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■ SoccerAdams refuses to go

Micky Adams said yesterday he will stay on as manager of Leicester City despite his overall responsibility for the three players jailed on sex charges in Spain. Weekend newspaper reports said Adams was under pressure to quit after captain Paul Dickov, Keith Gillespie and Frank Sinclair were charged with sexual assault on Friday. "Firstly, I would like to make it clear that I am continuing as manager of Leicester City," Adams said in a statement. "It would be true to say I have thought long and hard about my own situation as a result of recent events. However, I am determined to see the job through and do my very best for the club." The alleged attack occurred while Leicester was on a training camp near Carategna, Spain. Adams returned to Leicester late Friday. "Without wishing to prejudge the criminal investigations and our own club investigation, I am deeply concerned about the actions of a minority of my players," Adams said.

■ Soccer

Explosion kills fan

A Salvadoran soccer fan died and at least 20 others were injured on Sunday after an explosion on the terraces apparently caused by supporters mishandling chemicals used to create smoke, emergency workers said. The first division match between Alianza and San Salvador was scrapped after the blast at the Jorge Gonzalez stadium in the capital. The game had not started when the explosion happened. The dead man was named as Jesus Montano, 24, who was a member of the "Loyal White" group of Alianza supporters who often let off smoke and fireworks during matches. Police and Red Cross workers said fans had been handling the chemical chlorate when the blast happened.

■ Soccer

Brawl halts match

A soccer match between Hong Kong's Buler Rangers and the Chinese club Nancheng Real Estate was abandoned on Sunday following a brawl between the players in southern China, officials said. The two teams were playing in a Hong Kong First Division match in the nearby Chinese city of Dongguan when the violence flared after Rangers' Nigerian striker Cornelius Udebuluzor was fouled by a Nancheng defender in the 31st minute, Rangers officials said. Rangers was leading 1-0 at the time. Rangers' midfielder Chan Yiu-lun suffered a deep cut above his eye and bruises, while three other teammates had only minor injuries. "We have four players injured with Chan suffering the worst injury after being punched and kicked by the Nancheng players," Rangers' team manager Philip Lee said.

■ Horse racing

Gambler scores big

An international bettor who gambled 1 million Australian dollars (US$760,000) recouped his stake and more than half that again Monday when Lonhro won its final Melbourne race in the 2,000m Australian Cup at Flemington. Sportingbet gaming officials confirmed last week they had taken the A$1 million bet at A$1.55, meaning the stallion's win yesterday gave the gambler a total collect of A$1.55 million (US$1.17 million). It was believed to be the largest single bet placed on a horse in the past 20 years in Australia, Sportingbet officials said. The gambler was not identified. Lonhro, which edged to victory Monday in the closing meters of the race, won its 25th race in 33 starts. It has collected more than US$3.8 million in career prize money. Lonhro will continue racing in Sydney before being retired to stud to join his father Octagonal, winner of the 1997 Australian Cup, in late April.

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