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AGENCIES

■SOCCER

Team sacrifices lamb

Bulgarian club Pirin Blagoevgrad have sacrificed a lamb on their home pitch in the hope it will turn results their way, local media reported yesterday. Pirin have just returned to their ground, which was being repaired for several months, at the end of last month only to suffer a 3-1 loss to Chernomorets Burgas — their first defeat in nine league matches. Pirin then lost 2-0 at Lokomotiv Plovdiv last week to slip to 10th in the standings. The lamb was killed at the center of the field with goals then painted with the animal’s blood on Friday — a day before Pirin’s home match against Beroe Stara Zagora. “We just can’t afford losing again at our stadium,” coach Stefan Grozdanov was quoted as saying in the 7 Dni Sport daily. “But I think our footballers are feeling uneasy when playing at our pitch after the repair. They seem like stepping on pins,” he said.

■SOCCER

Winning streak ended

Borussia Moenchengladbach ended Eintracht Frankfurt’s three-game winning streak with a 2-0 Bundesliga victory in Frankfurt, Germany, on Friday. Marco Reus scored with a header in the sixth minute. Michael Bradley played a through ball to Raul Bobadilla, who chipped it over goalkeeper Oka Nikolov and Reus finished the move from close range. Defender Dante rose above Frankfurt’s defense to also score with a header in in the 56th. The win ended Moenchengladbach’s already fading relegation worries.

■CRICKET

Essex players investigated

Two Essex players are being investigated by police over allegations of “match irregularities,” the English club said on Friday, the opening day of the new county championship season. A statement from Essex Police read: “Following allegations received about two Essex County Cricket players involved in match irregularities, we have initiated an investigation and are working closely with Essex County Cricket Club and the English Cricket Board.” The Press Association understood the allegations to be related to betting, but there was no official comment from the county or the England and Wales Cricket Board. Essex Police refused to name the players under investigation.

■SOCCER

Threat made for World Cup

FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said there had been a terrorist threat to the World Cup, but it would not stop organizers from holding the month-long soccer tournament. Valcke commented on Friday on writings in an online magazine that talked about “how beautiful” it would be if a bomb exploded at the match between the US and England in the city of Rustenburg. Valcke said FIFA had received information about the threat and World Cup organizers were working at “the highest level of security.” The comments appeared to come from a contributor to a militant e-magazine called Yearners for Paradise, not usual sites used by al-Qaeda and other groups to make threats. In the article, the author said he was not a spokesman for al-Qaeda.

■BOXING

Zaveck retains title

Slovenia’s Jan Zaveck on Friday retained his International Boxing Federation welterweight crown with a 12th-round technical knockout of challenger Rudolpho Martinez of Argentina in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Zaveck, 34, making his first defense since winning the title in December, now has 29 wins under his belt, including 16 knockouts, for just one defeat.

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