Alfonso Soriano ties record
New York Yankees second baseman Alfonso Soriano tied a Major League Baseball record by hitting his 12th leadoff home run of the season Friday. Soriano hit the third pitch of the game from Tampa Bay right-hander Doug Waechter, tying him with Brady Anderson, who set the single-season mark with Baltimore in 1996. It was the 20th leadoff homer of Soriano's career and extended New York's MLB record for leadoff homers in a season to 14. Soriano has 33 homers this year.
Georgia team low on funds
Georgia might withdraw from next month's Rugby World Cup because of financial problems, national union president Bidzina Gegidze said Friday. "I cannot say firmly that our teams will be able to participate in the World Cup finals," Gegidze said on Rustavi-2 television. He said the players, training in France, "may be ejected from their hotel on Monday because of a lack of funds." Gegidze said cash-strapped Georgia President Eduard Shevardnadze and other government officials have signed resolutions to provide funds, "but these orders remain on paper." He said it would be a "blow to the country's prestige" if the squad misses the World Cup in Australia.
Greeks face fan violence
Greek first division clubs AEK Athens and Iraklis Thessaloniki were ordered to each play a league game before empty seats as punishment for fan violence, a sports disciplinary committee said Friday. Five fans and three policemen were slightly injured after the violence broke out between supporters of the two teams at a league game Sunday which ended 2-2. Rival supporters ripped up plastic chairs and threw them at each other at Iraklis' Nea Efkarpia Stadium. The disciplinary committee also imposed fines of 0) on Iraklis and 5,600) on AEK. After three rounds, AEK is second with seven points in the 16-team first division standings. Iraklis is fifth with five points.
Shelford has heart failure
Former New Zealand test prop Adrian Shelford died in England on Friday aged 39, the New Zealand Rugby League said Saturday. Shelford, who played eight tests for New Zealand between 1985 and 1989, suffered a heart attack, the league said. He made his test debut against Papua New Guinea in 1986 and played his last test against Britain in 1989. He also played in the World Cup in 1988 and toured Britain and France in 1985 and 1989, although he did not play in any tests during the 1985 tour. He also toured Australia and Papua New Guinea in 1986 and 1987. New Zealand Rugby League chairman Sel Pearson said Shelford was a hard and uncompromising player. "He was a tough man but not a dirty player. He just went out there and played hard and a real nice guy off the field," Pearson said.
Dodgers fan shot to death
A Los Angeles Dodgers fan was shot and killed by a San Francisco Giants fan following a dispute in the parking lot after Friday night's game, police said. "Apparently we have multiple suspects who are Giants fans who got into an argument with a Dodger fan," police spokeswoman Adriana Sanchez said. "One of the suspects shot the Dodger fan and then fled the location." The victim, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Sanchez said.