Mon, Oct 30, 2006 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Golf
Netherlands take the lead

Will Besseling shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to help the Netherlands take a two-stroke lead over the US, Canada and Wales after the third round of the World Amateur Team Championship in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Joost Luiten added a 70 to give the Netherlands a 15-under 417 total. Tim Sluiter shot a 75, with only the top two scores counting in the team total. Chris Kirk and Trip Kuehne had 70s for the US, the three-time defending Eisenhower Trophy champion and 13-time winner overall. Jonathan Moore shot a 72.

■ Motorsport

Race driver shot dead

An amateur race car driver was shot dead at a track near the Colombian capital on Saturday minutes before taking his position at the starting line, the police said. Witnesses said German Neira's assailant entered the pits at a race track in Tocancipa, north of Bogota, and using a firearm equipped with a silencer shot Neira four times, in the head and back. The victim died shortly after being taken to a hospital, said Colonel Cesar Rojas, the local head of police. Police chased and captured the alleged assassin and an accomplice, both minors, but other men waiting for the two in a motorcycle and car escaped. "The assailant tried to escape through the back entrance of the race track, but an alarm call was immediately sounded and the police were able to detain him," Fernando Escobar, the manager of the track, told reporters.

■ Rugby Union

Umaga to retire next year

Former New Zealand captain Tana Umaga was to make his club debut for second division Toulon against Lyon yesterday. He is reported to be pocketing around 300,000 euros (US$382,374) for playing for Toulon until January, when he is to return home to play for the Wellington Hurricanes in the Super-14 tournament. Umaga, who was declared an honorary citizen and received a medal of honor on his arrival, said that he would play one more season in the Super 14 and then retire completely from rugby. "I'm very privileged and honored to be here, and a little bit embarrassed to be given this medal," Umaga said

■ Soccer

Matches rocked by violence

More violence accompanied German soccer matches over the weekend, with police on Saturday releasing injury and arrest totals from two separate incidents the previous day. Twenty-three police officers were injured, four of them requiring hospitalization, after they clashed with hundreds of Dresden fans at Friday's regional league game at Hertha Berlin II. Injuries ranged from bruised ribs, ankle and wrist injuries to suspected bone splinters. Reports said 15 fans were injured. In Augsburg, 56 fans were hospitalized on Friday after police also used pepper spray to halt rampaging 1860 Munich supporters at a second-division game against FC Augsburg. Augsburg police reported 21 arrests, while Berlin police said 22 Dresden fans were taken into custody.

■ Basketball
Celtics' Red Auerbach dies

Red Auerbach, who coached the Boston Celtics to nine NBA championships in the 1950s and 1960s, died on Saturday. He was 89. Auerbach won 938 games with the Celtics and was the coach with the most wins in NBA history until Lenny Wilkens overtook him in the 1994-1995 season. As general manager, the straight-talking Auerbach was also the architect of Celtics teams that won seven more titles in the 1970s and 1980s. He died of a heart attack, an NBA official said.

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