Fri, Dec 08, 2006 - Page 21 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Swimming
Kevin Berry dies

Kevin Berry, who won a swimming gold for Australia at the 1964 Olympics and set 10 world records during his career, died yesterday at the age of 61 after a fall in a nursing home, Swimming Australia said in a statement. Berry's gold at Tokyo came in the 200m butterfly and followed his three gold medals at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia. Barry, who had become ill in recent years with an undisclosed illness, was picture editor of the Sydney Morning Herald after he retired from swimming and later became head of Australian Broadcasting Corp sport. Glenn Tasker, the head of Swimming Australia, said the Australian swimming community was shocked by Berry's death.

■ Boxing

Scott Harrison vacates title

Scott Harrison pulled out of his WBO featherweight defense and vacated his title on Wednesday, his trainer and father told Britain's Press Association. Harrison was scheduled to fight Nicky Cook on Saturday in London but Peter Harrison said his son is unable to make weight. The 29-year-old Scottish fighter was arrested for assault in southern Spain on Oct. 6 while training for the bout. He was released on Nov. 13 after paying 28,000 euros (US$37,000) bail and initial medical reports cleared him to fight. "Scott was unable to get under [60kg] and, on medical advice, was advised not to take the fight," Peter Harrison said.

■ Basketball

Pachulia, Taylor suspended

Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia was suspended for one game by the NBA on Wednesday night for an incident involving Seattle center Johan Petro. The 21-year old center from Georgia elbowed Petro of France in the neck and head late in the third quarter in Atlanta's 102-87 loss to the SuperSonics on Tuesday night. Sacramento Kings forward Maurice Taylor, meanwhile, was suspended for five games for violating terms of the anti-doping program. Taylor has been suspended twice previously for substance abuse violations.

■ Soccer

Premiership teams charged

Premiership sides Tottenham and Middlesbrough have been charged by the Football Association (FA) over a brawl which marred Spurs' 2-1 win at White Hart Lane on Tuesday night. The clubs have until Dec. 21 to respond and face a large fine if found guilty. The fracas was triggered by a tackle from 'Boro midfielder George Boateng on Aaron Lennon and involved almost a dozen players. Both Boateng and Tottenham's Didier Zokora were red-carded by referee Mark Halsey.

■ Sevens Rugby

Fiji says tournament still on

Fiji's rugby union chiefs promised yesterday to press ahead with an international sevens rugby tournament next month, despite mounting pressure to isolate the country following the military coup. "Our plans have not changed," Fiji Rugby chief executive Timoci Tavanavanua said. "We are in the process of writing to all the invited teams to reassure them that this tournament will continue as planned and that the safety of players and officials would not be in danger," he said. Fiji, the reigning world sevens champions, has not hosted an international sevens tournament since a previous coup attempt by George Speight in 2000. The New Zealand government, one of the first to impose sanctions on Fiji after Tuesday's coup, said it will hold discussions with sporting organizations.

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