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Pittman to serve one-game suspension

Mutiny star defender Steve Pittman must serve a one-game suspension for an incident that occurred earlier this year in Scotland and will miss Thursday's game at Columbus, Ohio.

Pittman came off the bench after his Premier Division team, Partick Thistle, lost to the Glasgow Rangers and he had words with the referee. He reportedly was red-carded three times for abusive language. Pittman skipped Monday's disciplinary hearing with the Scottish Football Association.

"Because of the date on which it fell, and being informed what the consequences could be, we felt there was no point in Steve missing the game in Colorado (a 3-1 Mutiny win on Sunday) and then being in no position to play again on Thursday even if he wasn't suspended because of the travel," Mutiny president Farrukh Quraishi said. "I think it's a fair (action)."

In other news, don't be surprised if the Mutiny is one of four MLS teams that will participate in the U.S. Open Cup tournament, which features USISL teams. The best-of-seven series could begin as early as next month. "We've expressed an interest, but that hasn't been determined," Quraishi said.

TENNIS: Prosecutors will not say whether they will end a tax evasion investigation of top-ranked tennis player Steffi Graf if she pays $2-million.

"The Mannheim prosecutor's office does not see any reason at this time to take part in an open discussion," spokesman Peter Wechsung said Monday, responding to a report in the Hamburg-based news weekly Der Spiegel that Graf will pay back taxes.

The report said any action concerning Graf would have no effect on the status of her father, Peter Graf, who is to go on trial on tax evasion charges Sept. 5.

MORE TENNIS: Emilio Sanchez defeated Thomas Schiessling 6-3, 6-4 at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel, Austria, and prepared for a more difficult opponent _ Thomas Muster.

Sanchez has a day of rest today before facing Muster, the top seed in the $435,000 clay-court tournament.

In other first-round action, Galo Blanco defeated Andrei Cherkasov 5-7, 7-5, 6-3; Omar Camporese beat Youness El Aynaoui 6-4, 6-4; and Juan-Albert Viloca defeated Herbert Wiltschnig 6-3, 6-3.

CYCLING: Denmark's first Tour de France winner, Bjarne Riis, received a hero's welcome from as many as 100,000 people, waving Danish flags and banners.

The crowd cheered Riis as he rode with his family in an open car about 5 miles from Copenhagen Airport to the Tivoli amusement park in downtown.

ET CETERA: Cheo Erving, the son of 76ers legend Julius Erving, was found guilty of one count of possessing crack cocaine, a misdemeanor, after an undercover narcotics officer saw him buy $5 worth of the drug from a dealer in North Philadelphia. Stout, the son of 1991 champion Precious Bunny, is the morning-line favorite in the Little Brown Jug set for Sept. 19 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Czech soccer player Frantisek Planicka, considered the best goalie of the 1930s, died "after a long illness" at age 92, a Czech newspaper said. Babe Griffin, a boxer and fight promoter who was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, is dead of an apparent heart attack at 88. Michelle Feldman averaged 234.06 to grab the lead after 16 games in the $65,000 Greater Charleston Open at Goose Creek, S.C.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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