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Tennis Great Jimmy Connors Arrested Outside UCSB and UNC Game


Posted: Saturday November 22, 2008 10:56AM; Updated: Saturday November 22, 2008 11:41AM

Jimmy Connors arrested in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, California (AP) -- Tennis great Jimmy Connors was arrested outside the campus arena where UC Santa Barbara and top-ranked North Carolina were playing a basketball game.

The eight-time Grand Slam champion was taken into custody Friday night after refusing to comply with an order to leave an area near the entrance of the Thunderdome following a confrontation, police Sgt. Dan Massey said in a statement.

A police dispatcher said Connors was arrested at the beginning of the game.

A Santa Barbara County jail employee said Connors was booked and released but did not have details.

Connors could not immediately be reached for comment early Saturday.

Connors lives in the Santa Barbara area and attends a handful of the Gauchos' games each season.

Connors was ranked No. 1 for five consecutive years in the 1970s, and had a fiery temperament on the court. Earlier this year, he resigned as Andy Roddick's coach after working together for nearly two years.

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PeacefulManComment by PeacefulMan - November 23, 2008, 10:18 am
Wonder what this was all about?
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - November 23, 2008, 8:38 pm
He was blocking an entrance and refused to move to one side.

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