Sun, Sep 18, 2005 - Page 22 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Cycling
Haussler takes Stage 19

Heinrich Haussler of Germany won a late sprint to take the 19th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday, while defending champion Roberto Heras retained his overall lead. Haussler, of the Gerolsteiner team, crossed the line in 3 hours, 20 minutes, 26 seconds leading a tight three-man pack with Martin Elmiger of Switzerland second and Spain's David Latasa third. Both were awarded the same time as Haussler. "It's my first professional win and it's very important for me and for my team," said the 21-year-old Haussler. "It justified their presence at the Vuelta, despite not coming here with their best riders after the Tour de France."

■ Soccer

Robin van Persie banned

Arsenal forward Robin van Persie has been banned for one match after his high kick hit Alen Orman in the face during his team's Champions League match against Swiss side Thun. UEFA's ruling on Friday means Van Persie will miss Arsenal's next Champions League match, away to Ajax on Sept. 27. Van Persie received a red card from Polish referee Grzegorz Gilewski after catching Orman in the face with his raised foot shortly before halftime of Wednesday's group-stage fixture in at Highbury. The forward lifted his boot high to try and control the ball and caught Orman in the face, opening an ugly gash that required eight stitches. The Gunners won 2-1. Although Arsenal argued that Van Persie had unintentionally hit Orman in the face, soccer's European governing body deemed that even if the player had not intended to harm his opponent, "the reckless element involved in the challenge was punishable under UEFA disciplinary law." UEFA said the decision was not subject to appeal.

■ Hockey

John J. McMullen dies

John J. McMullen, former owner of NHL team the New Jersey Devils and the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball, died in Montclair, New Jersey on Friday at 87. The cause of death was not released by the Devils. McMullen was credited with bringing NHL hockey to New Jersey, acquiring the Colorado franchise in 1982 and moving it to the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Under his ownership, the team won two Stanley Cups. He sold the franchise in 2000 to an affiliate of the YankeeNets sports holding company for US$175 million. McMullen owned the Astros from 1979-1992. He then sold the team to Drayton McLane Jr. for US$115 million. Born in Jersey City, McMullen graduated from the Naval Academy in 1940 and rose to the rank of commander during a 15-year naval career. He earned a master's degree in naval architecture and engineering from MIT and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

■ Football

NFL suspends Bucs back

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie fullback Rick Razzano was suspended for four games by the NFL on Friday for violating the league's policy on anabolic steroids. Razzano said through the team that he tested positive for a substance he used in training before joining the Buccaneers. He did not identify the substance. Razzano, a third-stringer who plays behind Mike Alstott and Jameel Cook, was inactive for last Sunday's season opener at Minnesota. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on Oct. 10, a day after Tampa Bay plays the New York Jets.

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