Three-match ban on Dugarry
London: Birmingham City’s former French international striker Christophe Dugarry has been banned for three matches by the FA after being found guilty of misconduct.
Dugarry’s elbow caught Blackburn Rovers defender Craig Short during an English premier league tie last month. Birmingham’s website said the ban starts immediately and he will miss the league games against Chelsea and Newcastle United along with the FA Cup fourth round tie against Wimbledon. Short suffered a broken nose in the incident, which was not seen by referee Graham Barber. The FA later requested a video of the incident and Dugarry was charged with misconduct.
Edmundo joins Fluminense
Rio de Janeiro: Explosive former Brazil striker Edmundo has joined Fluminense, the Rio de Janeiro club said Tuesday. The move will reunite the 32-year-old, whose misdemeanours range from racially insulting a linesman to feeding beer to a chimpanzee at a children’s party, with striker Romario for the first time since their infamous feud at Vasco da Gama four years ago. During that period, the pair swapped insults in the media, argued over who should take penalties and refused to celebrate goals together. They had fallen out after Romario, who owned a theme bar called Cafe do Gol at the time, decorated one of the toilet doors with a caricature of Edmundo sitting on a deflated ball alongside his former girlfriend. But on Tuesday, Romario, who will be 38 this month, promised that the two had buried the hatchet.
United duo in accident
London: Manchester United have called off a reserve team match against Birmingham City after two youth-team players were involved in a road accident, the Premier League club said on its website. United have not named the players but issued a statement following the accident close to their training ground in Carrington, a few miles west of Manchester.
“One player is currently undergoing investigations in the emergency department and his condition is described as stable,” the statement said. “Another player was not seriously injured and did not require hospital treatment and is now recovering at home.” United reserve team player Jimmy Davis was killed in a road accident last August.
US sprinter stripped of gold
Colorado Springs: US sprinter Mickey Grimes was stripped of his Pan American Games 100 metres gold medal on Tuesday, when the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) confirmed he had failed a drugs test.
Grimes tested positive for the stimulant ephedrine, a prohibited substance under the rules of the IAAF, at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo in August and was disqualified from the event. The 27-year-old sprinter was given a public warning and disqualified from his first-place finish in the 100 metres.
Ali ‘shorts’ stolen
Southampton: Police are hunting for thieves who stole a pair of boxing shorts signed by Muhammad Ali from a gallery. Also missing is a case of four photographs including one of the former world heavyweight champion signing the shorts.
The theft happened at the autograph gallery in Southampton over the weekend, police said. It seemed they were stolen to order because the thieves ignored other items in the window.
Kim in hospital
Seoul: South Korean prosecutors put plans to arrest Kim un-Yong, the International Olympic Committee vice president accused of corruption, on hold on Wednesday after he was admitted to hospital, reports said.
Kim, 72, accused of receiving bribes and embezzling funds intended from an international sports federation, collapsed late Tuesday and was put under intensive care at a local hospital, his aide Shin Dong-soo said.
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