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Tyson freed of punitive damages in fondling case

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson won a unanimous decision Thursday when a jury decided he didn't have to pay punitive damages for fondling a woman in a Manhattan disco in December 1988. The jury of five women and one man deliberated less than an hour after hearing that Tyson's net worth was $15-million and listening to testimony from another woman who claimed the boxer had reached under her dress the same night. A day earlier, jurors had found Tyson guilty of battery and ordered him to pay Sandra Miller $100 in compensatory damages for grabbing her breasts and buttocks. Miller's lawyers had sought $1-million in compensatory damages and $2.5-million in punitive damages. Tyson denied the incidents ever happened.U.S. loses to Europe 8-4 in

Four Tours golf tourney

A double bogey on the par-3 18th hole did in Mark Calcavecchia, a bad back stopped Wayne Levi, and their PGA Tour team was beaten by its European counterpart 8-4 Thursday in the first round of the Four Tours World Championship of Golf at Inagi, Japan. Ronan Rafferty birdied four of the first five holes against Calcavecchia en route to a 71-73 victory. Levi played just nine holes against Mark James before dropping out. Europe picked up its other points when David Feherty beat Payne Stewart 71-72 and Ian Woosnam defeated Tim Simpson 68-71. U.S. winners were Fred Couples, 65-69 over Nick Faldo, and Jodie Mudd, 69-70 over Bernhard Langer. Australia-New Zealand tied Japan 6-6. The United States meets Japan today. The top two teams play for the title Sunday. Blaine McCallister shot a 66 Thursday for a one-shot lead over Calvin Peete and David Edwards after the first round of the 34th Mexican Open golf tournament, being played for the first time since 1984.

Baseball free-agency signings reach a record 93

Seattle outfielder Ken Griffey Sr., outfielder Brian Downing and pitcher Greg Minton of California, and San Francisco catcher Terry Kennedy filed for free-agency Thursday, raising the total to a record 93. Outfielder Rick Leach, suspended in August for 60 days following a positive drug test, chose not to file and agreed to re-sign with San Francisco for $375,000. Phil Niekro, a bullpen coach with the Atlanta Braves last season, Thursday was named manager of their top farm club, Richmond of the International League. He replaces Jim Beauchamp, who will join the Atlanta coaching staff.

UT wins Sunshine soccer title, berth in national meet

The University of Tampa men's soccer team Thursday clinched the Sunshine State Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II tournament with a 2-0 victory over Saint Leo. Senior midfielder John Worchester scored both goals for the Spartans, 6-0 in the SSC and 13-2-1 overall.

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The Women's Professional Rodeo Association is sponsoring a state championship event this weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Action begins at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $8 at the gate. The trial of University of South Florida basketball star Marvin Taylor, scheduled for Thursday, was postponed to Dec. 3 because his attorney, Frank Winkles, is involved in a federal trial. Taylor is charged with shoving and kicking a female USF student a year ago. Jacksonville center Steve Gilbert has been suspended indefinitely for missing classes, Coach Rich Haddad said. Joan Benoit Samuelson, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist and American record-holder in the women's marathon, has withdrawn from Sunday's New York City Marathon because of lingering back and leg injuries. The University of Florida men's golf team is 10th in the Golf World poll of Division I coaches. Robert Lawrence of Austin, Texas, remained the leader after three rounds Thursday in the Professional Bowlers Association Chevy Truck Classic at Rochester, N.Y.

_ Compiled by Gary Hickok.

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