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Former Baseball Star Belle Is Charged With Stalking

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Former baseball star Albert Belle was arrested yesterday and charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend, police said.

Scottsdale police said the 39-year-old Belle was taken into custody after a former girlfriend told police that he had stalked her.

Belle was being held without bond at the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix, according to a county sheriff's department spokesman.

A five-time all-star outfielder, Belle hit 381 career home runs in a 12-year big league career that began with the Cleveland Indians in 1989. He also played for the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore before retiring in 2000 after his second season with the Orioles.

Belle, who has lived in Arizona for several years, was arrested on a DUI charge here in September 2002.

· COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The Miami Hurricanes and Oklahoma Sooners will renew their football rivalry in 2007 after not playing each other for nearly 20 years.

They will play at Oklahoma on Sept. 8, 2007, and in Miami on Sept. 12, 2009, officials said yesterday.

The teams played once a season from 1985 to 1987, with Miami winning all three games. The Hurricanes clinched the national championship by beating Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl after the 1987 season, and the Sooners won the 1985 national title despite a loss to Miami.

· TENNIS: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat French wild-card Gilles Simon , 7-5, 6-4, to reach the quarterfinals of the Open 13 in Marseille, France.

Nadal enjoyed an easier second-round after saving a match point in his opening match. The 19-year-old Spaniard had to rally from 5-3 down in the first set against Simon.

"He started off very aggressively and it was tough for me to get in the game," Nadal said.

Nadal will next play Paul-Henri Mathieu of France, who upset seventh-seeded Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7-0), 6-3.

Third-seeded Nikolay Davydenko also bowed out, losing to Russian countryman Evgeny Korolev 6-4, 7-6 (8-6). Korolev, who turned 18 on Tuesday, replaced the injured Tim Henman in the draw.

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