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Sports Briefs

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■ Soccer
Thatcher fined, banned

Manchester City defender Ben Thatcher was banned for eight matches on Tuesday by England's Football Association. Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes had a seizure after being struck in the head by Thatcher in a 0-0 draw in the English Premier League on Aug. 23. He was taken off on a stretcher and spent the night at a Manchester hospital. Thatcher has already sat out two games in a ban imposed by the club, and will be forced to miss six more games. The Football Association has also given Thatcher a suspended 15-game ban. It would come into effect if Thatcher is cited again for a similar action in the next two years. Thatcher had already been fined ?120,000 (US$225,000) by Man City.

■ Basketball

US women win in Brazil

Sue Bird led all scorers with 20 points and Candace Parker had 12 points and 10 rebounds on Tuesday to lead the two-time defending champion US to a 119-72 victory over China on the opening day of basketball's Women's World Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Cuba downed Taiwan 75-20. Spain opened the tournament with an 87-57 victory over South Korea. In other games, Helen scored with 10 seconds remaining to give Brazil a 71-69 victory over archrival Argentina in Sao Paulo. Lithuania finally made it into Brazil after being help up in French Guyana because of a travel problem, but still had to forfeit its first game -- against Australia -- because it didn't arrive in time.

■ NFL

Green leaves hospital

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green left hospital on Tuesday, three days after he was knocked cold in the Chiefs' 23-19 National Football League loss to Cincinnati. Green, a two-time Pro Bowler, suffered what team officials said was a "very severe concussion" after being hit by defensive end Robert Geathers in the third quarter and will be sidelined indefinitely. But Chiefs coach Herman Edwards said the 36-year-old veteran was keen to return. "If it was up to Trent, knowing the type of guy he is, he'd show up tomorrow and kind of go to meetings and be whispering in my ear and say, `Coach, by Friday, I'll be ready to go,'" Edwards said, but added the Chiefs wouldn't hurry Green's return.

■ Rugby Union

Rogers to switch codes

Wallabies back Mat Rogers will switch codes again and join the National Rugby League's Gold Coast Titans after next year's Rugby World Cup, the team announced yesterday. Rogers, who represented Australia in rugby league before switching to rugby union ahead of the 2003 World Cup, will complete contract obligations to the Australian and New South Wales Rugby Unions before joining the Titans, the team said. He will play in next year's Super 14 competition for the New South Wales Waratahs and be available for the Wallabies at the World Cup in September before joining the Titans.

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