Wed, Nov 05, 2003 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ SoccerThomas Linke gets banned

Bayern Munich defender Thomas Linke has been banned for four games by the German soccer federation for elbowing Schalke's midfielder Niels Oude Kamphuis in Saturday's 2-0 Bundesliga loss. Linke received a red card for his blow and the federation issued the penalty Monday. The loss dropped Bayern six points behind leader Stuttgart. Line will miss games against Borussia Dortmund, Munich 1860, FC Cologne and Werder Bremen.

■ Auto racing

Brack gets more surgery

Kenny Brack will have a second operation on his back today, which he broke three weeks ago in a horrific crash at Texas Motor Speedway. The former IRL champion and Indianapolis 500 winner is expected to make a full recovery within about six months. "I'm coming along pretty good, considering what we went through in Texas," Brack said Monday from the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. "I'm moving about every day, doing lots of rehab, regaining my strength. It's great to see progress every day." Brack also broke his thigh, breastbone and both ankles when his race car made contact with another car, spun into the air and crashed in a shower during the season-ending race Oct. 12. Tuesday's surgery will involve placement of a bracket on his spine, and probably some bone fusion, to stabilize the back, Dr. Robert Gregori said.

■ Soccer

Jody Morris gets cleared

Jody Morris has been cleared by Leeds United to return to training even though he remains under police investigation in connection with two alleged sexual assaults. Leeds said Monday that the midfielder, who has been suspended or on leave for nearly a month, had fulfilled the terms of unspecified disciplinary measures brought against him by the club. He is to resume training Tuesday. "Disciplinary proceedings against Jody Morris were concluded this morning in accordance with the procedures set out in his contract of employment," a club statement said. "It should be noted that these proceedings did not relate to matters forming the subject of the on-going police investigation." Morris, who moved to Leeds from Chelsea over the summer, was suspended on Oct. 9 by the club for two weeks pending an internal investigation after he was arrested and released on bail without charge in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a 20-year-old woman. On Oct. 22, he was released on bail in connection with a second allegation of sexual assault. Two days later the club announced he was taking a 10-day leave of absence.

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