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■ BASKETBALL

Ref described as gambler

Disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy was a compulsive gambler whose road to professional and personal ruin began on the golf course, where he bet up to US$500 a hole, according to an evaluation filed on the eve of his sentencing. “In short, he could not stop himself from gambling,” wrote Stephen Block, a longtime New York-based gambling treatment counselor. Donaghy, 41, faces up to 33 months in prison at his sentencing yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn after pleading guilty last year to taking thousands of dollars in payoffs from a professional gambler for inside betting tips.

■ SOCCER

Fans arrested for murder

Colombian police said on Monday they had arrested five soccer fans on suspicion of beating to death a rival supporter who got on their bus by mistake after a match in Bogota. Police said fans of America, who had just defeated Independiente Santa Fe 2-1, got on the Santa Fe supporters’ bus believing it was their own bus. Santa Fe fans attacked the group, lashing out and throwing stones at them. “Three managed to get away but one of them fell and was beaten up, bringing about his death,” a police spokesman said. Last month, a supporter of Santa Fe was killed in another skirmish with an America fan.

■ SOCCER

Kenyon: no “gimmicks”

Manchester United and other English clubs might have Asians in their squads but you won’t find one at Chelsea with chief executive Peter Kenyon ruling out “gimmick” players. The Blues were to conclude their three-leg Asian pre-season tour yesterday and while Kenyon admits it is a huge market they are keen to tap, he is not interested in hiring players unless they are good enough. “Our view is that the selection of our players is the ability to be in the Chelsea team,” he told AFP. “We are not interested in gimmicks. We are not interested having say an American or an Asian in the team because it represents another revenue stream,” he said.

■ BASEBALL

Catcher to have surgery

New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will have season-ending surgery on his injured right shoulder, the major league baseball team said on Monday. Posada, 36, has been troubled by pain in the shoulder all season. He was placed on the disabled list last Monday, and had an MRI the next day to determine how to proceed with the injury. Posada, who is in the first year of a four-year, US$52 million contract, has played in just 51 games this season due to the injury. The five-time All-Star previously had contemplated delaying the surgery until the offseason.

■ SHOOTING

Kiwi readies for Beijing haze

While New Zealand’s 183 Olympic athletes are getting masks to combat Beijing’s feared pollution, trap shooter Graeme Ede is taking special measures against the haze. For a sport which requires exceptional eyesight, he has been deliberately training in poor visibility to prepare himself for expected hazy conditions. During a World Cup event at the Beijing Shooting Range in April, Ede found the clay targets increasingly harder to see as they whizzed up to 75m into the distance. Ede, the Commonwealth Games champion, said concerns about poor visibility had forced him to adopt an unconventional training method. “Training in poor light conditions has probably helped me,” he said.

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