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Sports Briefs

Agencies

■ Police arrest River fans

Argentine federal police said on Friday they detained four suspected River Plate hooligans wanted in connection with the Aug. 7 shooting death of Martin Gonzalo Acro. The slain man was a fan from a rival River gang. They added they were seeking 10 others. Judge Jose Luis Rodriguez ordered the detentions and police reported those detained were arrested amid a series of raids in around Buenos Aires and in central Cordoba Province. The killing of Gonzalo, 29, remains unsolved.

■ Soccer

Porto drop first points

Portuguese Premier League leaders Porto were held to a 1-1 home draw by Belenenses on Friday, ending their 100 percent record this season. Despite the setback before Tuesday's Champions League match against Marseille, Porto comfortably retained the lead with 25 points from nine matches, nine ahead of Benfica. Porto striker Helder Postiga scored his first goal of the season, slipping a low shot under Belenenses goalkeeper Costinha after 20 minutes. Five minutes after half-time Belenenses midfielder Ze Pedro slotted in a pass from Brazilian winger Roncatto to equalize.

■ Trotting

Thieves steal star horse

A celebrated Italian trotter worth several million euros, Equinox Bi, was stolen overnight from a training stable near northeastern Venice, its owner said on Friday. Equinox Bi, winner of this year's Breeders Crown Open Trot in Campbellville, Ontario, Canada, was to have raced for trotting's most prestigious prize, the 1 million euro (US$1.45 million) Prix d'Amerique in Paris in January. Equinox Bi's trainer was in the US to sign a stud service contract worth some US$6,000 for his star to stand at Blue Chip Farms in New York next year when the theft occurred. Another racehorse, Lemon Dra, was stolen from the center in Mirano two years ago and never recovered.

■ Soccer

Dida attacker sentenced

The fan who ran on to the pitch during Celtic's Champions League win over AC Milan last month was sentenced to 120 hours of community service on Friday after admitting causing a breach of the peace. Robert McHendry, 27, ran on to the pitch and confronted visiting goalkeeper Dida as Celtic celebrated a last-minute winning goal against AC Milan in Glasgow on Oct. 3. McHendry made the slightest of touches with his hand on Dida's cheek, who collapsed theatrically to the ground. UEFA responded to the keeper's antics by banning him for two matches, one of which was suspended on appeal. Celtic were fined 60,000 Swiss francs (US$50,750) for failing to control their crowd.

■ Doping

Chinese duo fail tests

Two Chinese athletes have failed drugs tests at a domestic event in the city of Wuhan, the official Xinhua news agency said yesterday. The two were wushu competitor Zhao Jie and cyclist Xu Xiang, who were taking part in the 6th Chinese City Games, the report said. They were suspected of using "stimulants and anabolic agents", Xinhua quoted event spokesman Jiang Zhixue as saying. Chinese officials have been at great pains to assure the world its doping problems are a thing of the past after several scandals uncovered systematic doping in the 1990s. With much prestige invested in next year's Beijing Olympics, China has repeatedly pledged it would rather win no gold medals than have one positive test.

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