Notah Begay will serve a week in jail for his second drunken driving offense.
The PGA Tour golfer pleaded guilty yesterday to aggravated drunken driving, his second drunken driving offense in five years. He was sentenced by Judge Cecelia Niemczyk to 364 days in jail, with all but seven days suspended.
Begay, 27, also must pay a $1,000 fine and not drink alcohol for a year. He will be on probation for one year and must perform 48 hours of community service.
He was arrested Jan. 19 after his vehicle struck a car in the parking lot of an Albuquerque bar.
"I made a big mistake and I want to be held responsible," Begay told the judge after pleading guilty and admitting his blood-alcohol level was at least .16, twice the legal limit for intoxication in New Mexico.
A day after his arrest, Begay said it was his second DWI incident. He was convicted of driving while intoxicated in Scottsdale, Ariz., in November 1995. The two offenses increased his jail term for the latest incident to a minimum of seven days.
New Mexico authorities were unaware of the Arizona case and Begay's admission drew praise from the judge and prosecutors at the hearing. "You are taking responsibility for more than you were originally charged with," Niemczyk told Begay. "I think that will send a great message."
"You don't have criminal defendants that volunteer information that they have committed an offense in other jurisdictions that will expose them to more [jail] time here in New Mexico," said Pete Dinelli, an assistant district attorney. "That speaks volumes for his character."
Begay left following his court hearing to compete at this week's Phoenix Open. He will begin serving his sentence on Feb. 28. His lawyer, Paul Bardacke, said Begay probably will play in the Match Play Championship in San Diego in February.
2008 Bid List Swells
The list of bidding candidates for the 2008 Summer Olympics is growing. Thailand and Osaka, Japan, announced their bids yesterday, joining Beijing; Havana; Istanbul, Turkey; Paris; Seville, Spain; and Toronto. The deadline for making a bid is Feb. 1.
In Bangkok, deputy government spokesman Somchai Sahachairungraung said the cabinet approved a $2.157 million budget for an initial advertising campaign.
The cabinet gave authority to government bodies such as the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to sign a letter of intent to be sent to the International Olympic Committee next month.
Sahachairungraung said Thailand still lacked much of the infrastructure needed for such an event. However, he said, Bangkok's second international airport and a transportation network between the capital and the Eastern Seaboard industrial and resort region were to be completed by 2008.
The last major international sporting event to take place in Thailand was the Asian Games in December 1998.
The IOC will decide the winner in 2001.
USSF, Women Talk
The lawyer for the boycotting U.S. women's soccer players met yesterday with negotiators for the U.S. Soccer Federation, and the USSF called the meeting productive. The women, who won the World Cup last summer, say the USSF isn't paying them enough and they refused to play in the Australia Cup earlier this month.
New coach April Heinrichs, hired last week, doesn't know when the players will return as she begins preparations for the Americans' defense of the Olympic gold medal at the Sydney Games. . . .
Six D.C. United players were named to the 20-man U.S. national team roster for Saturday night's friendly match at Chile. They are goalkeeper Tom Presthus; defenders Eddie Pope, Jeff Agoos and Carey Talley; and midfielders Richie Williams and Ben Olsen. Defender Carlos Llamosa was cut because of a strained hamstring. . . .
Salaheddine Bassir scored in the 84th minute to give Morocco a 1-0 victory over the Republic of Congo in the first round of the African Nations Cup. In the other game, Senegal beat Burkina Faso 3-1 on goals by Ousmane Diop in the third minute, Pape Sarr in the 45th and Salif Keita in the 86th. Ousmane Sanou scored for Burkina Faso in the 67th.
Valdez Is Critical
Emiliano "The Marvelous" Valdez, a 26-year-old Dominican Republic native, had emergency surgery to remove a blood clot and relieve swelling of the brain. Valdez, who was in critical condition, was knocked out in the final round of a 10-round welterweight match on Sunday night when Washington native Teddy Reid landed successive blows to the head. Valdez, earlier knocked down in the second round and staggered from a big right by Reid in the fifth, had surgery later Sunday night.
Stewart Quits Jaguar
Former Formula One driving champion Jackie Stewart resigned as chairman and chief executive officer of the new Jaguar team. The 60-year-old Scotsman, announcing his decision at the launch of the green Jaguar car, said he wanted to spend more time with his wife Helen and family.
Finland Jumps Farthest
Host Finland edged Germany by 2.1 points in each of the two rounds at a World Cup team event on Hakuba Ski Jump Stadium's large hill. Janne Ahonen, Finland's final jumper, came up with a 127.5-meter leap to wrap up the victory in a close contest held in a light but incessant snowfall.
Finland was 2.1 points ahead of Germany at 461.1 after the first round, and led the Germans with the same margin in the final round, totaling 883.2, 4.2 points more than the runners-up.
Sven Hannawald soared to the day's longest jump of 131.5 meters in his second attempt for his German team.
Navratilova Gains Fame
Martina Navratilova, whose power game reshaped women's tennis and perhaps all of women's sports, was voted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She was joined by Australian Davis Cup star Malcolm Anderson and Robert Kelleher, who led the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association into the Open era. The three will be inducted July 15 in Newport, R.I.