Mon, Nov 06, 2006 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

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■ Soccer
Former player kills self

Former FC Barcelona player Sergi Lopez Segu died on Saturday after throwing himself under a train, Spanish national radio reported. He was 39. Lopez Segu, who played 19 first-division games for the club in the late 1987-1990 and represented Mallorca and Zaragoza, was said to have taken his life in his home town of Granollers, close to Barcelona. The former player, the brother of AS Monaco midfielder Gerard Lopez Segu, reportedly suffered from personal problems. No details were given. Lopez Segu's death was the second tragic incident to have affected Barcelona in the past two days. On Friday, the father of team captain Carles Puyol was killed in an accident at work.

■ Soccer

Bogdani's brace seals draw

Albanian Erion Bogdani notched a brace on Saturday afternoon, helping Siena clinch a last-gasp 2-2 draw against struggling Parma. The Tuscany hosts, who received a one-point penalty for a late tax payment, rose on to 16 points from 10 games and lie fourth behind Roma and joint leaders Inter Milan and Palermo, while Parma remain low in the standings on eight points. Parma's inspired play maker Domenico Morfeo opened the scoring on 35 minutes, firing under the bar from close range after controlling with his chest a loose ball off a corner kick.

■ rugby union

Umaga scores again

Former All Black captain Tana Umaga went some way further to justifying his enormous salary at French second division rugby club Toulon, scoring the match-winning try against Dax on Saturday. With Dax leading 16-15 with 10 minutes to play, Umaga powered over for a try to delight the 12,000-strong home crowd. The 33-year-old center, who is reported to be earning 300,000 euros (US$381,648) while he takes a temporary leave of absence from the game back in New Zealand, also scored Toulon's only try in his winning debut last week. The result saw Toulon rise into fourth position in the highly competitive league on 24 points, two behind Dax, but still 10 and 11 points adrift of Auch and leaders Beziers respectively.

■ Tennis

Bartoli, Poutchkova in final

Second-seeded Marion Bartoli of France and eighth-seeded Olga Poutchkova of Russia will meet in the Bell Challenge final after rallying from a set down in their semi-finals on Saturday. Bartoli defeated Lilia Osterloh of the US 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 and has a chance to end her year as she started it -- with a title. She won in Auckland, New Zealand, in the first week of the year, and won her second career title in Tokyo last month to break into the top 20 rankings. In the other semi-final, Poutchkova beat fourth-seeded Severine Bremond of France 2-6, 6-0, 7-5 to reach her second final in two months. The Russian teenager was finishing her year on a high with her 15th win in her last 19 matches.

■ Athletics
Hurdler stalker detained

A Swedish court on Saturday detained a man accused of stalking European 100m hurdles champion Susanna Kallur. The 26-year-old Frenchman, who reportedly lives near Lyon, is suspected of assaulting a doorman at a local indoor hall where Kallur practiced last week. During interrogation with police, the man said he is in love with the Swedish athletics star. He spent three weeks in Sweden trying to get in touch with Kallur. "She has never met this man; we have managed to keep him away from her," said her father Anders Kallur, a former Stanley Cup champion with the New York Islanders. The suspect must be charged or released by Nov. 11.

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