Sun, Sep 24, 2006 - Page 23 News List

Sports Briefs

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■ Soccer

Mexico mulling cup bid

Mexico was considering bidding for the 2014 World Cup, the new leader of the Mexican soccer federation said in an interview published on Friday. Justino Compean told El Universal newspaper that Mexico could also host in 2010 if South Africa can't resolve its infrastructure worries. The 2014 Cup is slated for South America, and Brazil is favored. But Compeon isn't ruling out a bid for its third tournament. "The World Cup would undoubtedly be the icing on the cake," Compean said. "We would like to host a tournament during our administration," which ends in 2010. Mexico hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986.

■ Champ Car

Da Matta flies home

Injured Champ Car World Series driver Cristiano da Matta flew home to Miami on Friday as he continues to recover from a head injury sustained in an accident last month. The 32-year-old has been recovering at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisconsin since the Aug. 3 accident when his car collided with a deer that wandered onto the track during a test session at Road America. He flew with family members to Miami, where he is expected to remain for seven to 10 days, Champ Car spokesman Steve Shunck said. After that, he may return to his home country of Brazil to continue his recovery.

■ Basketball

Wagner joins Warriors

The Golden State Warriors on Friday signed the oft-injured guard Dajuan Wagner, who has not played in the NBA since last year. Selected sixth overall by Cleveland in 2002, Wagner has battled a variety of injuries throughout his career. He played in just 73 of a possible 164 games in his first two seasons before being limited to 11 contests in the 2004-2005 season, when he was diagnosed with colitis, an inflammation of the colon. Wagner had his colon removed last October and he lost 13.6kg. In Golden State, he joins a backcourt that includes Baron Davis and Jason Richardson. Still just 23 years old, Wagner averaged 13.4 points during his rookie campaign.

■ Cycling

UCI wants DNA profiling

Cycling's world ruling body is hoping it can oblige riders to submit DNA samples and undergo physiological profiling in a bid to stamp out doping, the Union Cycliste International (UCI) announced on Friday. After a summer of serious doping allegations and affairs which are still ongoing, the UCI is desperate to stamp cheating out of the sport. After a series of meetings on Friday between the body which distributes team licenses for the Pro Tour and the racing series' legal advisers, the UCI's Pro Tour council announced that DNA profiling and physiological profiling of riders would be one of the measures they are hoping to introduce.

■ Hockey

Senators' Corvo breaks foot

Joe Corvo, who inked a rich free-agent contract with the Ottawa Senators over the summer, suffered a broken right foot in the Senators' 4-3 National Hockey League preseason loss to Buffalo. With the contest tied at 3-3, Corvo attempted to block a slap shot by Ales Kotalik with 4:28 to go in the third period. The puck hit Corvo in the foot, and the 29-year-old defenseman went directly to the locker room. He will be out indefinitely. After recording career highs of 14 goals and 40 points with Los Angeles last season, Corvo left the Kings to sign a four-year, US$10.5 million deal with the Senators on July 1.

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