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AGENCIES

■SOCCER

Gazza taken to hospital

Former England star Paul Gascoigne was taken to hospital after an incident at a London hotel, police sources said on yesterday. Ambulance crews and police were called to the Knightsbridge hotel on Sunday afternoon, from where Gascoigne voluntarily went to hospital where he was being assessed. No offense was reported and no further action was taken, police said. “A man was causing concern in a hotel in SW1,” police said in a statement.” He was tended to by an ambulance crew and taken to hospital voluntarily.” The 40-year-old former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, known as Gazza, has battled with alcohol and personal problems. In February he was detained under the mental health act after a disturbance at a hotel in Gateshead. He was released after two weeks of treatment.

■BADMINTON

Officials look out for fixing

Malaysian officials will be on the lookout for the “menace” of match-fixing during the finals of the Thomas and Uber cups in Jakarta next week. Malaysian sport was rocked by a scandal last month in which six soccer players from Sarawak were detained by Anti-Corruption Agency officers investigating match-fixing allegations. There has also been speculation that badminton players have been involved in arranging results. The finals of the Thomas and Uber cups, from May 11 to May 18 in Jakarta, Indonesia, are the most prestigious team events in international badminton. “Yes, we have heard stories about shuttlers fixing matches but this is only hearsay. It’s very hard to prove such cases,” Nadzmi Salleh, president of the Badminton Association of Malaysia, was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times yesterday. “We will be monitoring the players in Jakarta to ensure they stay away from this menace. We have been conducting such checks for quite some time now.”

■SOCCER

FA probes gambling patterns

The English Football Association is to investigate a League Two result after at least two bookmakers closed betting on the match because of unusual gambling patterns. Accrington Stanley lost 2-0 to Bury on Saturday in the last round of the season. William Hill closed the book on the match on Friday evening, while Coral stopped bets at 1:45pm on Saturday — both because of large amounts being placed on Bury to win. Both companies would normally stop taking bets at the kickoff, which was 3pm on Saturday. “We were seeing substantial money for just one result, Bury to win,” William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said on Sunday. “We shortened the price four times and we were still seeing people wanting to bet. That was the point at which we decided to close the book. I can’t ever recall us taking this action on an English league game.” Sharpe said William Hill contacted the Football League, which governs the three lower divisions of English soccer. FA spokesman Adrian Bevington said it would investigate the issue. Accrington Stanley chief executive Rob Heys said the club would also investigate.

■TENNIS

Chilean wins BMW Open

Fernando Gonzalez captured his 10th career title and second of the year on Sunday at the BMW Open by beating Simone Bolelli of Italy 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-3. The second-seeded Chilean wasted two match points while leading 5-4 in the second set in the clay-court match. He went on to win after breaking serve for the first time in the match at 2-2 in the final set. Bolelli playing in his first final, upset top-seeded Paul Henri-Mathieu of France in the semi-finals.

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