Thu, May 24, 2007 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Cricket

Singh faces drug charges

Former test cricketer Maninder Singh was to appear in a New Delhi court yesterday after he was arrested in his home for allegedly possessing 1.5 grams of cocaine. Local club cricketer Sayyam Siddique, who was with Singh when police raided his New Delhi apartment on Tuesday, was arrested for carrying 100 grams of contraband charas [hashish], police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said yesterday. Both have been arrested under the 1985 Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Bhagat said. Police are investigating whether Singh kept the cocaine for personal use or was involved in the drug trade.

■ Tennis

Davydenko eyes Austria

Nikolay Davydenko has applied for Austrian citizenship. Davydenko, who is ranked fourth, is applying for dual nationality and intends to keep his Russian passport. "The training facilities in Austria are much better than in Russia," the 25-year-old Davydenko said on Tuesday. "And an Austrian passport would make traveling a lot easier for us, avoiding the visa requirements for Russian citizens." It was unclear how long it would take for the Austrian authorities to decide on Davydenko's application. Davydenko would have to wait three years after gaining citizenship to be allowed to play in Austria's Davis Cup team. He would also be able to take part for Austria in the 2008 Olympics -- but would need permission from the Russian Olympic Committee to do so. Davydenko spent part of his youth in Germany and applied for German citizenship in 2000, but said he "never got a reaction" from the German tennis federation, which he had asked to help him.

■ NFL

Judge restrains Kircus

A judge issued a restraining order against Broncos receiver David Kircus in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, a day after he was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault at a weekend party. Kircus, who resumed his NFL career last season after spending a year away from football working in a fast-food shop, is free on US$6,000 bail. If convicted, he could be sentenced to two to six years in prison. The restraining order bars Kircus from drinking or possessing alcohol. Sheriff's investigators said Kircus got into an argument when he was asked to leave a party early Sunday, hit a man and broke bones in his face. The man was treated at a hospital. The extent of his injuries were not available, and his name was not released. Kircus is a backup receiver and return specialist who joined the team last season. He had nine receptions for a team-leading 20.8 yards per catch and returned six punts for a 14.3-yard average last season.

■ Taekwondo

Iraqi official found dead

The vice president of the taekwondo union was found dead south of Baghdad on Tuesday after being kidnapped on his way home from his sister's wake, the Iraqi Olympic Committee said. Walid Mohammed Abdullah, 43, was abducted and killed near the town of Mahmudiyah in the same Sunni insurgent stronghold where three US soldiers went missing 11 days ago after a pre-dawn raid that killed five of their comrades. "We regret these sorts of incidents which befall athletes at a time when they are struggling to represent the country and serve Iraqi athletics," committee president Bashar Mustafa said. "These acts reflect this dangerous period that Iraqi athletes are confronted with at the present time," he added.

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