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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - February 15, 2001, Winnipeg, Manitoba ce SPORTS WINNIPEG FREE FEBF Hilton takes the stand on innocence By Michelle MacAfee MONTREAL Time after time and with unwavering Dave Hilton denied yesterday he ever had sexual contact with two teenage sisters who say he abused them repeatedly for three After listening to 14 days of the world champion boxer took the wit ness stand to tell Quebec court Judge Rolande Matte his version of Hilton appeared calm while answer ing questions from his lawyer Paul Skol although he often had to be told to speak more Hilton stood with his arms crossed or with hands in his pockets as he addressed each allegation made earlier in the trial by the two who say the abuse began when they were He vehemently declared his innocence more than 15 times in the hour he spent on the stand yesterday There was never anything inappro Hilton At one Hilton admitted he shared a hotel bed with one of his accusers while a female friend slept in the next There was no sexual con Hilton His reason for snaring a bed with the young girl instead of his Dawn was Lehmans She wasnt but she weighs about 230 pounds and I was afraid if she rolled over in bed she might smother you said a former boxer who fought as the Blond testified last week she never saw anything inappropriate during the time she shared the room with Hilton and the Throughput his which will likely continue for the rest of the Hilton often addressed pointed questions from his own lawyer about his A steady stream of witnesses both for the Crown and the defence have referred to the 37yearold as a hard often undisciplined man whose entourage lived much the same who is put of bail during his has been living under court order at a Salvation Army detoxification cen tre since He was arrested in April 1999 on nine sexrelated including two counts of sexual two of sexual interference and two of inviting sexual Hilton has pleaded not guilty Press Carruth is interviewed by Leslie Boghosian at the Nash Correctional Institution in was convicted of conspiring to kill Cherica who was pregnant with his son when she was fatally Carruth talks about woman he was convicted of conspiring to kill 1 didnt know her last name Former NFL receiver Rae Carruth says in a tele vised interview that he and the woman he was convicted of conspiring to kill were little more than sex I didnt know her last name until we went to Lamaze Carruth said in an interview to air tonight on CNNs Sports Tonight and on It was the first time Carruth has spoken publicly since his conviction last is imprisoned at the Nash Correctional Institution in Nash 65 kilometres east of He was convicted of conspiring to kill Cherica who was pregnant with his son when she was fatally shot as she drove along a Charlotte street in November The former Carolina Panther was sentenced in January to at least 18 11 months and a maximum of 24 four months for conspiracy to commit shooting into an occupied vehicle and using an instru ment with the intent to destroy an unborn He was acquitted of firstdegree Prosecutors said Carruth used his vehicle to block Adams car so a hired gunman could shoot was shot four times in the which prosecutors said Carruth arranged so he could avoid paying child Adams died a month after the shoot Her delivered by emergency caesarean suffers from cere bral While prosecutors portrayed Adams as Carruths Carruth dis puted As far as Cherica and I are con we never Carruth said in the We were never boyfriend and We slept There was no conversa Carruths David said in a telephone interview yesterday that the relationship between Carruth and Adams was always overstated in the but that Carruth misspoke when he said he didnt know her last I think what he meant to say was that he didnt know the spelling of her last Rudolf When he was at Lamaze that came Carruth said when the verdict was he looked at lawyer David Rudolf and they want to kill Rudolf said the statement was made during jury selection as prosecutors sought to impanel a jury that could vote for the death Asked why he hid in the trunk of a friends car when he fled Charlotte after the Carruth said he felt that everyone was against Who was going to speak up for me he You have the guys that did it Cherica was there and shes The media had already This is what What did I have left According to Carruth also said in the interview that he hoped to sit down one day with his braindam aged and tell him what really that he had nothing to do with Press Hitches slow Coyotes sale as deadline looms today By Mel Relsner PHOENIX The frequent hitches that have marked Wayne Gretzkys return to hockey as an owner slowed the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes again Gretzky and partners Steve Ellman and Jerry Moyes spent the day in New trying to close the But it dragged on until the third dead line for Well be here all I Ell man said last Part of the difficulty had to do with co ordination among the principals in the purchase and representatives of two foreign The talks involved at least one conference It was a familiar scene in a process that began in January 2000 and appeared to be resolved when owner Richard Burke and Ellman agreed on an lion price last April That started a chain reaction of missed deadlines and including one granted in late December that started the countdown to If the closing takes longer than the close of business Ellman would need another extension from the NHL to continue trying to buy out Both said last week they expected to close a day but Burke also sug gested leaving an extra day in case of He said yesterday he was confident the deal would Im told they do have their money this but even at the point where you have the money it always takes longer than you said who stayed home in suburban Paradise NHL spokesman Frank Brown also didnt consider having to crowd anoth er deadline a No one from this office has ever sug gested the closing would be before Brown George a Scottsdale city coun cilman who opposes Ellmans plan to build a new arena in the wealthy suburb that could make the Coyotes thought In transactions of this its under standable that complications can Zraket considering the history of the past any delays at this point make you Press Solid mp of sociation of we extenfttojijMjmtions m the and each of the ifnr one of the more memorable championships rf luck and gdqjft wil jjlgreat enthusi To the 2001 we wish y at the Nokia Brier in ij watching and cheeking our c Grizzlies boss mauled for Raptors remark TORONTO Dick Versace spoke his mind and now hes paying the The Vancouver Grizzlies president was fined by the NBA yesterday for remarks about the Toronto Raptors in a radio The fine conies after Raptors president Richard Peddie voiced his displeasure to NBA deputy com missioner Russ Granik about comments made by Versace regarding Torontos future in the BotH Raptors GM Glen Grunwald and I spoke with Russ and were very articulate in voicing our and Granik was all Peddie The struggling Grizzlies were given permission earlier this week by NBA commissioner David Stern to look at relocating amid projections that owner Michael Heisley will lose at least million US this season and more next On Versace said Toronto will be in the same dire financial straits as Vancouver once superstar Vince Carters contract expires after the 20012002 Toronto is one year away from the position that were Versace referring to when Carter becomes a restricted free Whether he stays or he they are in If Vince demands a huge which hes going then their payroll is going to go up dra They are just probably breaking even or making a little money right Canadian Press Safeway Select Champions i j Kerry Jeff Rob Keith Fen to n Celebrate Victory Congratulations and Good Luck in Ottawa Platinum Sponsors C6hfckenc6bef MANITOBAS Gold Sponsors Your Prairie Ford Dealers II0N WELLINGTON WEST C M f i I 1 I n SKjNAilJ Supporting Sponsors n f The Caribe Bloyale HI KVJXnJL Refort Partners The 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