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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Hockey
Cop shoots India defender

Indian field hockey defender Sandeep Singh was hospitalized with a gunshot wound near his hip yesterday after a security official's revolver went off accidentally on a moving train, police said. Singh, a penalty corner expert and squad member for next month's World Cup in Germany, was taken to hospital after the incident. "He was injured in the back when the revolver of the security official accidentally went off," a police spokesman said. The official was checking over-head baggage in the train when his revolver became entangled with a seat and went off and hit the player, he added.

■ Tennis

Martina nets another title

Martina Navratilova won her 176th WTA doubles title on Monday when she and Nadia Petrova downed Cara Black and Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-1, 6-2 at the Rogers Cup. Navratilova, who turns 50 on Oct. 18, is to retire for a second time after the US Open in New York. It was a fifth doubles win for Navratilova at the Canadian event, each with a different partner. She also won in 1981, 1982, 1985 and 2004, when her partner in Toronto was Groenefeld. Navratilova and Petrova, playing together for the first time, split US$59,000. Navratilova has more than US$21 million in career earnings.

■ Rugby Union

Gregan sets playing target

Australia rugby captain George Gregan hinted yesterday he would finally be ready to hang up his boots if he leads the Wallabies at the World Cup in France next year. "To get through to next year's World Cup, that'll pretty much do me," Gregan told Channel Seven when asked about his remaining goals. Gregan was speaking after a Monday night function honoring his achievements in becoming the most capped player in Test history and Australia's most capped captain. After the function, the 33-year-old Gregan said he still had the desire to lead Australia in his fourth World Cup campaign. "I'm still loving being coached and I'm still being challenged and I do want to be there come next year," he told reporters.

■ Basketball

Randolph in police report

Police said on Monday that Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph was "involved" in a sexual assault report taken last week but is not a suspect. Sergeant Brian Schmautz, spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, said detectives are interviewing potential witnesses to the incident. "The Police Bureau will now confirm that on Aug. 14, an officer took a report of a sexual assault and that the report involved Zach Randolph," Schmautz said in an e-mailed release. "However, the Police Bureau is not identifying Zach Randolph as a suspect in the criminal investigation." Randolph led the Blazers in scoring and rebounding last season, with 18 points and eight rebounds per game, as the team finished with the worst record in the NBA at 21-61.

■ Italy
Boumsong may sign for Juve

Fallen giants Juventus, who were demoted from Serie A to Italy's second division for match-fixing, are close to signing French defender Jean-Alain Boumsong from English Premiership outfit Newcastle United, according to Italian news agency ANSA on Monday. ANSA said Boumsong's agent is in Turin trying to finalize the deal for the 26-year-old France international. Boumsong, who cost Newcastle ?8.5 million (US$16 million) when they bought him from Scottish side Rangers in January last year, has been unable to command a regular place in the team.

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