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Padres' catcher arrested

CORONADO, Calif. -- All-star catcher Benito Santiago was arrested for investigation of drunken driving and resisting arrest for allegedly struggling with police during a traffic stop, authorities said Friday.

But Scott Boras, Santiago's agent and attorney, said the San Diego Padres player was only trying to help his sister when three officers wrestled him to the ground and arrested him.

Santiago's sister was reportedly stopped after an officer saw her driving erratically.

Santiago, who was in a separate car, was briefly taken into custody on the misdemeanor allegations after the altercation in Coronado.

Police Chief Jerry Boyd said Santiago verbally abused and charged officers but did not strike one officer who was administering a sobriety test to Santiago's sister.

"Santiago continued to advance in what officers described as a combative manner," he said. "The officer grabbed his arm and told him to calm down."

He said Santiago turned on the officer, who wrestled him to the ground and handcuffed him with the aid of a third officer who arrived at the scene during the altercation.

Santiago was booked into county jail in San Diego for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol and interfering with an officer before being released. Santiago's sister, Eneida Santiago, 42, was released after police determined she was not intoxicated.

Boras, however, said Santiago never threatened police and that he was only trying to interpret for his sister, who doesn't speak English, when an officer ordered him back into his car.

Soviets win in ice tourney

ALBANY -- Artur Irbe deflected 27 shots and four separate players scored as the Soviet team Dynamo Riga defeated Canada, 4-2, in the second round of the USA Cup Tournament.

The win gave Dynamo Riga a 2-0 record in the tournament and assured the team of a berth in tonight's championship game.

Weber suspended from PBA

AKRON, Ohio -- Pete Weber was suspended from the Pro Bowlers Tour for six months, but will continue to compete pending appeal.

Commissioner Joe Antenora said the suspension, for violating the PBA's standards of conduct, was automatic because Weber was on probation.

Antenora would not disclose the alleged violation "because the matter is under appeal."

Weber told the Professional Bowlers Association he will appeal, and the matter could be unresolved until late spring.

Antenora said Weber was on probation for three conduct code violations during a 12-month period.

Czechoslovakia in quarters

PERTH, Australia -- Czechoslovakia qualified for a quarterfinal berth against the United States in the Hopman Cup team tennis championships by beating Germany, 2-1.

Petr Korda keyed the victory by beating Carl-Uwe Steeb in singles and teamming with Regina Rajchrtova for a doubles win.

Isabel Cueto beat Rajchrtova, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, to give Germany a 1-0 lead, but Korda defeated Steeb, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, then he and Rajchrtova beat Steeb and Cueto, 6-1, 6-3, in mixed doubles.

Hill to battle Hearns

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Virgil Hill has landed a fight with World Boxing Organization super-middleweight champion Thomas Hearns, Hill's manager said.

Gary Martinson said the fight likely will be held in May in Las Vegas, but a specific place and other details still need to be worked out.

"We have signed, and our understanding is Hearns has signed," Martinson said.

Hill, the World Boxing Association's light heavyweight champion, still must defend his title against No. 1 contender Mike Peak during a Jan. 6 fight in Bismarck.

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