A trespass warning is all police gave a local man who masqueraded as a Florida Marlins player, then was unmasked when he had a hard time answering questions from elementary school children at an assembly.
Panama City Beach, Fla., police issued a warning to Christopher Michael Camp, 21, after he convinced Hutchinson Beach Elementary School officials he was a Marlins pitcher and appeared at an assembly for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students.
Camp told assistant principal Denise Kelley his name was Bill Jones. He offered to bring his teammates to the school to talk to students.
But when he showed up to the Jan. 7 assembly by himself and couldn't answer a lot of the youngsters' questions about professional baseball or the Miami-based team, school administrators got suspicious.
"I got on the Internet, looked up the roster, and the next day called to verify with the Marlins organization . . . and he wasn't a member of their organization," Principal Joel Armstrong said.
Police said Camp was just looking for a little attention and was bored with his life. They did not charge him with a crime.
Seven D.C. United players were invited to the 25-man U.S. men's national team training camp in preparation for the Jan. 29 friendly match at Chile.
Selected were goalkeeper Tom Presthus, defenders Eddie Pope, Jeff Agoos, Carlos Llamosa and Carey Talley, and midfielders Richie Williams and Ben Olsen. The squad will assemble in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., today. All but one player--Germany-based forward Jovan Kirovski--are from Major League Soccer. . . .
Former McLean High School standout Sergio Salas was one of six U.S. prospects to sign developmental contracts with MLS. Salas was a second-team All-Met forward last spring for the Highlanders.
Indiana defender Nick Garcia, who led the Hoosiers to two straight NCAA titles, UCLA defender Carlos Bocanegra, N.C. State forward Shaker Asad, UNC Greensboro midfielder Rusty Pierce and forward Bobby Convey from Philadelphia's William Penn Charter High School also signed MLS contracts.
All of those players will be available in the Feb. 6 league draft in Fort Lauderdale.
Watson's Father Dies
Raymond Watson, father of five-time British Open champion Tom Watson, died of a heart attack while in Hawaii to watch his son compete at the Tournament of Champions, the Senior PGA Tour said.
Watson, 80, was in Honolulu with his wife, Sally, when he suffered the heart attack. According to golf.com, Tom Watson was on the putting green at Hualalai Golf Club when his wife, Hillary, told him of his father's death. Watson immediately withdrew from the tournament. . . .
PGA Tour golfer Notah Begay, arrested for drunken driving following a late-night parking-lot collision, said he wants to take full responsibility and face the consequences.
"It's a cut-and-dried case of bad judgment," Begay said as he prepared to play at the University of New Mexico course. "It will not happen again."
He said he may quit drinking entirely. Begay was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and failure to keep proper lookout, police spokesman John Walsh said.
Begay won two tournaments and more than $1 million during his rookie year last season.
In another blow to the embattled IBF, its No. 1 heavyweight contender, David Tua, claims the sanctioning group is improperly delaying his title fight against Lennox Lewis.
Tua says the IBF violated its own regulations by ruling that Lewis was not obligated to fight him until Nov. 13, according to a federal lawsuit.
That date is a year after Britain's Lewis unified the heavyweight titles by defeating Evander Holyfield in a rematch of their controversial draw.
Tua, of New Zealand, maintains that because his bout against the IBF champion was delayed because of the rematch, it must occur sooner than Nov. 13, the lawsuit said.
Appealing Their Case
The plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA have asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia to reconsider a ruling by three of its judges that the NCAA was not subject to standards set by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because of two jurisdictional issues in the case.
The petition from Trial Lawyers for Public Justice was supported by the U.S. Department of Justice as it filed a friend-of-the-court brief.
In a 2-1 ruling on Dec. 22, the appeals court reversed a U.S. District Court judge's ruling that had struck down the minimum test score provisions of the NCAA's freshman eligibility rules as having "an unjustified disparate impact against African Americans."
Both sides expect the loser at the appeals court level to seek review by the Supreme Court.
CAPTION: PGA Tour's Notah Begay, arrested for drunken driving, says: "It's a cut-and-dried case of bad judgment."