Florida State defensive end Chris Walker was arrested yesterday and charged with drunken driving, becoming the latest member of the nation's No. 1 college football team to run afoul of the law.
Walker was taken to the Brevard County jail at 2:05 a.m. Sheriff's deputies attracted by squealing tires stopped him, according to a police statement. Walker was being held on $500 bond. He is due in court Jan. 18 for a hearing.
Three other Seminoles have had legal problems this year. Wide receiver Peter Warrick missed two games while facing felony grand theft charges, which eventually were reduced to a misdemeanor. Warrick and teammate Laveranues Coles, also a wide receiver, were arrested for paying only $21.40 for more than $400 worth of designer clothes. And cornerback Tay Cody was suspended by Coach Bobby Bowden following his arrest for possession of marijuana.
Florida State will play No. 2 Virginia Tech for the national championship in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.
Rare Ruth Footage
Sometime this weekend, maybe tonight, maybe Sunday, ESPN's Athletes of the Century countdown will get to Babe Ruth. And included in the opening of the profile will be newly discovered archival film of the 1932 called-shot home run.
Ruth is in the final four of the countdown with Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Michael Jordan. Profiles of the No. 4 and No. 3 athletes will be shown on ESPN tonight, with No. 2 and No. 1 scheduled for Sunday afternoon on ABC.
When the project began, ESPN asked on its Web site for any archival film that viewers might have of the likely candidates. And that was how Mark Shapiro, coordinating producer of the series, fell into this treasure trove of film--Ruth's called shot homer in the 1932 World Series.
The new film was shot by a man named Harold Warp, who was not a passionate baseball fan and attended just one game in his life--Game 3 of the 1932 World Series. He shot home movies of the event and they became part of a collection shown at the annual family reunion.
It was no big deal for the family, a curiosity more than anything else, until Warp's great nephew, James Jacobs, came across it. "I thought that it was pretty neat, Ruth and Lou Gehrig at Wrigley Field," Jacobs said.
World No. 14 Greg Rusedski will miss next month's Australian Open after undergoing foot surgery, becoming the second top-50 player to withdraw from the first Grand Slam of the year.
Rusedski, who hasn't played since pulling out of the Paris Open in November because of a hamstring injury, said he expects to return to action in February.
Marcelo Rios, last year's runner-up, also is missing the Australian Open because of a back injury. Two-time U.S. Open champion Pat Rafter's participation is in doubt following shoulder surgery.
Violence in Moscow
A car belonging to world champion Maria Butryskaya blew up on a Moscow street just minutes before she planned to drive to the Russian national championships. The Sport Ekspress newspaper said witnesses saw two young people running away from the car shortly before it blew up Thursday night. . . .
World silver medalist Yevgeny Plushchenko landed a quadruple and seven triples to win his second consecutive Russian national championship over world champion Alexei Yagudin.
Colombian midfielder Juan Guillermo Villa, 24, was murdered in Medellin, police said. Villa, who plays for national champion Atletico Nacional, was attacked after returning home from a party.
A woman who stripped to her underwear and raced onto the 18th green to kiss and hug Tiger Woods five months ago at the British Open has been fined $400. Yvonne Robb, 21, was fined $160 for the dash July 15 and $240 more for assisting a man two weeks later who sold photographs of her adventure to a British newspaper.