Saturday's sports digest

Saturday, February 2, 2002

Baseball

Center fielder Kenny Lofton, a six-time All-Star, agreed to a $1.25 million, one-year contract with the White Sox. Lofton, 34, spent most of his 11-year major league career in Cleveland.

The proposed sales of the Marlins and Expos were approved by baseball's ownership committee -- even through Jeffrey Loria had not yet signed his agreement to buy the Florida franchise from John Henry.

The committee convened during a telephone conference call. Major league owners are to consider the deals when they meet Feb. 11, 12 or 13 in the Chicago area.

Boxing

  • Mike Tyson has taken the first step in applying for a license in California, where he hopes to fight heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

    Rob Lynch, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, said a fax was received from attorneys for Tyson requesting consideration for a license.

    Also Friday, Las Vegas police recommended that Tyson be charged with sexual assault in two cases.

    Chief Deputy District Attorney Doug Herndon told The Associated Press that police are seeking arrest warrants from prosecutors for Tyson on multiple counts of sexual assault in each case.

    Football

  • Raiders defensive tackle Darrell Russell was arrested on suspicion of drugging and sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1997 NFL draft.

    Miscellaneous

  • Air Jordan, the most successful brand of Nike basketball shoes, is taking a vertical leap with a price of $200 a pair.

    Packed in a metallic briefcase, the Air Jordan XVII arrives in stores next weekend, accompanied by a $10 million advertising campaign.

    -- From wire reports

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