■ South Asian Games
Four athletes fail drug tests
Four competitors from Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan tested positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs at last month's South Asian Games. The competitors involved were Pakistani boxers Nauman Karim and Mohamed Lassi, Sri Lankan 100m silver medalist Jani Chathurangani Silva and a Nepalese athlete whose name was not released, Sri Lanka's National Olympic Committee president Hemasiri Fernando said yesterday. They all had positive tests for using banned drugs at the conclusion of the eight-nation games held from Aug. 14 to Aug. 29, Fernando said.
Nowitzki guru to face court
The tax evasion case of Dirk Nowitzki's coach and mentor will go to court on Oct. 9, according to the NBA All-Star's hometown newspaper. The Wuerzburg Main Post reported on Thursday that Nowitzki is not expected to appear at the trial of Holger Geschwinder, who works with the Dallas Mavericks player in the offseason. Geschwinder is accused of sharing in the millions that Nowitzki has earned and failing to declare it. He discovered Nowitzki as a teenager and the two have followed a step-by-step plan to turn him into a top player. The 60-year-old German maintains that he isn't paid by his protege.
Spectators hurt at Ryder Cup
Three people were injured in accidents caused by high wind on Thursday, police said. The Garda Siochana, Ireland's national police force, said a tree on the main avenue of The K Club was blown over, injuring a woman. Two men were injured when a temporary wall was knocked down at one of the bus terminals ferrying fans to distant parking lots. Police said none of the people sustained critical injuries. "Immediate action was taken to remove any remaining spectators from the site. The site has been secured and is subject to safety inspections," the Garda Siochana said. The accidents happened about four hours after the Ryder Cup's opening ceremonies.
Russia defeats vaunted US
Russia stunned the two-time defending champion United States 75-68 in the semifinals of the women's world basketball championship on Thursday and will play Australia in the final. The Americans' defeat ended their world championship winning streak, dating to the 1994 bronze-medal game, at 26, and snapped their string of victories in the Olympics and world championships at 51. Australia, bronze medalists in the previous two championships, advanced to its first final by beating host Brazil 88-76. Australia, bronze medalists in the previous two championships, advanced to its first final by beating host Brazil 88-76.
■ Figure Skating
Skaters refuse to drop coach
Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy refused to drop their controversial coach on Thursday despite threats from the German figure skating federation. The federation warned the former European Championship silver medalists that their contracts would be terminated and they would be shut out of international competitions if Ingo Steuer continued as their coach. Steuer was dropped by the Germans because of alleged ties to the secret police in former East Germany. "It is just as hard as it sounds," said the pair's lawyer, Karla Vogt-Roeller. "The athletes won't accept it like that." Steuer caused a flap when he won a court injunction to coach at the Turin Olympics in February.