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AGENCIES

■BASKETBALL

Arenas begins sentence

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house for bringing guns to the team locker room, began serving his sentence in Rockville, Maryland, on Friday. Arthur Wallenstein, director of Montgomery County Corrections, said Arenas arrived on Friday evening at the Montgomery County jail, where he will spend two days for medical screening and classification. He will then be transferred to the county’s Pre-Release Center, a halfway house. Corrections officials in Montgomery County, adjacent to Washington DC, agreed to let him serve his sentence there as part of an agreement with the US Bureau of Prisons. Arenas pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge in January, and has been suspended until the end of the season by the NBA.

■SOCCER

Brazil faces problems

Brazil’s planning for the 2014 World Cup faces “serious problems” if crucial work is not started before May 3, the deadline fixed by FIFA, Brazilian soccer federation (CBF) president Ricardo Teixeira said in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. “If the work does not start before the start of May, we will have serious problems,” Teixeira said. FIFA set May 3 as a deadline for work on a new and refurbished stadium to start, but organizers have faced problems with no sites being able to attract financial credits from banks. According to FIFA planning, all major work must be finished by December 2012.

■ATHLETICS

Bolt to run first 200m

Triple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt will run his first 200m of the season in the Jamaica International Invitational on May 1, organizers in Kingston said on Friday. Bolt, the world record holder at 100m and 200m, will face a field that includes American world bronze medalist Wallace Spearmon. The meeting has also attracted Jamaica’s Olympic 200m winner Veronica Campbell Brown and US world 400m champion Sanya Richards. They are scheduled to run in the women’s 200m. Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, the former 100m world record holder, will not compete, organizers said.

■ICE HOCKEY

Ponikarovsky suspended

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky has been suspended for two games for hitting an opposing player from behind, knocking him into the boards, the National Hockey League said on Friday. The suspension will keep Ponikarovsky out of the team’s final two regular season games. The incident occurred early in the final period of Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders when Ponikarovsky hit center Josh Bailey from behind. New York’s Bailey was injured on the play and Ponikarovsky was given a boarding penalty and game misconduct.

■BASKETBALL

Spurs keep Ginobili

The San Antonio Spurs signed guard Manu Ginobili to a multi-year contract extension, keeping the Argentine player from testing the free agent market at the end of the season, the team said on Friday. Ginobili, who has spent his eight-year career with San Antonio and won three NBA championships, had a mediocre start this term and could have become an unrestricted free agent when the campaign finishes, but the Spurs said the 32-year-old Ginobili, who won the NBA’s sixth man of the year award in 2008 as the most valuable player coming off the bench as a substitute, is an important part of its program and wanted to keep him.

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