Fri, Mar 30, 2007 - Page 23 News List

Sports Briefs


■ Swimming
Coach, daughter reunited

Ukrainian swim coach Mikhaylo Zubkov was reunited with his swimmer daughter Kateryna after an Australian court yesterday declined to extend an intervention order against him. Television footage of Mikhaylo Zubkov, 38, pushing and shoving his 18-year-old swimmer daughter during an altercation in a waiting area at the Rod Laver Arena swimming venue in Melbourne on Tuesday was aired around the world after being filmed by host broadcaster Nine Network. Zubkov's lawyer, Florin Andrighetto, told the Melbourne Magistrates' Court yesterday that the incident was a personal, delicate and private matter involving family, and not part of a "bizarre training method" to spur his daughter on. Zubkov gave an undertaking to the court that he would not repeat the conduct seen at the championships. Magistrate Dan Muling said that based on to Kateryna Zubkova's decision not to give evidence against her father, there was not enough grounds to grant the order. The father and daughter left the court together. Zubkova was quoted by local media on Wednesday as saying the scuffle followed a dispute over her boyfriend and she has forgiven her father.

■ Olympics

Six buried in tunnel collapse

Six construction workers were buried when a subway tunnel being built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics collapsed, and rescuers give them little chance of survival, China's state press reported yesterday. The accident occurred early on Wednesday in Beijing's Haidian university district on the No. 10 subway line, the People's Daily reported on its Web site. The line crosses northern Beijing and will link up to the Olympic Village when it is finished next year. Rescue efforts were continuing, but so far the missing workers have not been traced, the report said. "According to rescue workers, the chance of finding them alive is small," the report said. Press reports gave no details as to why the collapse occurred.

■ Baseball

Pitcher jailed for 14 years

Former star relief pitcher Ugueth Urbina received a 14-year sentence from a Venezuelan court for attempted murder of workers on his farm outside Caracas, Venezuela, the newspaper El Universal reported on Wednesday. Urbina, who last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2005 with the Philadelphia Phillies, was arrested that year on charges he attacked seven workers with a machete and doused them with fuel in an attempt to burn them. Some of the employees had said the incident occurred while Urbina was looking for a lost firearm.

■ Basketball

NBA teams head to China

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Orlando Magic are coming to China. The NBA teams will face each other in preseason games on Oct. 17 and Oct. 20 in China, the NBA said yesterday. The first game will be played in Shanghai and the second in Macau. Sandwiched between those games, the Magic will face the China national team on Oct. 18, also in Macau. The preseason games will be the second for the NBA in China. In 2004, the Houston Rockets -- led by Chinese center Yao Ming -- and the Sacramento Kings played in Beijing and Shanghai. The meeting between the Magic and the China national team will be historic. It will be the second time an NBA team has faced China's top team on national soil. In 1979, the Washington Bullets -- now the Wizards -- played two games against the China national team.

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