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■ Swimming
`Tarzan' Jr fights for medals

The son of Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller is trying to get his father's medals and other mementos from the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Johnny Weissmuller Jr, 65, told the Miami Herald that his father's will stated he should have possession of the items. They include five gold medals, one bronze medal, several photographs, the athlete's swimsuit from the 1928 Olympics and a loin cloth from Weissmuller's days as Tarzan in the movies. Weissmuller Jr's wife said they feel the items are not secure at the Hall of Fame. "There have been just too many shenanigans at the Hall of Fame," Diane Weissmuller said. "One serious hurricane and everything Johnny Weissmuller earned could be wiped out," she said. The athlete's medals and other swimming memorabilia were stolen from the Hall of Fame in 2004. They were returned last September. A former maintenance worker has been charged with stealing the items, valued at nearly US$500,000.

■ Football

Eagles sign Olympic skier

The Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday signed two-time American Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom to a four-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed. A wide receiver and kick returner, Bloom was selected in the fifth round of this year's draft by the Eagles. Bloom's college career at Colorado was put on hold in 2004 when the NCAA ruled that because he accepted endorsements as a skier he was ineligible to play college football. A speedy but undersized player, Bloom had five touchdowns of 75 yards or more in two seasons at Colorado. After finishing in sixth place in the Turin Winter Olympics, Bloom ran a 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds at the NFL scouting combine.

■ Tennis

Serena to return next week

Serena Williams will play her first match in six months when she returns to the tour at the Cincinnati hard-court tournament next week. She missed the French Open and Wimbledon because of a chronic left knee injury that's prevented her from playing anywhere since a third-round loss at the Australian Open in January. She's played a total of four matches over the past 10 months, going 2-2. Once ranked No. 1 and the winner of seven Grand Slam titles, Williams is No. 140 in this week's rankings.

■ Horse Racing

Fallon loses appeal

Champion jockey Kieren Fallon will not be allowed to race in Britain after he lost his appeal to the Horseracing Regulatory Authority yesterday. Ireland's Fallon, one of horse racing's most successful jockeys, was among 11 people charged by police in "Operation Crypton," Britain's biggest race-fixing investigation. They are accused of conspiring to defraud customers of an online betting exchange. "I am deeply disappointed by the refusal of the HRA to overturn my suspension from riding in the UK," Fallon said in a statement.

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