CBC News has reported Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi will accept a plea bargain today from the British Columbia Crown...

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Canucks’ All-Star forward has court date today:

CBC News has reported Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi will accept a plea bargain today from the British Columbia Crown.

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According to the report, Bertuzzi will plead guilty to assaulting Colorado forward Steve Moore in return for a conditional discharge. The report said Bertuzzi, 29, won’t have a criminal record but will be required to perform community service.

Bertuzzi was suspended for the rest of the regular season and the 2004 playoffs by the NHL after his March 8 on-ice attack on Moore. Bertuzzi has not been reinstated by the league. It is not known whether Moore — who suffered three broken vertebrae in his neck, a concussion and facial cuts in the incident — will be able to play hockey again.

Media reports noted that regardless of what happens in the criminal case, Bertuzzi could face a possible civil suit from Moore. Moore reportedly has hired attorney Tim Danson of Toronto.


Worldstars rally for victory:

Anson Carter, who ended last season with the Los Angeles Kings, led a three-goal comeback by the Worldstars in the third period to beat Norway’s All-Stars 7-6 in Oslo, Norway.

The Worldstars, a team of locked-out NHL players backed by the International Management Group, are 6-3 on their 10-game European tour.

Carter had assists on two of the Worldstars’ last three goals.

Alexandre Daigle, who was set up by Carter, scored the Worldstars’ last goal at 18:38 of the third period.


Oilers’ Moreau joins Austrian team:

Edmonton Oilers forward Ethan Moreau has joined top Austrian team Villacher SV for the rest of the season.

Jason Krog of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Reinhard Divis of St. Louis Blues already play for Villacher SV.


Soccer


German beer will be available at 2006 World Cup:

German fans will get to drink German beer at the 2006 World Cup, after all.

Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc., which has exclusive rights to sell beer in and around World Cup stadiums, agreed to also let German brewery Bitburger pour its product at stadiums.

“Beer is a very emotional subject here in Germany,” Bitburger spokesman Dietmar Henle said.

“But this deal pays for itself in other ways, too. Both sides are winners here.”

Some Germans were dismayed when news emerged in April that only Anheuser-Busch beers, including Budweiser, would be available during the tournament.

Anheuser-Busch has been a sponsor or marketing partner of the World Cup at each tournament since 1986.


Mexico to play at Petco Park:

The Mexico men’s team will start its 2005 U.S. tour by playing Sweden on Jan. 26 at Petco Park, home of the baseball San Diego Padres.


Osborne is voted top player:

Santa Clara senior Leslie Osborne was voted the nation’s top female collegiate player.

Osborne’s Honda Award as top soccer player earns her an automatic nomination for the collegiate woman athlete of the year.


Ipswich adds Karbassiyoon:

American defender Daniel Karbassiyoon, who scored a League Cup goal in his debut for reigning English Premier League champion Arsenal two months ago, has joined lower-division club Ipswich on a month’s loan.

The 20-year-old left back hopes to gain more starting experience and was with his new team for yesterday’s game against League Championship leader Wigan.

“We were actually asking Arsenal about another player on loan, but then they mentioned that Daniel was available,” Ipswich manager Joy Royle said.


Golf


Mickelson plans to make ’05 debut in California:

Masters champion Phil Mickelson has decided to skip the winners-only Mercedes Championships in Hawaii to start the new season and make his 2005 debut in the Buick Invitational in Carlsbad, Calif., near his hometown of San Diego.

Mickelson’s decision leaves the Mercedes with 31 players when the PGA Tour season begins Jan. 6. The Buick Invitational starts Jan. 20.


Swimming


World championships might be moved:

The 2005 World Swimming Championships might be moved from Montreal after Canada’s federal government rejected a request to put more money into the July 17-31 event.

The championships, billed as the largest sporting event in Montreal since the 1976 Olympics, have already received $35.7 million in public money to cover the total cost of the event. But organizers recently said the event needs $9.7 million more in government money. An audit report said organizers have done a poor job collecting corporate sponsorships, with a total of $142,100.

Long Beach, Calif., is considered a possible alternate site.

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