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Arvesen wins in Italy

Norway's Kurt Asle Arvesen won a three-way sprint Tuesday to take the 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia while third-place Gilberto Simoni snatched the pink jersey from Stefano Garzelli, edging the fellow-Italian by just two seconds in the overall standings. Simoni, of the Saeco team, preceded Garzelli by 25 seconds at the finish line and added an eight-second bonus from third place. Simoni, a Giro winner in 2001 and a top favorite for this year's title, had started Tuesday's stage with a gap of 31 seconds from Garzelli. Arvesen, of Team Fakta, outsprinted Italy's Paolo Tiralongo and Simoni at the finish line following a tough, hilly 202km course from Montecatini Terme to Faenza, in central Italy.

Horse racing

Dope linked to shampoo

A top Hong Kong horse trainer ridiculed a doping charge against him after officials found a banned substance in a shampoo handed out freely by track veterinarians, a newspaper reported yesterday. Trainer Ivan Allan attacked The Hong Kong Jockey Club's chief veterinary surgeon, Dr. Keith Watkins, for saying a horse tested positive for the diuretic Isosorbide and saying that the drug could not have come from anything used by club vets, the South China Morning Post reported. The horse, Cheers Hong Kong, was scratched from a race Feb. 23 as a result, but Allan complained that the diuretic is contained in a skin-rash shampoo for horses, called Imaverol, handed out by Watkins' department, the newspaper said. "Sadly, his expertise did not know that the diuretic was spelt ... S-H-A-M-P-O-O and freely administered by his department," Allan was quoted as saying.


Williams asks for police files

Jayson Williams' lawyers have requested personnel files on dozens of New Jersey state troopers, saying examples of racial profiling or bias would be relevant at the former NBA star's manslaughter trial. In court documents filed Tuesday, the defense also asked a judge to dismiss charges against Williams or, failing that, move his trial out of Hunterdon County because of an "avalanche of publicity." The filings include a request for records on the type of shotgun involved in the shooting death of limousine driver Costas Christofi on Feb. 14 last year, as well as an attempt to throw out testimony from a prosecution witness on Williams' blood-alcohol content at the time of the shooting. Williams, 35, is accused of recklessly handling the shotgun that killed Christofi. He could face nearly 55 years in prison if convicted on all charges, the most serious of which is aggravated manslaughter.


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