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Sports Briefs

■ Football

Bruschi suffers stroke

New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi suffered a mild stroke, but is walking, talking and in good spirits, the team said. Bruschi, 31, experienced temporary numbness, blurred vision and headaches Wednesday night and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. "It has been determined that these symptoms were the results of a mild stroke," team spokesman Stacey James said. "Tedy is in good condition and, as always, his spirits are high. He is walking and talking normally and stressed that he would like to thank everyone for keeping him and his family in their thoughts and prayers." The Boston Globe, citing an unidentified team source, reported on its Web site Thursday that Bruschi had a broken blood vessel in his head and suffered from partial paralysis that has since gone away.

■ Hockey

Court acquits Bob Probert

Former NHL player Bob Probert was acquitted of all charges stemming from a fight with police officers last year that led to him being shocked with stun guns. The 39-year-old Probert was found not guilty Thursday of three felony charges -- battery on a police officer, resisting an officer with violence and threatening an officer. He also was acquitted of a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. Probert was arrested last June on Delray Beach street in West Palm Beach, Florida. After a struggle, three officers finally handcuffed Probert after one of them hit him once with a Taser gun, followed by two more shots from a "touch stun" gun. Probert's attorney, Michael O'Rourke, said he thought the jurors believed the use of the stun guns was unnecessary.

■ Sailing

Sausalito offers `deal'

Hey, sailor, got an extra US$13 million or so burning a hole in your pocket and want to be in the America's Cup? Sausalito Challenge, based across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, is offering one of its 17 crew positions to the most qualified person willing to pay a "participation fee" of at least 10 million euros. Sausalito Challenge has received a handful of inquiries about the "celebrity crew" position, as indicated on their site at www.sausalitochallenge2007.com.

■ Golf

Asian Tour on the rise

Indian sporting legend Kapil Dev, who became an ardent golf supporter after retiring from cricket, says increasing corporate support in the booming economies of China and India will make the Asian Tour a major player in world golf. Dev, a prolific all-rounder who captained India to its first cricket World Cup victory in 1983, recently joined the board of the Asian Tour which. "There is a lot of corporate interest in Asia and we have to make sure that corporate golf can complement the Asian Tour," Dev was quoted in an Asian Tour statement Friday, released during the ongoing Malaysian Open. "This is the place. The economy of the world is dependent on this part of the world, which is very important," he said. "The way China and India are growing economically, it is up to us to get big companies to be involved." Last season the Asian Tour staged and sanctioned 22 tournaments, offering a record total prize purse of US$12.3 million (9.5 million euros).

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