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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ HORSE RACING

Jockey left paralyzed

Jockey Andrew Lakeman is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a fall during a race at Belmont Park last month, the Daily Racing Form reported. The 32-year-old Lakeman was told by doctors at North Shore University Hospital on Wednesday he would never walk again, a friend of the jockey said in a report posted late Thursday on the Form's Web site. "Andrew was very frustrated, very angry, and very scared hearing this all of a sudden," said Tom Daughn, who told the Form he is a close friend of the jockey. "They needed to sedate him a little bit. I told him we'll work through this."

■ BASEBALL

Standridge heads for Japan

Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Standridge became the newest member of the Softbank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League yesterday. Standridge was 3-9 with a 5.80 ERA over seven seasons in the major leagues with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds and the Royals. The 28-year-old right-handed pitcher joins a bullpen which leads the Pacific League with a 2.99 ERA. "My strength is my fastball," Standridge said. "I'll do my best to help the team win games and the championship." The Hawks are in second place in the standings behind Lotte Marines.

■ SOCCER

Bad boy Barton joins Toon

Midfielder Joey Barton signed a five-year contract with Newcastle on Thursday in a transfer worth ?5.8 million (US$11.4 million). Barton left Manchester City after a string of disciplinary problems -- the latest coming last month when he allegedly attacked his teammate Ousmane Dabo at a training session. He was suspended for Manchester City's final two games of the season. Barton said he was excited to work with new Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce.

■ CYCLING

Union pushes maximum ban

Ivan Basso should receive the maximum ban of two years for doping, the International Cycling Union said in a letter sent to Italian officials on Thursday on the eve of the rider's disciplinary hearing. The Italian Olympic Committee's doping prosecutors recommended last month that last year's Giro d'Italia champion be banned for 21 months. Basso had a hearing scheduled before the Italian cycling federation yesterday, after which his ban would be decided. Basso is accused of using or attempting to use a banned substance or method, and "possession of banned substances and methods." He was suspended by the Italian federation last month after acknowledging involvement in the probe, known as Operation Puerto. He confessed to "attempted doping," but said he never actually went through with it.

■ CYCLING

Moreau wins Dauphine stage

France's Christophe Moreau won stage four of the Dauphine Libere with a powerful climb up steep Mont Ventoux on Thursday. Kazakhstan's Andrey Kashechkin took the overall lead. The stage win was Moreau's second at this Dauphine. The 36-year-old cyclist with the AG2R team also won stage two. He surged ahead on Ventoux, finishing one minute, eight seconds ahead of Poland's Sylvester Szmyd, who rides for Lampre. Spain's Igor Anton of Euskaltel finished third, 1:21 behind Moreau. Kashechkin finished in 13th place, 2:04 behind Moreau but good enough to take the lead from teammate Alexandre Vinokourov, who struggled on the climb.

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