Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2002

Texans will make Carr their No. 1 NFL draft pick

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans have confirmed one of the NFL's worst kept secrets: Fresno State quarterback David Carr will be the first pick in the April 20 draft.

Texans owner Bob McNair said Wednesday that discussions with Mike Sullivan, Carr's agent, have been going well and the team believes a contract will be worked out soon.

Devils' Gomez breaks hand

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils left wing Scott Gomez will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks with a broken left hand.

Gomez was hurt in the third period of the Devils' 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday night in a collision in the corner with teammate Bobby Holik and Dave Scatchard of the Islanders.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Tuesday tests showed Gomez broke two bones in his hand and will need surgery once the swelling goes down.

United States soccer tops Mexico

DENVER -- Clint Mathis scored in the 66th minute as the United States overcame a slow start to beat Mexico 1-0 on Wednesday night in a tuneup game for the World Cup.

The United States is 8-2 this year and has seven straight shutouts at home. The Americans have won four of their last five games against Mexico.

Mexico outshot the United States 9-6, but had just three shots in the second half.

Hornets meet all marks for move to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS -- The Charlotte Hornets said Wednesday that they have exceeded all the requirements set by the NBA for a move to New Orleans.

''Under the most extreme circumstances, this community has come together and responded, so I have no doubt at all we'll get this done,'' team owner Ray Wooldridge said at a news conference.

NBA commissioner David Stern said last month that he was certain the league would approve the move if enough season tickets were sold and other financial commitments were made.

Wife of Cleveland pitcher Chuck Finley arrested

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Actress Tawny Kitaen, wife of Cleveland Indians pitcher Chuck Finley, was charged Wednesday with spousal abuse and battery for allegedly attacking her husband.

Kitaen was arrested Monday night after arguing with Finley as they drove home from dinner, said Tori Richards, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office.

The charges were revealed the same day Finley was scheduled to make his season debut against his former team, the Anaheim Angels, for whom he pitched 14 seasons.

Finley was scratched from his start and did not come to the stadium. Ryan Drese got the start in Finley's place.

Indians general manager Mark Shapiro said there was nothing physically wrong with Finley, but, ''Chuck called me today to say that he wouldn't be able to make the game tonight.''

''He did not feel like he could make it to the ballpark, wouldn't be able to pitch,'' he said.

Shapiro said Finley is expected to join the team in Detroit, where the Indians open a three-game series on Friday.

''My attitude is, it's the same as with any player in the organization. Everyone has issues outside of being a major league player that they have to deal with in life,'' Shapiro said. ''It's a tough thing to go through when you're in an environment like this.''

A third party called 911 after the couple arrived at their Newport Beach home, Richards said. Police arrested Kitaen after noticing abrasions and scrapes on the 39-year-old Finley.

Kitaen, 40, was ordered released Wednesday on her own recognizance from Orange County Jail. If convicted of the two misdemeanor counts, she faces up to a year in jail and a $6,000 fine.

A judge issued a restraining order against Kitaen, ordering her to have no contact with Finley. Richards said Kitaen will live in the Newport Beach home, while Finley will live elsewhere.

He was driving Monday night when the couple began arguing, and Kitaen kicked him with her high-heeled shoes, Richards said.

''She kicked him in the thigh, in the leg, in the arm, she grabbed his ear and twisted it,'' Richards said. ''At one point, her high-heel shoe was on top of his foot pressing the accelerator to the ground.''

Kitaen, whose real name is Julie, and Finley were married in 1997. They have two daughters.

Kitaen is best known for her role in the 1984 Tom Hanks movie ''Bachelor Party.'' She's also appeared in such TV shows as ''Seinfeld,'' ''Married ... with Children,'' and ''The Howard Stern Show.''

She was previously married to David Coverdale, lead singer for the British heavy metal band Whitesnake.

''What he's going through are the regular ups and downs people go through in their personal life,'' Shapiro said. ''His priority right now is his family. My sentiment to him was to take as much time as he needed to tend to his personal matters.''

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