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Sports Briefs


■ Football

Vick indicted over dogs

NFL star Michael Vick was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday on charges of sponsoring a dogfighting operation so grisly the losers either died in the pit or sometimes were electrocuted, drowned, hanged or shot. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback and three others were charged with competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines. The operation was named "Bad Newz Kennels," according to the indictment, and the dogs were housed, trained and fought at a property owned by Vick in Surry County, Virginia.

■ Golf

Monty worries bookies

Colin Montgomerie has only seriously challenged to win the claret jug once, but the combination of his victory two weeks ago in Ireland and the British Open which starts at Carnoustie in his native Scotland today has bookmakers nervous. William Hill has lowered his odds to 25-to-1, but the number of bets placed on Montgomerie to win has been so large that bookmakers say the betting turnover would be more than US$50 million. The second worst-case-scenario for the bookmakers would be Luke Donald winning. The bookmakers say Phil Mickelson, who lost the Scottish Open in a playoff, was not getting much action at 14-to-1. Woods remained the favorite at 3-to-1, followed by Ernie Els at 12-to-1.

■ Rugby Union

'Boks ponder Zulu war dance

The Springboks are considering matching the All Blacks' haka at the rugby World Cup with a Zulu war dance they haven't used in 80 years. South Africa coach Jake White told the Star newspaper he has talked with national officials about reproducing the Zulu dance to answer the famed challenge New Zealand rugby teams have been performing before games for almost 120 years. "The history books show that the 1926 Springboks performed a Zulu war dance in major matches on their tour," White said. "New Zealand have come up with a new haka recently and, quite honestly, I would like to use ours as a challenge to them. We have done this challenge before in our team room in the four years since I have been involved as coach, but it hasn't really taken off as an idea to do it in public. Not yet, anyway," he said. "All I am saying is that maybe it is time we revived a genuine tradition from the past of South African rugby when we performed a Zulu war dance. This is no gimmick -- it is a part of our rugby history and tradition," White said.

■ Sumo

Hakuho in three-way lead

Newly promoted grand champion Hakuho yesterday bounced back from a loss the previous day and compatriot Asashoryu defeated early front-runner Kotomitsuki to set up a three-way lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho quickly sent Ama sprawling to the dirt with an onslaught of powerful pushes at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. Hakuho improved to 10-1, while Ama fell to 3-8. Grand champion Asashoryu, who is gunning for his 21st Emperor's Cup, dispatched Kotomitsuki, grabbing the sekiwake's belt with both hands and throwing him onto the ground. Asahoryu, Kotomitsuki and Hakuho now lead the tournament with one loss each. Bulgarian Kotooshu got hold of rank-and-filer Miyabiyama by the back of his head and pushed him onto the dirt, improving to 7-4. Miyabiyama fell to 5-6. Ozeki Kaio survived an onslaught from Homasho, drawing back from his barrage of thrusts and pushing him down onto the dirt.

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