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Wallabie scrumhalf George Gregan negotiates a forward facing cliff abseil during a team boot-camp on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia, yesterday.


■ Rugby Union

Ex-player subdues man

A former international rugby player was among passengers who helped to subdue a man who became violent during a domestic flight yesterday, New Zealand police said. The 42-year-old man apparently became agitated because he failed to take his medication and attacked a nearby passenger as the flight from Auckland came in to land at Wellington, Sergeant Roly Gascoine said. Other passengers, including former New Zealand All Black Ofisa Tonu'u, restrained the man for about 10 minutes and handed him over to police who were waiting when the airplane touched down, Gascoine said. The man had not taken his prescription medicine, Gascoine said, without providing details.

■ Boxing

Deportees return to Cuba

Two boxers deported by Brazil were back in Cuba after they disappeared during the Pan American Games last month and were arrested at a resort where officials said they partied and ran up an exorbitant bill. Convalescing Cuban President Fidel Castro said in comments published on Sunday that the boxers would be confined to guest houses upon their return, although he promised not to harshly punish them. Guillermo Rigondeaux, Cuba's top boxer and a two-time Olympic bantamweight champion, and Erislandy Lara, an amateur welterweight world champion, arrived in Havana early on Sunday after being deported from Brazil.

■ Motorsport

Gronholm wins Finnish rally

Marcus Gronholm won the Finnish world championship rally on Sunday, beating Ford teammate Mikko Hirvonen by 24.2 seconds. World champion Sebastien Loeb of France was third in a Citroen, 1:09.9 behind. Gronholm increased his lead in the overall standings from nine to 13 points ahead of Loeb. Gronholm has 75 points, Loeb 62 and third-placed Hirvonen has 57 points. Gronholm finished the 360.34km of special stages in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 56.1 seconds. For Gronholm, world champion in 2000 and 2002, it was the seventh win in his eight last starts on home soil, the fast gravel roads in central Finland, 270km north of Helsinki.

■ Soccer

Beckham misses MLS debut

David Beckham missed his scheduled Major League Soccer (MLS) debut, failing to play in the Los Angeles Galaxy's match at Toronto FC on Sunday. Beckham, still bothered by a sore left ankle, wasn't among the starting 11 or seven substitutes for the game, played before a sellout crowd of 20,500. Beckham sprained his left ankle while playing for England against Estonia in a European Championship qualifier on June 6, then hurt it again during Real Madrid's season finale on June 17. On Saturday, the 32-year-old midfielder said he cannot plant or turn without pain and is seven to 10 days from being able to start.

■ Soccer

Porto win tournament

Portuguese champions Porto scored three first-half goals to defeat Shanghai Shenhua of China and win the Port of Rotterdam tournament on Sunday. Tarik Sektioui opened the scoring after five minutes and Leandro Lima struck twice in three minutes shortly before the interval to seal victory. Porto edged Liverpool, who fought back from a goal down to draw 1-1 against hosts Feyenoord, on goal difference. Feyenoord grabbed the lead on the stroke of halftime when Royston Drenthe netted a rebound after Andwele Slory hit the post.

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