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SPORTS BRIEFS

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GOLF

Daly says pic caused injury

John Daly is suing organizers of the Honda Classic, claiming he injured himself while trying to stop his backswing after being distracted by a fan taking his picture while he was playing in the tournament. The two-time major winner filed a complaint in a Florida court on Wednesday seeking US$15,000 in damages, alleging he aggravated an old injury as a female patron took a flash picture of him during the 2007 edition of the tournament. Under the rules of entry for the tournament, spectators are prevented from taking cameras on to the course. Daly, who withdrew from the tournament, alleges that security was negligent because they allowed her on the course with a camera and failed to remove her after he told them she had a camera. In 2008, Daly smashed a spectator’s camera into a tree when the individual tried to take his photograph at the Australian Open in Sydney.

SOCCER

Ban for hooter shocker

The player who caused outrage by kicking an injured owl during a Colombian championship match was banned for two games and fined on Wednesday. The Colombian league ruled that Pereira defender Luis Moreno had provoked the crowd by kicking the bird which was regarded as a mascot by the fans of home team Atletico Junior. Moreno was fined 1,070,200 pesos (US$560) in addition to his ban following Sunday’s incident. The owl, which lived in the stadium roof, later died. The incident happened after the owl was hit by the ball, prompting the referee to stop play.

SOCCER

Schalke stun Bayern in Cup

Schalke 04 stunned holders Bayern Munich 1-0 with a goal from Raul to reach the German Cup final on Wednesday and improve their chances of playing European soccer next season. Schalke, lying 10th in the Bundesliga, will face second division Duisburg in Berlin in May after reaching the final for the first time since 2005. The defeat left last season’s domestic double winners Bayern with only the Champions League to fight for following a 3-1 Bundesliga defeat by Borussia Dortmund on Saturday that effectively ended their league title hopes. Visitors Schalke made the most of Bayern’s sloppy passing game in the first half to dominate in midfield. They threatened for the first time with a 14th-minute Raul volley. The Spaniard was on target a minute later when Benedikt Hoewedes headed on a corner and the 33-year-old striker drilled his header in from close range. Bayern upped the tempo from the start of the second half as Schalke fell back, going close through Arjen Robben but keeper Manuel Neuer twice denied the Dutchman. He denied Robben again before making his best save three minutes from time, stopping a Franck Ribery shot from 10m.

SOCCER

Hammers get stadium nod

The British government and the Mayor of London have formally approved West Ham’s bid to move into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games. The Premier League club was selected last month as the preferred tenant for the venue, beating a rival bid from Tottenham. The decision needed to be ratified by the government and Mayor Boris Johnson’s office, and the Department for Communities and Local Government granted that approval yesterday. West Ham plan to downsize the stadium from 80,000 to 60,000 seats and use it as a multipurpose venue.

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