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■ Soccer

Carlos signs with Turks

Turkish champions Fenerbahce said yesterday that they had signed veteran Brazilian full-back Roberto Carlos from Spain's Real Madrid. Fenerbahce vice-president Murat Ozaydinli said in a statement on the Istanbul club's Web site that the deal was clinched in a meeting late on Tuesday with Carlos' agent Dino Pasalic. "Our meeting for the transfer took only 15 to 20 minutes. We told them our principles and the deal was sealed," Ozaydinli said. "We signed a player who perfectly fits Fenerbahce's traditions." He added that the 34-year-old Brazilian was expected to come to Turkey soon to sign the contract. The statement did not mention the duration of the contract, but Turkish newspapers said Carlos had signed for two years.

■ Football

Former player ran sex ring

Former NFL player Bob Buczkowski pleaded guilty to helping run a million-dollar prostitution ring with his girlfriend out of his parents' suburban home. The 43-year-old Buczkowski pleaded guilty on Tuesday in court in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to two counts of promoting prostitution, six counts of possessing and dealing cocaine and other charges. He agreed to turn state's witness against others charged in the case, if their cases go to trial. State prosecutors said Buczkowski and girlfriend Amy Schifano ran the escort service Buckwild Entertainment, which did business as B.A.G. Enterprises. Buczkowski provided the muscle and Schifano allegedly was the madam, prosecutors said.

■ Basketball

Magic, coach to ax contract

The Orlando Magic and Bill Donovan are planning to cancel the contract Donovan signed to coach the NBA team tomorrow, ESPN reported on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Magic have offered the job to former Miami Heat coach Stan Van Gundy. Both sides are still working out the details, said. That report, citing multiple sources, said Donovan and the Magic have agreed upon a non-compete clause, requiring Donovan to refrain from coaching in the NBA for five years as one of the terms of his release from the contract. After guiding the University of Florida to its second straight national championship title in April, Donovan was introduced as the Magic's eighth coach on Friday.

■ Football

Player accused of assault

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman, who is already serving a suspension, has been accused of assaulting two men in the state of Georgia, US media reported on Tuesday. The men reportedly accused Thurman and his cousin of punching them at a weekend party, then later returning with guns drawn. A judge will hold a pre-warrant hearing tomorrow to determine whether an arrest warrant should be issued for Thurman and his cousin.

■ Soccer

Coach fuels `kamikaze' spirit

Japan coach Ivica Osim is trying to instill the daring spirit of the "kamikaze" in his players ahead of their tilt at a third straight Asian Cup next month. In a gamble, the Bosnian tactician employed what he called a "kamikaze" line-up of five midfielders, including Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura, behind Eintracht Frankfurt striker Naohiro Takahara, for their match against Colombia on Tuesday. "It was a dangerous option. Still, the kamikaze option worked in part. We managed to survive," Osim said after Japan held the Latin American side to a scoreless draw.

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