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Athletics

Philippine official shot

Two motorcycle-riding gunmen ambushed and seriously wounded a controversial Philippine sports association head as he was en route to his office early Tuesday, officials and witnesses said. Kok Go-teng, president of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association, was undergoing emergency surgery for two gunshot wounds to his jaw, Philippine Olympic Committee chairman Eric Buhain said. Taxi driver Armando Bayoneto said he was about 15m away when he saw one of two men on a motorcycle get into the front passenger seat of Go's van. "Then I heard three gunshots," Bayoneto told Manila radio station DZBB. Go, a powerful member of the Philippine Olympic Committee, was earlier linked to a convicted drug pusher and figured in publicized feuds with other sports officials.

Soccer

Israeli chairman quits

Israel soccer chairman Gavri Levi has fulfilled his yearlong threats to quit because he isn't paid, announcing Monday he'll step down on Aug. 3. Levi, the Israel Football Association boss for eight years, said a new chairman will be appointed Aug. 4. The dance company producer will remain a member of the IFA secretariat and executive committee. "Gavri Levi explained his decision to step down as the role of the IFA's chairman is time consuming and he should make way for a job with a source of income," said an IFA statement.

Football

Keith Davis gets shot

Dallas Cowboys defensive back Keith Davis and a security guard at a topless club were hospitalized after receiving gunshot wounds. Davis, 24, was shot Sunday in the right hip and left hand about 2:20am local time outside the Dallas Gentlemen's Club, authorities said Monday. Club security guard Jacquois Thompson, 29, was shot in the left hip and right arm. Davis was fine following treatment at Parkland Hospital, agent Byron Boston told the Dallas Morning News after visiting his client Monday. The player told The Huntsville Item when reached by cellphone that he might be released from the hospital Tuesday. "I'm fine. My hip is fine," Davis told the newspaper. "I'm walking around on it and just need to work it out. As far as my arm goes, I need to keep moving it around. I am having a hard time moving some fingers but I will be fine." Davis said he expects to be ready for training camp later this month.

Olympics

Athens considers service

Greece's powerful Orthodox Church on Monday accused city authorities of seeking to increase the number of prostitution licenses in Athens before the 2004 Games. The Holy Synod of Church elders expressed "surprise and dismay" over last month's city council petition urging the government to re-examine prostitution regulations in the Greek capital. "This decision is degrading the face of mankind and does not honor the nation's premier municipality, especially at a time when we will be trying to promote our culture," a statement from the Holy Synod said. Greece has a small and tightly controlled legal prostitution industry and a much larger illegal one, maintained mainly through illegal immigrants from eastern Europe. The council on Monday said the church had been "misinformed." A statement said the council had asked the government to "clarify operating rules" for brothels in an effort to curb the illegal sex trade.

Agencies

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