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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ ICE HOCKEY

Roenick plans to retire

Jeremy Roenick, who was just five goals shy of reaching 500 for his career, told the US media on Wednesday that he plans to retire. The nine-time All-Star center amassed 495 goals, 675 assists and 1,413 penalty minutes during his 18 years in the National Hockey League. Roenick, who was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks eighth overall in 1988 and helped lead them to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1992, also played with the Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings. Roenick saw his numbers steadily decline in each of the last five seasons, culminating this past season when he registered just 11 goals and 17 assists in 70 games.

■ ATHLETICS

Irungu wins Peachtree Road

Martin Irungu of Kenya won the Peachtree Road Race leading from start to finish in his first time running the 10km course on Wednesday. Wude Ayalew of Ethiopia was the women's winner in a field featuring 55,000 runners, America's largest 10km event. Irungu covered the course in 28 minutes, 1 second, winning in a final sprint. US 10km champion Abdi Abdiraham was second in 28:12. Nicholas Kamakya of Kenya was third in 28:20. "I'm really happy to do this, to win in my first time," Irungu said. Abdiraham added: "He ran a great race; he's a tough guy." Ayalew won in 31:44. She was followed by Alice Timbilili of Kenya in 31:48 and Katie Mcgregor of the US in 32:41.

■ SOCCER

Sheringham v son

Former England striker Teddy Sheringham moved to League Championship side Colchester on Wednesday, and hopes to play against his son next season. The 41-year-old Sheringham signed a one-year deal after being released by Premier League club West Ham. His 19-year-old son, Charlie, plays for Crystal Palace, which faces Colchester on Nov. 24. "It would be nice and hopefully it will happen," Sheringham said. "We'd probably be at different ends of the pitch because Charlie is a striker as well but you do find yourself up against different people at different times of a game. But it would have to be some coincidence for him to get in the team and for me to be playing."

■ CRICKET

Billionaire invests in cricket

Texas billionaire Allen Stanford has given West Indies cricket US$100 million over three years in what he described on Wednesday as a bid to bring the game into the 21st century. Stanford told a news conference that most of the funding would go towards grassroots development to prepare for the second Stanford 20/20 tournament early next year after the launch of his Caribbean regional tournament last year. Cuba will join the Jan. 25 to Feb. 24 tournament along with Turks and Caicos. The 21 teams will compete for a top prize of US$1 million with the losing finalists getting US$500,000.

■ RUGBY UNION

Edinburgh, SRU in dispute

Edinburgh have withdrawn 12 players from Scotland's World Cup training squad until a dispute with the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) over appearance fees is resolved. Leading players such as Chris Paterson, Mike Blair, Allister Hogg and Scott Murray have spent the week training with their club instead of with Frank Hadden's national squad, following a dispute over the distribution of Magners League and European Cup appearance fees. A crisis meeting was held on Wednesday in an effort to resolve the situation but no agreement was reached.

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