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Daly and wife call a truce after trading lurid accusations

HOSTILITIES COOL Troubled golf star John Daly and his wife Sherrie had asked a court in Memphis for protection against each other

AP , MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

John Daly and his wife called a truce on Tuesday after dueling court claims of drunken rampage, knife-wielding and sexual assault.

Daly, a winner of two of golf's major championships with a history of hard drinking, showed up at a US tour event at Memphis on Friday with a face full of scratches and a story about his wife attacking him with a steak knife.

His wife, Sherrie Daly, who went to prison last year in connection with a drug investigation, accused him in a court petition on Monday of sexually assaulting her and making up the knife attack to mask his own wrongdoing.

Both asked a Memphis court for protection against the other.

But the hostilities cooled on Tuesday after a meeting with their attorneys, said Stevan Black, Daly's lawyer.

"It's not the present intent of either of them to press any criminal charges against the other," Black said.

Sherrie Daly filed for a divorce last year but the couple still lived together at their residence near the Southwind golf course where Daly played last week in the Stanford St Jude Championship.

"For the time being, the divorce is still pending and there's been no discussion of reconciliation," Black said. "But it certainly was deemed important to return to civility."

The two have agreed to refrain from further public comments about their marital troubles, Black said.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the suburban Daly residence about 6am on Friday. Daly said his wife attacked him with a knife while he was sleeping.

He had no serious injuries but deputies said his face was scratched and his shirt had blood on it.

Sherrie Daly had left the residence, the report said.

In her court petition, she accused Daly of attacking her in a drunken rage and scratching his own face "to cover up his sexual assault," for which few details were given.

Daly filed a similar petition with the court on Friday. Both were filed as part of the ongoing divorce proceeding, with each seeking temporary custody of the couple's three-year-old son and Mrs Daly's eight-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Black said the Dalys have agreed, at least temporarily, to continue jointly caring for the boys at the Memphis residence.

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