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Mike Tyson reports to jail

Mike Tyson reported to jail in Phoenix on Tuesday to serve his one-day sentence for a DUI conviction. The former heavyweight champion will be at Tent City, an open-air jail near a dog pound and junk yard. Tyson pleaded guilty in September to one count of felony cocaine possession and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence. The 41-year-old boxer was sentenced to one day in jail for the DUI charge and to three years' probation for the drug charge. The charges stem from his arrest last year after he left a Scottsdale club. Officers saw Tyson driving erratically, stopped his car and found baggies of cocaine in his pocket and car.

■ Baseball

Lowell finalizes deal

World Series MVP Mike Lowell and the Boston Red Sox finalized their US$37.5 million, three-year contract on Tuesday. Lowell could have had a four-year deal with more guaranteed money elsewhere by chose to stay with the Red Sox. "I feel the fans have embraced me, and I feel like I've embraced the fan base of Boston since Day 1," he said. Sam Levinson, one of his agents, joked about the contract length, asking the first question on a telephone conference call and inquiring whether Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein would add a fourth year. "We're very happy with the contract that we signed," Epstein responded.

■ Soccer

Sex charges case opened

Swiss authorities on Tuesday accused six current and three former FC Thun soccer players of having sexual relations with a minor. Five other individuals, who are not soccer players, have also been accused, the office of the investigating magistrate of the Bernese Alps said. Most of the suspects acknowledged they had sexual relations with the girl, the magistrate's office said. The accusations opened a formal case against the individuals, after police of canton (state) Bern last week temporarily arrested a dozen FC Thun players and others on suspicion of having sex with a 15-year-old girl. Under Swiss law, the action formally opened criminal proceedings against the suspects.

■ Cycling

Floyd Landis files appeal

Disgraced US rider Floyd Landis filed his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday, his final attempt to overturn a two-year doping ban that cost him last year's Tour de France title. American Landis is appealing the ruling by an arbitration panel in September which upheld findings by a French laboratory that he had used synthetic testosterone in winning last year's Tour. "We welcome the opportunity to present this case to CAS," Maurice Suh, Landis' lawyer, said in a statement.

■ Rugby Union

Doug Howlett punished

All Blacks winger Doug Howlett was found guilty of serious misconduct by the New Zealand Rugby Union yesterday following an alcohol-fueled incident in London. The 29-year-old apologized last month after he was seen jumping on two cars outside a hotel at Heathrow Airport after drinking with teammates in the wake of the All Blacks' shock World Cup quarter-final loss to France. Manager Darren Shand said yesterday that Howlett's penalty for the Oct. 9 incident was being kept confidential. "Doug faced intense public scrutiny over his behavior and has faced up to his actions and made reparations," Shand said.

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