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ICE HOCKEY

Versteeg traded to Flyers

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Kris Versteeg to Philadelphia in exchange for the Flyers’ first and third-round picks in this year’s draft, the teams said on Monday. Versteeg, acquired in June last year in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks, played 53 games for the Maple Leafs this season, recording 14 goals and 21 assists. The Flyers lead the Atlantic Division with 77 points, three ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Toronto has 52 points and is in fourth place in the five-team Northeast Division.

RUGBY UNION

Giteau to join Toulon: report

Australia playmaker Matt Giteau has agreed to join French side Toulon after this year’s Rugby World Cup, a report said yesterday. The 91-cap veteran has agreed terms for an 18-month contract, leaving the door open for a possible return for the British and Irish Lions’ trip to Australia in 2013, the Australian newspaper said. Giteau, 28, would join English flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson, former New Zealand prop Carl Hayman and former Western Force teammate Matt Henjak at Toulon, who are currently fourth in the French top division. Giteau will lead out the ACT Brumbies for their first Super 15 match against Waikato Chiefs in Canberra on Saturday.

BASEBALL

Bonds’ lawyers seek ban

Barry Bonds’ attorneys are seeking to keep details about the baseball player’s temper from the jury. On Monday, they asked the US federal judge overseeing the perjury case to bar testimony from Bonds’ former girlfriend, his doctor and others that the former San Francisco Giant berated people and treated his former personal trainer disrespectfully. The defense team also wants to bar testimony about Bonds’ relationships with a Playboy magazine model and with his second wife. Those requests were contained in several court documents that Bonds’ attorneys and prosecutors filed on Monday seeking to limit what the other side shows the jury during the trial scheduled to start on March 21.

GOLF

Woods sorry for spitting

Tiger Woods apologized on Monday in a Twitter message for spitting on the 12th green during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic, an act which brought a fine from the European Tour. Tournament director Mike Stewart reviewed the incident, seen worldwide on television and on YouTube, and decided that the former world No. 1 and 14-time major champion had broken the tour code of conduct. “The Euro Tour is right — it was inconsiderate to spit like that and I know better. Just wasn’t thinking and I want to say I’m sorry,” Woods wrote in a message posted on the microblogging site. Woods failed to end a 15-month victory drought, firing a final-round 75 to finish in a share of 20th place, seven strokes behind winner Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

BASKETBALL

Brawl stops women’s game

A physical altercation between the women’s teams from Bethune-Cookman University and Maryland-Eastern Shore led officials to suspend the basketball game with 16 minutes, 22 left in the second half. Game officials, security and both coaching staffs eventually broke up the melee on the court, sending the teams to their locker rooms. Officially the game was stopped because of unsportsmenlike behavior on both teams. -Bethune--Cookman was leading 32-21 when play was halted.

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