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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ FOOTBALL

Couch used steroids: Yahoo

Former No. 1 NFL draft pick Tim Couch had doping regimens that called for anabolic steroids and human growth hormone (HGH), documents obtained by Yahoo.com showed. Couch, cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars this month, told Yahoo.com he used HGH for about a week, under a doctor's care, in hopes it would help him recover from shoulder surgery. He denied using steroids or any other banned drugs and said he had never seen the documents. Yahoo.com reported on Tuesday it had obtained documents from an anonymous source with Couch's name printed across the top that called for extensive use of drugs banned by the league.

■ SOCCER

Leicester player collapses

A player's collapse in the locker room at halftime caused an English League Cup match between local rivals Nottingham Forest and Leicester to be abandoned on Tuesday. Forest was winning 1-0 at home when Clive Clarke, who joined the Foxes on loan from Sunderland two weeks ago, fell seriously ill at the interval. Rival managers Colin Calderwood and Martin Allen addressed the crowd to tell the fans what had happened and the game was called off as Clarke was taken to a nearby hospital. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Clive and his family at this time," Leicester chief executive Tim Davies said.

■ BASEBALL

Bonds' balls up for auction

Electronic bidding began for Barry Bonds' 755th and 756th home run balls on Tuesday, with the price for the record-breaker starting at US$100,000. Sotheby's/SCP Auctions is handling sales of the balls Bonds hit to tie and break Hank Aaron's Major League Baseball home run record. Bidding closes on Sept. 15, when the winning offer is to be announced. "These balls are some of the most historic baseballs to come up publicly for auction," said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions. The California-based auction house also handled the US$102,000 sale of Bonds' 700th home run ball and the US$220,000 sale of his 715th.

■ BASKETBALL

Alston charged with assault

Houston Rockets guard Rafer Alston was charged on Tuesday with slashing a man's neck during a ruckus at a New York nightspot -- his second brush with the law this month. Alston was arraigned on felony assault charges before being released without bail. A judge ordered him to return to court on Jan. 3. His lawyer said Alston was "absolutely innocent." The man who said he was injured told police the incident occurred at about 3am on Monday after he and Alston accidentally bumped each other inside Club Stereo. During an ensuing argument, the man said, Alston slashed his neck. The 41-year-old went to a hospital to be treated for a minor neck injury, then filed a complaint with police.

■ SOCCER

Sevilla's Puerta dies

Sevilla midfielder Antonio Puerta died on Tuesday, three days after collapsing on the field during his team's Spanish league match against Getafe. Puerta died of "multiple organ failure stemming from prolonged cardiac arrest" and subsequent coronary problems, Virgen del Rocio Hospital director Gimeno Guerrero said in a statement. The 22-year-old Puerta had been in an intensive care unit since Saturday and had been given assisted ventilation, but his condition worsened on Tuesday, the hospital said.

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