Fri, Sep 09, 2005 - Page 22 News List

Sports Briefs


■ Asian Games
Koreas to field unified team

The two Koreas have agreed in principle to field a unified team at next year's Asian Games. The agreement came during a meeting between the heads of the North and South Olympic organizations in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, the South's Korean Olympic Committee said in a statement yesterday. Further details will be hammered out at working-level talks in the near future. North and South Korea also tentatively agreed to form a unified Korean soccer team to compete in friendly matches against Brazil next spring in Pyongyang and Seoul.

■ Rugby

Blue Bulls player killed

South African police opened a culpable homicide docket on Wednesday following the death of popular Blue Bulls center Ettienne Botha, who was killed in a car accident in the early hours of the morning, a spokesman said. Botha, 26, was killed when his car crashed and overturned on a highway outside his home city Pretoria, police spokesman Lucas Sithole said. "The investigation is still at an early stage but I can confirm that a case of culpable homicide has been opened," Sithole told the SAPA news agency. Meanwhile condolences have been pouring in for Botha, who had 30 Super 12 and 84 provincial caps (44 for the Blue Bulls) and who had scored a total of 390 points in the two competitions. "Ettienne was an outstanding young talent and a very popular young man. He was well liked by friends and opponents alike," SA Rugby chief executive Johan Prinsloo said.

■ Golf

Garcia fined for kicking

World number six Sergio Garcia has been fined by the European Tour following an incident at last week's European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland. The 25-year-old Spaniard, who went on to win the title by a shot, was punished after being reported for kicking an advertising board after he three-putted the 17th during the third round. Although the level of the fine was not disclosed by the European Tour on Wednesday, it is believed to be in the region of US$9,000. It is the second large fine Garcia has received for bad behavior since he turned professional in 1999. He was also penalized after he kicked a buggy and berated a tour official at the 2001 Greg Norman Holden International in Australia. It is Garcia's third misdemeanor on tour. At the 1999 World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, he was reprimanded for throwing a shoe and hitting a tournament official in a fit of pique after he slipped on the tee.

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