Chad Blaine Kohl, who was charged with running in front of Kyle Petty and Davey Allison as they drove during Sunday's Champion Spark Plug 500 in Long Pond, Pa., told police he had been drinking for several hours before the race. Kohl told a magistrate on Monday that he may have a drinking problem. Kohl, 25, of Ephrata, Pa., was ordered held on $20,000 bond Monday after being charged with crossing the track during Sunday's race at the Pocono International Raceway. He said he drank beer for nine hours and took a pill to stay awake. "He really has his tail between his legs," District Justice John Whitesell said. "He seems to be quite remorseful." A liability expert said when the fan entered the track, he not only endangered himself and the drivers but the ability to put on races at an affordable price. Fan self-control, track safety and affordabilitygo hand in hand, said Kenneth Cox, an expert in legal liabilities in sports at Lock Haven University. If the raceway must build higher fences or pay higher insurance premiums, the $25-$175 ticket price at Pocono probably will go up, Cox said. Kohl is charged with arson endangering people, risking a catastrophe, criminal mischief, defiant trespass, persistent disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and public drunkenness. Conviction on all charges carries a maximum sentence of up to 32 years in prison and fines of $52,800. Petty and Allison were traveling at about 155 mph when they approached Kohl on the track. Kohl leaped head-first over a 40-inch retaining wall as the cars approached.
SOCCER: World Cup tickets allocated for the U.S. public sold out for first- and second-round games at Foxboro, Mass., Orlando, and Pasadena, Calif. Tickets remain for games at Dallas, Pontiac, Mich., and Stanford, Calif. The U.S. soccer team said it won't take most of its better players to the America Cup, the biennial South American championship that starts today. The U.S. Soccer Federation said forwards Roy Wegerle, Eric Wynalda and Ernie Stewart would miss the trip along with midfielders John Harkes and Thomas Dooley. Midfielder Tab Ramos will be the only regular starter to make the trip from players based in Europe. Defender Paul Caligiuri, who missed the U.S. Cup tournament because of a sprained ankle, will make the trip.
COLLEGE BASEBALL: Darren Dreifort, the star pitcher and slugger who led Wichita State to the College World Series final, won the R.E. "Bob" Smith Award, honoring college baseball's player of the year. Dreifort was selected second in this month's amateur draft by the Dodgers.
COLLEGE GOLF: Florida's Brian Gay was named to the 1993 All-America team announced by the Golf Coaches of America. Also selected: NCAA champion Todd Demsey of Arizona State, Player of the Year David Duval of Georgia Tech, Justin Leonard of Texas, Tim Herron of New Mexico, David Berganio and Manny Zerman of Arizona, Edward Fryatt of Nevada-Las Vegas and Chris Tidland of Oklahoma State.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Florida Southern and Rollins College will join Florida and Florida State in the 1993 Milk Challenge Basketball Classic at Orlando Arena. The games will be played Saturday Dec. 18. Florida will meet Florida State in the first game, followed by Florida Southern against Rollins. Tennessee coach Pat Summitt suspended senior forward Peggy Evans for the upcoming season for breaking team policies. "Peggy could continue her academic pursuits at the University of Tennessee in the coming year," Summitt said. "However, she has indicated to us that she will be exploring transfer opportunities."
PREPS: Four Suncoast players will compete in Saturday's Florida-Georgia IX, a high school football all-star game featuring the state's top players. Gametime is 8 p.m. in Orlando's Florida Citrus Bowl. Jermaine Green of Hernando, Thomas Miller of Hillsborough, Phillip Nash of Clearwater and Steve Riggs of East Lake will be on Florida's roster. Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for students. The game also will be seen live on the Sunshine Network.
WRESTLING: Kevin Jackson, an Olympic wrestler in Barcelona, will speak today at Eckerd College at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is free.
_ Compiled by Amy Radabaugh