■ SoccerFA fines Kevin Keegan
Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan got a £8,500 (US$15,700) fine on Friday, courtesy of the Football Association for verbally abusing a referee. Keegan admitted to the charge of using "abusive and insulting words or behavior" toward referee Steve Dunn on Oct. 24 after City's 4-3 defeat to Newcastle at St. James' Park. Keegan apologized in writing to Dunn. The FA said it took into account his previous disciplinary record when decide the fine.
Abelyan KOs Honorio
William Abelyan knocked out Mexico's Martin Honorio in the fourth round of their featherweight bout Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Armenian-born Abelyan ended the fight at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino with one punch, a jarring left to the head that send Honorio backpedaling in the ring and down to the canvas with one minute left in the round. The left-handed Abelyan is now 24-5-1 with 13 KOs. Honorio is 18-3 with 12 KOs.
■ Boat racing
Racer dies in accident
A competitor in a speedboat race died Saturday in Brisbane, Australia when his boat flipped in the water during the Bundy Thunder event, police said. The man, aged in his 40s, was competing on the Burnett River at Bundaberg, 300km north of the Queensland state capital Brisbane. He was taken to a local hospital after the accident but died a short time later.
Robert Esche apologizes
Philadelphia goaltender Robert Esche apologized to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for calling him a "madman," Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said. Clarke was embarrassed when Esche ripped the commissioner after attending an NHL Players' Association meeting in Toronto. Clarke said on Thursday he believed that Esche was frustrated after attending the meeting, during which it was clear no progress was being made in the NHL lockout.
Jim McLarnin dies at 96
Two-time welterweight champion Jimmy McLarnin died on Friday. He was 96. McLarnin, a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame, died at an assisted living home in Richmond, Washington. The Irish-born McLarnin, 62-11-3 with 20 knockouts in his career, stopped Young Corbett III in the first round of a May 29, 1933, fight to claim the world welterweight title. McLarnin lost the belt to Barney Ross on May 28, 1934, won it back on Sept. 17, and lost it for good on May 28, 1935.
■ Auto racing
Board files crash report
The Hendrick Motorsports plane which crashed on Oct. 24 and killed all 10 aboard missed the approach to the airport, according to a preliminary report. The National Transportation Safety Board said the proper procedure after a missed approach at Blue Ridge Regional Airport in Spencer, Virginia called for the aircraft to turn right and climb to 780m. Instead, the report said, the Beech 200 King Air actually descended before crashing into the southeast slope of Bull Mountain at an altitude of 735m.