Ex-pitcher John Wetteland facing 3 charges of sexual assault of a child

Pitcher John Wetteland, the MVP of the 1996 World Series, was indicted on three charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child Thursday in Denton County, Texas.

Wetteland, 52, was arrested in mid-January after a relative accused Wetteland of forcing the child to perform sex acts on him three times beginning in 2004, when the child was just 4 years old. It happened twice more in the next two years at Wetteland’s home in Bartonville, Texas, the accuser told police.

Bartonville police arrested Wetteland on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child Jan. 14. He was released on $25,000 bond the same day.

Efforts to reach Wetteland for comment were unsuccessful.

Wetteland pitched with the Dodgers, Expos, Yankees and Rangers. He retired in 2000.

Horse racing: The California Horse Racing Board voted to severely limit the use of whips on horses in racing statewide and approved medication changes on a smaller scale following the deaths of 22 horses at Santa Anita. The board votes came during a passionate meeting in which a group that represents jockeys argued that the whips were not connected to the horse deaths and that any drastic changes should be delayed for more study. Board members rejected that idea, with two saying they personally witnessed whips being overused on some of the horses that died and that if the sport is to survive, changes are necessary. The board also approved a plan by the owners of Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields to phase out Lasix, which is banned on race days in every country but the U.S. and Canada.

Colleges: Rudy Meredith, former women’s soccer coach at Yale, pleaded guilty in Boston to taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were recruits to boost their chances of getting into the school. He is the third person to plead guilty in the wide-ranging school-admissions scandal in which authorities say wealthy parents paid an admissions consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at schools. Meredith began cooperating with the FBI last year after investigators set up a sting and caught him soliciting a $450,000 bribe from a father. He helped investigators unravel the wider bribery scheme by leading them to the admissions consultant, who later agreed to work with investigators and recorded his conversations with parents.

Tennis: Ashleigh Barty is finally through to her first Miami Open final. The 12th-seeded Australian endured three rain delays — one before the match, two during play — to beat 21st-seeded Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3, 6-3. Roger Federer got past Kevin Anderson 6-0, 6-4 in the quarterfinals to earn a matchup against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.

NFL: The Cowboys traded a sixth-round pick to the Dolphins for defensive end Robert Quinn. … Former Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano has stepped down as defensive coordinator of the Patriots, less than two months after taking the job, to “spend more time on my faith and family.” … Patriots owner Robert Kraft asked a judge overseeing his prostitution case to suppress key evidence, including video police say shows him receiving sex from a masseuse at a spa. … The Eagles signed former Cal tight end Richard Rodgers to a two-year deal.

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