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Sports Briefs


■ Boxing

Bouncing boxer shot

Former Commonwealth Games medalist and British heavyweight champion James Oyebola was in critical condition in a London hospital on Tuesday after being shot in the face outside a nightclub where he worked as a bouncer. Oyebola was shot in the early hours of Monday morning after asking three men to stop smoking inside the club in London's Fulham district. Detective Chief Inspector Scott Wilson of the Metropolitan Police said three suspects, aged between 19 and 25, ran from the club in separate directions. "It is a horrible crime to happen anywhere but over nothing -- an incident such as smoking -- these people need to be caught," Wilson told the British Broadcasting Corp on Tuesday. Britain introduced a ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces on July 1.

■ Rugby Union

Cup bonuses for Wallabies

Australian players will get a cash bonus of A$137,000 (US$121,370) if they win the Rugby World Cup in France. The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and the Rugby Union Players' Association announced the deal yesterday, with cash incentives offered for reaching the semi-final and the final. All members of the 30-man squad will be paid A$10,000 for qualifying for the semi-finals, an additional A$42,250 for reaching the final and an extra A$84,750 if they win the title. "I think we have found the right formula for rewarding the players," ARU general manager Pat Wilson said in a statement. The players' union and the ARU had a long dispute about bonuses before the 2003 World Cup, but reached agreement months ahead of kick off this time. "The discussions were amicable and productive," Wilson said.

■ Soccer

Tevez saga goes to court

The Carlos Tevez transfer saga is to be settled in the British High Court after the Argentine striker's representatives launched legal action against West Ham. The 23-year-old has agreed to a move to Premiership champions Manchester United, but the deal has been held up because Media Sports Investments (MSI), the company owned by Iranian businessman Kia Joorabchian, claims it owns the economic rights to the player rather than the Hammers. Tevez is registered as a West Ham player and the London club insisted that they ripped up a contract giving MSI the rights to any transfer fee during an investigation into the details of the former Corinthians star's move to Upton Park. As a result West Ham believe they are due the money and FIFA, world soccer's governing body, had on Tuesday recommended that the dispute be settled in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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