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Canseco arrested after he rams estranged wife's car

Jose Canseco's rocky marriage went public _ again _ Thursday when the Oakland Athletics outfielder was arrested after police said he chased his estranged wife's car, rammed it twice and spat on her window.

Canseco, 27, was booked in the Dade County Jail and released 15 minutes later on $5,000 cash bond. He was charged with aggravated battery, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The confrontation began at approximately 4:30 a.m. when Canseco and his wife, Esther, started arguing at a 24-hour gas station, Metro-Dade police spokesman Ralph Fernandez said. Canseco took his wife's purse and pager, a police report said. He eventually gave back the purse but refused to return the pager.

Esther Canseco took the purse and sped off in her BMW. Canseco followed in his Porsche and in one block rammed the left front panel and the right rear panel of her car, causing what police said was about $10,000 in damage.

When Esther Canseco, 25, pulled to the side of the road, Canseco walked up to her driver's side window, the report said. Fernandez said an officer arrived in time to see Canseco spit on her driver's side window.

Report: Ford, Tigers talk sale

DETROIT _ Detroit Tigers owner Thomas Monaghan is discussing a possible sale to Edsel Ford II, Detroit-area TV stations reported. The reports did not say how far talks had progressed.

Ford is the president of Ford Motor Credit Co., a subsidiary of Ford Motor Co., which was founded by Henry Ford, his great grandfather. WJBK-TV and WDIV-TV reported Monaghan, chairman of Domino's Pizza Inc., is nearing completion of a deal to sell the team.

"I don't know how these rumors get started," Edsel Ford said in a statement.

Around the league

Braves: Deion Sanders says he will reveal Saturday which of his two sports he will make a full-time career. Sanders said he will indicate his choice by suiting up with one team or the other in his Prime Time Shootout, a charity basketball game in Atlanta pitting baseball players against football players.

Giants: IBM, the city of San Jose's largest private employer, has come out against a plan to hike utility taxes to pay for a new stadium. The Giants have agreed to move, provided the city builds the stadium.

Angels: The club signed free agent first baseman Alvin Davis to a one-year contract for $800,000.

Mariners: Reliever Mike Schooler agreed on a one-year deal for $800,000.

Cardinals: The team will open its ticket office Saturday at Al Lang Stadium. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. Tickets for both Cardinals and Orioles home spring-training games will be sold. No phone orders or credit cards. For information, call 894-4773.

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