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Sports Briefs


Football to hit China

The NFL is negotiating to play its first exhibition game in China next summer. League spokesman Greg Aiello said a decision on the game and the teams to be involved will be made by the end of next month. He said the league was negotiating both with Chinese officials and several teams, including Seattle and New England. The game would be played in the Olympic Stadium in Beijing, which will host the Olympics the following year.

■ Baseball

Ortiz gets heart treatment

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was scheduled to leave the team yesterday and return to Boston to be examined again for an irregular heartbeat.

Big Papi was a late scratch for Boston's game on Monday at Oakland for what was first thought to be the flu. Ortiz, who on Sunday hit his major league-leading 47th home run at Seattle, already spent time in a Boston hospital this month for the condition. He said he thought it was caused by fatigue. "He will get a clean bill of health before he plays again," manager Terry Francona said. "The games are important but we have to do what's right."

■ Basketball

Nowitzki wants contract deal

German star Dirk Nowitzki said on Monday he wants to extend his contract at the Dallas Mavericks until 2011. The 28-year-old, who is spearheading Germany's quest to claim the World Championship title, led Dallas to the NBA finals earlier this year and is a five-time all-star player. "I am banking on signing before the start of the new season," said Nowitzki, who has been at Dallas eight years and whose current deal runs out in 2008.

■ Cycling

Ex-champ Neiwand jailed

Former world champion cyclist Gary Neiwand was sentenced to 18 months in jail yesterday for stalking a former girlfriend. Neiwand, who also won a silver medal in the 1,000m sprint at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, pleaded guilty in Melbourne Magistrate's Court to five charges of stalking, two of theft, three of using a phone in a harassing manner and one of breaching an intervention order.

■ Paralympics

Athlete left legless

An airline has lost disabled New Zealand athlete Kate Horan's artificial leg, just one week before the Paralympics world championship in Amsterdam. Horan, a former world record holder in her section of the women's 100m, was forced to consign her US$6,400 running leg to the baggage because of security restrictions on cabin luggage. The leg did not reach Amsterdam with other bags and the airline was unable to locate it, Horan said. "They said there's 20,000 bags sitting in Heathrow and mine is just one of them." she said. Horan has asked the leg's manufacturers to build another in time for her event. "All the time that I should be training and getting myself ready, I'm going to be spending trying to get a leg that fits," she said.

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