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Sports Briefs


■ Athletics
Fans protest Israel

More than 1,000 protesters burned an Israeli flag outside the stadium where Israeli athletes competed on Monday at the European Athletics Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden. The protesters waved Lebanese flags and demanded an end to the fighting between Israeli forces and the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon. The group also called for a political, trade and sports boycott of Israel and said its athletes should not be allowed to compete in European competitions.

■ Baseball

Matsui up for examination

New York Yankees left fielder Hideki Matsui will have his injured left wrist re-examined on Friday, at which time he could be cleared to intensify his workouts. Matsui is currently hitting off a tee with a mini-bat, one-handed with his right arm. The Japanese star is also throwing in the outfield, but is having a second person catch the return throws for him. Matsui will be examined in Tampa, Florida, where he is recovering from the broken wrist he suffered while diving for a fly ball against Boston on May 11. "I'm really not frustrated or tired of the situation," Matsui said on Monday through a translator.

■ Soccer

Reggina to face fixing probe

Italian Serie A side Reggina have been ordered to appear before a sports tribunal to answer allegations of match-fixing in the latest twist to the scandal that has rocked Italian soccer, it was reported on Monday. Reggina's case has been referred to legal authorities after the club were placed under investigation at the request of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) last month, ANSA news agency reported. The club's 56-year-old president Lillo Foti, three referees, two assistant referees and another official have been targeted by prosecutors. According to magistrates, these people tried to predetermine the result of six matches involving first division club Reggina last season.

■ Athletics

Kenyan duo falsified age

A Kenyan police officer allegedly helped two runners lower their ages so they could take part in the World Junior Championships, the country's sports minister said on Monday. "We must stop this age cheating habit once and for all," Maina Kamanda said. Emmanuel Chamer had a passport that said he was born in 1988 but he was actually born in 1984, Kamanda said, making him too old to compete at the Aug. 15-20 championships in Beijing. Chamer admitted getting the passport with the help of police inspector Silas Ruto, the minister said. Thomas Loriongosiwa was also detained last week by authorities. Loriongosiwa was born in 1982 -- not 1988 -- which would have qualified him to run, Kamanda said last week. Loriongosiwa was arrested Friday and charged. He is out on bail and his case will be heard on Oct. 25.

Rangers hook Hossa

The New York Rangers and Slovakian forward Marcel Hossa agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth US$600,000 on Monday. The 24-year-old left winger posted career highs with 10 goals, 16 points and 64 games played in the last NHL season, his first with New York. Hossa, who represented Slovakia at this year's Turin Olympics, also had a goal,and three assists in seven games at the ice hockey world championships. During the 2004-2005 NHL lockout, Hossa skated in 48 games with Mora IK of the Swedish Elite League and had 18 goals and six assists. He tied his brother, Marian of the Atlanta Thrashers, for second on the team in goals. He was acquired by New York on Sept. 30 last year, for forward Garth Murray.

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