the Lynx. He was hired by the WNBA expansion franchise in November 1998 after leading the Columbus Quest of the now-defunct American Basketball League to consecutive championships.

The Lynx have never made the postseason and will have a tough time breaking through this year. Despite the presence of 2001 WNBA scoring champion Katie Smith, they are 6-13 and in seventh place in the eight-team Western Conference, 4 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot.

Tour de France enjoys off day

BORDEAUX, France, July 17 (UPI) -- Riders in the Tour de France enjoyed one of their two off days Tuesday, although they had to travel 310 miles to Bordeaux in advance of the next phase of the competition.

The tour's 10th stage will be held Wednesday when the 182 riders remaining take part in a 91-mile trip from Bazas to Pau. That will be followed by the first mountain stage of this year's tour, during which three-time defending champion Lance Armstrong hopes to make up his current deficit.

Armstrong has climbed up to second in the overall standings, 26 seconds behind Igor Gonzalez Galdeano of Spain.

Armstrong gained eight seconds on Galdeano in Monday's time trial and if it had not been for a freak accident on Saturday, Armstrong would be wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey. Armstrong got tangled up with a teammate near the end of that stage and lost 27 seconds.

With seven mountain stages over the next two weeks, Armstrong appears primed for his fourth Tour De France triumph. In each of his three previous victories, Armstrong has used the first mountain stage to separate himself from the pack.

CART cancels Germany 500

INDIANAPOLIS, July 17 (UPI) -- In another blow to CART, officials at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany informed the struggling circuit Tuesday that the German 500 on Sept. 21 has been canceled due to lack of funds.

CART and German organizers agreed to a co-promotional, joint venture agreement earlier this year and made efforts to ensure the race would take place. But organizers were forced to cancel after filing for insolvency earlier this month.

"Germany is an important market and we are disappointed the race will not be held, but the only proposed solution was basically for us to write a large check on top of the financial commitment we had already made," said CART president and CEO Christopher R. Pook. "We will shift our European focus to other markets."

The German 500 was to have been the second of two CART races in Europe on consecutive weekends. The Rockingham 500 in England is scheduled for Sept. 14. Track officials at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire announced ticket sales are progressing positively.

CART may try to explore other opportunities in Europe to host an event on short notice. But it is possible that the season's 20-race schedule simply will be reduced by one.

The prominent auto racing circuit in the United States as little as 15 years ago, CART has been overwhelmed by the growing popularity of NASCAR and its continuing battle with the IRL, which was formed in 1995 and has control of the Indianapolis 500, the jewel of open-wheel racing.

Packers sign Darrien Gordon

GREEN BAY, Wis., July 17 (UPI) -- The Green Bay Packers addressed a need Tuesday when they signed free agent defensive back and punt returner Darrien Gordon, a veteran of three Super Bowls.

Terms were not disclosed. To make room for Gordon, linebacker Cornell Menafee was waived.

Gordon, 31, will be used primarily as a punt returner. He will fill the void created by Allen Rossum, who signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent. Gordon played for Atlanta last season and led the NFC with 14.1 yards per punt return.

The 5-11, 190-pound Gordon joins his fifth team. He was a 1993 first-round pick of San Diego and played for the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII. He had two interceptions in Denver's 34-19 win over Atlanta in Super Bowl XXXIII.

Gordon also led the AFC in punt returns in 1994 and 1996. He tied an NFL record when he returned two for touchdowns with Denver against Carolina on Nov. 9, 1997.

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