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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Boxing
Former world champ nabbed

Former world welterweight boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga has been arrested on fraud charges in his native Nicaragua. He was being held on Wednesday in Leon, 80km northwest of Managua after Ramiro Sandino, a used car dealer in the city, accused the boxer of failing to pay him US$56,000 for four cars. Sandino said he turned over the cars to Mayorga in December 2005, and the boxer promised to pay for them after his fight with Oscar de la Hoya on May 6. But Sandino said Mayorga never paid him.

■ Soccer

FC Sydney to sue Yorke

Striker Dwight Yorke is to be sued for breach of contract by his former Australian club FC Sydney, the Sydney Daily Telegraph reported yesterday. The club claims Yorke broke the terms of his contract when he took time off to prepare to play for Trinidad & Tobago at last year's World Cup. The 35-year-old Yorke helped Sydney win last year's inaugural A-League title before leaving in August to return to England with Sunderland.

■ Boxing

Harrison arrested yet again

British former featherweight boxing world champion Scott Harrison has been arrested on drugs charges, police said on Wednesday. Harrison, 29, was detained on Tuesday night in Glasgow and was in custody ahead of a court appearance yesterday. It not the first time he has had a brush with the law -- Harrison spent five weeks in a Spanish jail last year and is due back in Spain today, to appear in court accused of assault and stealing a car. The Scot has also been detained by police several times following alcohol-related violence.

■ Soccer

Thais troop off pitch

Singapore defeated Thailand 2-1 in a protest-marked first leg of the Asean Football Championship final on Wednesday. The Thais trooped off the pitch for 15 minutes to protest the referee's controversial decision to award an 83rd minute penalty to Singapore. With the score at 1-1, a cross from Singapore's Shi Jia Yi was going out of danger as Noh Alam Shah and his marker, Niweat Siriwong, both fell to the ground. Malaysian referee C. Ravichandran pointed to the spot, indicating that Noh had been pulled down. The Thais surrounded the referee in a furious protest and later walked off the pitch, returning only after much persuasion by Asean football officials. Upon resumption, Mustafic Fahrudin blasted the penalty into the top right corner to put Singapore in a strong position for Sunday's second leg.

■ Cricket

Aussies ban Mexican wave

Cricket Australia (CA) has banned the Mexican wave at all international grounds across the country, CA said in a statement yesterday. Spectators who try to start the Mexican wave, standing up in co-ordinated sections and raising their arms in the air, will be ejected from grounds. "The behavior of fans at the cricket this summer, so far, has improved significantly and while the wave itself is harmless, unfortunately the associated throwing of objects in the air is not," Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement. "At best, thrown objects cause discomfort such as being drenched with beer or plastic cups full of urine but at worst they cause injuries to other spectators and that's not a risk we're prepared to take anymore."

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