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■ BASEBALL

Offerman arrested for attack

Former major league All-Star Jose Offerman was arrested on Tuesday after charging the mound and hitting the pitcher and catcher with his bat during a minor league game in Connecticut. Bridgeport police said Offerman was arrested, but did not detail the charges against him. Police said he posted bond. Offerman, playing for the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic League, homered in the first inning. The next inning, he was hit by a pitch from Bridgeport's Matt Beech and charged the mound with his bat. Offerman hit Beech in the hands and struck catcher John Nathans in the head. The game was delayed for about 20 minutes because of the melee. Offerman, Beech and Bridgeport manager and former major league pitcher Tommy John were all ejected. There was no immediate update on the condition of Beech or Nathans. Offerman batted .273 during his 15 seasons in the majors. He last played in the majors in 2005 with Philadelphia and the New York Mets. He was an All-Star in 1995 with the Dodgers and 1999 with Boston.

■ GOLF

Norman cuts wife's cash

Greg Norman has cut off his wife's credit cards and held "hostage" other disputed money and property in a contentious year-long divorce, her lawyers said in court filings in Florida. The Australian golfer's attorneys denied all the allegations. Laura Norman claims her husband is trying to "starve" her out in an attempt to coerce her into signing a settlement agreement they are working out, according to a filing on Monday in Martin County. Greg Norman filed for divorce last year to end his 25-year marriage. "Everything is being held up by him," Russell Ferraro Jr, Laura Norman's attorney, said on Tuesday. According to the filing, Greg Norman broke unwritten agreements that he would allow his wife use of credit cards and provide funds for legal fees, and also changed the locks on the couple's US$22 million Jupiter Island estate.

■ BASEBALL

Cox sets ejection record

After going more than seven weeks without getting tossed, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox finally passed John McGraw for the most ejections in Major League Baseball history on Tuesday. Cox was thrown out by home-plate umpire Ted Barrett for arguing a called third strike on Chipper Jones to end the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants. It was the 132nd ejection of Cox's career, eclipsing the mark that McGraw set during his Hall of Fame career to 1932. While MLB doesn't count ejections as an official stat, the Society for American Baseball Research came up with 131 ejections for McGraw. The manager known as "Little Napoleon" was tossed 14 times as a player, so Cox already held the mark for managers. He tied McGraw's overall record during a June 23 game against the Detroit Tigers. After that, Cox managed to go 43 consecutive games without an ejection.

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