Samoan drops complaint
Australian nightclub doorman Allan Teli withdrew a complaint that Springboks captain John Smit used a racist slur against him, according to South Africa Rugby in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday. Teli, a Samoan doorman at a Sydney nightclub, said Smit called him "a black [expletive]" upon being asked to leave on Sunday night. He said Smit was intoxicated. Teli laid a formal complaint with SA Rugby, but the union said he withdrew it in writing. Smit denied the charge, and SA Rugby said it was dropping its investigation. "The past few days was very unpleasant, but I was able to get through it thanks to the wonderful support I received from everyone," Smit said in a SA Rugby statement.
Czechs defeat Fins 2-1
Jiri Burger scored his second goal in a penalty shootout to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 victory over Finland in the Ceska Pojistovna Cup in Liberec, Czech Republic on Thursday. Earlier, Sweden edged Russia 2-1 in St. Petersburg with Mika Hannula netting the game-winner on a rebound with 32 seconds left. Maxim Sushinsky gave Russia a 1-0 lead at 7:52 in the first period. Jonas Nordquist equalized at 8:35 in the second. Russia outshot Sweden 39-28. At Liberec, Jan Marek scored for the Czechs while Tomek Valtonen replied for Finland in the first period. The tournament is the first on the European Hockey Tour -- the unofficial European Championship. Other tournaments this season are in Russia, Finland and Sweden. Russia is the defending champion. The Ceska Cup ends tommorrow. All remaining games will be played at Liberec. The Czechs face Sweden while Finland plays Russia in the next round today.
Argentina leads pack
Charlie Bell scored 20 points and Aaron McGhee added 19 to lead the US to a 91-77 victory over Uruguay in the second round of the Americas World Championship qualifying tournament in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Thursday. The US (4-2) moved into a tie for second among the eight quarterfinalists with Venezuela. Argentina (5-1), which clinched a berth in the world championships next year in Japan by winning the Athens Olympics, is first. The top four teams advance to Japan, and if Argentina is one of them, the fifth-place team qualifies. The US team, comprised of players from European leagues, the CBA and National Basketball Developmental League, finishes the second round against Puerto Rico.
Greece won't appear
Greece pulled out of the baseball World Cup for financial reasons on Thursday and will be replaced by the Czech Republic. Greece withdrew less than a day before the 18-team tournament started because federation president Panos Mitsiopoulos claimed its expenses were not being met. "We have not received any state subsidies in 2005," Mitsiopoulos said.