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SPORTS BRIEFS

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BASKETBALL

Wage dispute continues

The NBA’s players union and owners appear no closer to resolving their wage differences before the June 30 expiry of the collective bargaining agreement after the League rejected the latest offer on Wednesday. Players have offered to reduce wages by US$500 million over a five-year period, while owners are looking for a minimum of US$2 billion a year in conjunction with a flexible salary cap. The NBA is also reportedly seeking funds that were held back in escrow from players’ salaries to ensure wages did not exceed 57 percent of league revenues. The players had expected those funds, approximately US$160 million, to be dished out as last year’s salaries are expected to fall below that threshold.

HOCKEY

Thomas, Perry net awards

Boston goalie Tim Thomas and Anaheim forward Corey Perry shared the spotlight at the 2011 NHL Awards on Wednesday. Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Thomas, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player last week, won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie for the second time in three seasons. Perry took home the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player, as voted by the media, and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the top goal scorer with 50 goals. Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom won his seventh Norris Trophy as the League’s best defenseman.

SOCCER

Fans clash with police

Hundreds of soccer fans clashed with police in the Tajik capital Dushanbe, the second outbreak of serious post-match rioting in barely a week, officials said yesterday. Forty fans were detained for hooliganism after a visiting team, Ravshan from the southeast of Tajikistan, won 3-2 over CSKA-Pomir of Dushanbe, authorities said. “Fans, excited by their team’s victory, left the stadium, blocked the traffic, threw rocks at police,” a source in the Ministry of the Interior said. Following the game on Wednesday night, young men ages between 14 and 18 beat up drivers, smashed several cars and a police van, hurled rocks into windows of nearby buildings, he said. At least one person was treated at a hospital. “The mob was stopped only after a police task force group arrived. Many ran away,” an eyewitness said, according to local reports.

SOCCER

Player carded for piercing

An amateur soccer player fell foul of the referee, and could incur the wrath of his mother, after failing to prove he had removed a piece of jewelry from an intimate body piercing during a match in Melbourne. Aaron Eccleston, who turned out for Old Hill Wanderers against Swinburne University reserves, was handed a second yellow card for the offense in the first half of last Sunday’s match. “During the first half, our player was struck in the groin by the ball, and left the field to receive attention,” a statement on the club Web site said. “At this point the referee became aware that he had a body piercing. He subsequently received two yellow cards, firstly for re-entering the field of play without the referee’s permission, and secondly for privacy reasons being unable to prove that he had removed the piercing.” The latter end of the incident was captured on amateur video and posted on the Internet. Eccleston, who describes himself on his Twitter page as a “disillusioned Mansfield Town fan, down under,” was shocked at how quickly the story had spread. “I don’t think my mum’s going to be particularly happy!” he tweeted.

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