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Olga Korbut’s son gets 3 years

Atlanta: The son of Soviet Olympic gymnastics star Olga Korbut was sentenced to almost three and a half years in federal custody for making $20,000 in counterfeit money.

Richard Bortkevich, 23, pleaded guilty in September. “Your mother paid an awful lot of dues to become an Olympic gold medal winner,” US district judge J. Owen Forrester told Bortkevich. “If you pay those dues, you’ll turn out a winner, too.”

Korbut, who now lives in Atlanta, was not in court, but sent a letter supporting her son.

The native of Belarus admitted using a computer to make the money. A deputy sheriff found fake $100 bills at his family’s suburban home in December while attempting to serve eviction papers to Korbut’s former husband, Leonid Bortkevich.

Greece refute IAAF charge

Athens: The Greek athletic federation (Segas) has hit back at claims that some of their athletes have been avoiding making themselves available for doping tests.

The claims were made in Monaco last weekend by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) general secretary Istvan Gyulai.

Segas issued a statement saying Greek athletes have always and will always abide by the IAAF’S regulations on doping.“We were surprised to hear that inspectors had come to Greece three times recently, asked athletes to take tests and found very few athletes abiding. This unbelievable charge comes just days after all our athletes passed doping controls without any problems,” the Segas statement said on Monday.

Lothar severs Bayern ties

Berlin: Former Bayern Munich captain Lothar Matthaeus has broken all ties with the club he led to seven German titles after a row with commercial manager Uli Hoeness.

Lothar who led Bayern to seven German titles, three German Cup triumphs and the 1996 Uefa Cup, said he had sent back his card as honorary member as well as the farewell presents he had received from the club. “I will not let Uli Hoeness insult me in public and I well not let anybody stain my name,” said Matthaeus. Matthaeus was annoyed by comments made by Hoeness, who was in turn upset by remarks Matthaeus made after the Munich club’s embarrassing exit from the European competition.

Sang Lan vaults into new career

Hong Kong: Four years after she was paralysed in an accident on a vault, Chinese gymnast Sang Lan has found a new calling as a television sports talk-show host and has her sights set on covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Sang, confined to a wheelchair has a trouble with her hands — she cannot take notes on her own — but she said she can put her sports expertise to good use as a host on Star TV.

Ljungberg honoured

Stockholm: Arsenal and Sweden midfielder Freddie Ljungberg won the Swedish Golden Ball award for Player of the Year at the Cirkus Hall of Stockholm on Monday.

“It’s a great honour to win the biggest prize in Swedish football, a line of fantastic players have won this award before me,” he said .

Becks backs Eriksson

Manchester: England captain David Beckham insists Sven Goran Eriksson's squad will not be side-tracked by off-field upheavals. The English FA has been rocked by recent developments, including the resignation of chief executive Adam Crozier — a close ally of Eriksson's — and assistant Steve McClaren, who wants to concentrate on managing Middlesbrough.

"Whatever goes on in the FA doesn't affect the players or the management," Beckham told MUTV, Manchester United’ television channel.

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