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■ SoccerWild boars attack the pitch

Hertha Berlin's season suffered another setback Wednesday when the Bundesliga team turned up for practice to find out that wild boars had dug up the field, once again. The practice field near Berlin's Olympic stadium has been the target of wild boar attacks before and the club has erected a fence around the ground, but to no avail. The latest visit left the pitch full of craters. The Bundesliga club, considered a possible title contender, has had a poor start in the new season and is still without a win after three rounds.

■ Basketball

Pacers keep Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller signed a new contract with the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, keeping the franchise's all-time leading scorer from leaving the team where he has played his entire NBA career. The Pacers did not release terms of the deal. Miller's salary last season was US$12 million, and he was expected to take a hefty pay cut to keep the Pacers under the luxury tax threshold. The 37-year-old Miller holds the NBA's record for most 3-pointers.

■ Tennis

Roscoe Tanner goes to jail

Former tennis star Roscoe Tanner, now jailed in Florida, was indicted Wednesday on a charge of failing to pay child support. He owed US$82,400 after failing since 2000 to pay the US$310 a week he had been ordered to pay in 1997 by a state Superior Court judge for Somerset County. The money was for his child, identified only as OAR, the county prosecutor's office said. The fourth-degree charge of willful nonsupport carries up to 18 months in prison and a US$10,000 fine. Offenders usually get probation. Tanner was extradited from Germany on Aug. 4 on theft and bad check charges.

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