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■ Hockey
Ballard injures hand

The Phoenix Coyotes will be without defenseman Keith Ballard for at least four weeks due to a fractured right hand, Canadian sports channel TSN reported on Tuesday. Ballard, who suffered the injury in Monday's 5-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, flew back to Phoenix on Tuesday to be examined by club doctors. The 11th overall pick in 2002, Ballard recorded eight goals and 31 assists while playing all 82 games as a rookie with the Coyotes in 2005-06. He had two assists in three games this season.

■ Soccer

Barton fined for mooning

Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton was fined ?2,000 (US$3,700) and given a warning on Tuesday for dropping his shorts in front of rival fans after a Premier League game. Barton had admitted a Football Association charge of improper conduct. Barton, who has a history of disciplinary problems, exposed his backside to Everton's fans after the 1-1 draw on Sept. 30 at Goodison Park. "I have had a fair hearing and would like to thank the FA for that," Barton told Manchester City's Web site.

■ Rugby Union

Cordingley out of tour

Sam Cordingley has withdrawn from next month's Australian rugby union tour to Europe, leaving the Wallabies without their first and second-choice scrumhalves for four test matches. Regular skipper George Gregan has elected not to tour so that he can focus his preparations on next year's World Cup in France. Cordingley, 30, has struggled with a foot injury most of the year and was ruled out of the tour during the preparation camp this week at Coffs Harbor. "It's progressed slowly ... I don't think I could get through the training load, let alone the four tests." Cordingley said in a statement yesterday.

■ Basketball

Pacer hit-and-run man held

Indianapolis police arrested a man on Tuesday who they claim drove a car into Stephen Jackson of the Indiana Pacers during a scuffle outside a strip club, the Indianapolis Star reported. Deon Willford was arrested on charges of criminal recklessness, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license, police told the newspaper. Willford, 23, was being held at the Marion County Jail. Jackson and three Pacers teammates were departing Club Rio early on Friday morning when police say Jackson fired five gunshots from a 9mm handgun after being punched in the face and being struck by a car. Police said Jackson was apparently acting in self-defense, but it will be the decision of prosecutors whether or not Jackson and his teammates.

■ Soccer

FA to file racism complaint

England's Football Association are to contact UEFA after two Under-21 players suffered alleged racist abuse by Germany players in a playoff game, the FA said yesterday. Defender Anton Ferdinand and forward Micah Richards were allegedly abused in Tuesday's European championship playoff in Leverkusen which England won 2-0, British media reported. "Two of our players reported that they received racial abuse from German players," a FA spokesman said. "It's a matter we raised with the UEFA delegate after the game and we will be formally communicating with UEFA in the next couple of days." Underlining the FA's commitment to tackling racism, he added: "If any of our players are subject to racist abuse it's our duty to take that up with the relevant authorities -- and we will do that."

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