Florida International infielder Garrett Wittels, who is chasing Robin Ventura's college baseball-record 58-game hitting streak, was charged with raping two 17-year-old girls during a vacation to the Bahamas, the Miami Herald reported. The incident occurred Dec. 20, while Wittels and a group of friends were vacationing at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. He was released on $10,000 bond after a court hearing on Dec. 23. "Anyone can accuse anyone of anything at any time," the hitter's father, Michael Wittels, said in the report. "He's not doing well, obviously. He's blown away. He's devastated that someone would accused him of this."
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Watergate Prosecutor Kept Tabs On Steinbrenner
Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox expressed "extreme interest" in a 1970s criminal investigation of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for illegal campaign contributions. Then-FBI Director Clarence M. Kelley relayed Cox's concern in a memo on Aug. 16, 1973, to the bureau's Cleveland office, according to documents released Thursday. The FBI felt agents needed to make sure the probe received "the same, immediate and preferred handling" as other criminal cases then growing from the Watergate scandal. The memos were included in a 400-page release of Steinbrenner's FBI file. Most of the material focused on the Watergate-era federal probe that led to the shipbuilding magnate's 1974 conviction for illegal contributions to disgraced President Richard M. Nixon.
Adenhart's Killer Sentenced To 51 Years To Life
A man who was on probation for felony drunken driving when he ran a red light and killed rookie Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other people was sentenced Wednesday to 51 years to life in prison. Prosecutors said Andrew Gallo's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when he blew through a red light at an Orange County intersection on April 9, 2009, and T-boned the car carrying Adenhart and three friends. Also killed in the crash were 20-year-old Courtney Stewart and 25-year-old Henry Pearson. A fourth passenger, Jon Wilhite, was severely injured.
Indians HOF Pitcher Bob Feller Dies At 92
Bob Feller, who left baseball in the prime of his career to fight for his country, died Wednesday night. He was 92. Feller, who won 266 games in 18 seasons, all with the Cleveland Indians, died of acute leukemia at a hospice, said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians vice president of public relations.