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Federer to play for Haiti

World No. 1 Roger Federer has organized a charity tennis exhibition today ahead of the Australian Open to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake. At least 50,000 people have been killed and 1.5 million left homeless in the Caribbean nation and Federer said he wanted to do something to help. “I had the idea that we could do something to help Haiti after the tragic earthquake,” he said yesterday. “So I spoke to some other top players. I got some connections, you know. They all said: ‘Yes, we should do something.’ So we’re going to play doubles or mixed doubles on Sunday, also with top women’s players, and try to fill the stadium [Rod Laver Arena].”


Hammers fined over fans

West Ham United have been fined £115,000 (US$187,000) after serious crowd trouble marred their League Cup victory over London rivals Millwall in August. The Hammers have also been ordered to pay adjusted costs of £5,000, but they escaped being forced to play matches behind closed doors. Violent clashes outside Upton Park on Aug. 25 led to 64 arrests and the stabbing of a Millwall fan and there were also three pitch invasions by West Ham fans during the match. West Ham were found guilty of two charges — failure to ensure their supporters refrained from violent, threatening, obscene and provocative behavior, and failure to ensure their supporters did not enter the field of play.


Hundreds mourn victims

Hundreds of mourners have gathered in Togo to remember the two victims of an attack on the national soccer team in Angola. Assistant coach Abalo Amelete and communications director Stanislas Ocloo were killed when gunmen fired on the team’s bus a week earlier. Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor said on Friday that their deaths had “plunged us into deep despair.” Mourners wept as their coffins, draped in Togolese flags, were brought to the Palace of Congress. The team was headed to the Africa Cup of Nations when they were attacked and they later withdrew from the competition. The team’s Angolan bus driver also was killed. Eight people were wounded, including a goalkeeper who was flown to South Africa for treatment.


Vaultier extends his lead

Pierre Vaultier of France won a snowboardcross World Cup race in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, on Friday to extend his lead in the standings. Norwegian teenager Helene Olafsen won the women’s event and jumped to third in the discipline standings. Vaultier beat Germany’s David Speiser for his eighth World Cup victory and third of the season. Nick Baumgartner of the US was third and Canadian Francois Boivin fourth. Olafsen got her third career World Cup win, beating Dominique Maltais of Canada. World Cup leader Maelle Ricker of Canada was third.


Bernotas in rare US win

Eric Bernotas has become the first American in nearly two years to win a World Cup skeleton race in St Moritz, Switzerland, on Friday. Bernotas won in 1 minute, 9.15 seconds. The event was shortened to one run by race officials because of conditions at the start of the track. Kristan Bromley of Britain was 0.07 seconds back and World Cup leader Martins Dukurs of Latvia was third. In the women’s event, Shelley Rudman of Britain finished two runs in 2 minutes, 20.42 seconds. Canada’s Mellisa Hollingsworth was second and Kerstin Szymkowiak of Germany was third.

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