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SPORTS BRIEFS

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BOXING

Police release Chisora

British heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora was released on Sunday after nearly seven hours of questioning by Munich police following his brawl with former WBA champion David Haye at a post-fight news conference. A black van carried the boxer and his coach, Don Charles, from police headquarters, speeding past assembled photographers. “He still faces a charge of simple assault, but he is allowed to return to England for now,” police spokesman Gottfried Schlicht said. Chisora and fellow Londoner Haye came to blows after Chisora’s defeat by unanimous decision to Vitali Klitschko in their WBC title fight. Charles also faces a charge of assault for his involvement in the melee. Schlicht said more serious charges were reduced when police were unable to apprehend Haye, despite searching for the boxer at his hotel. “We don’t know where he is,” Schlicht said. Chisora and Charles were both detained at Munich airport at 10:30am and taken in for questioning to Munich police headquarters. Chisora was initially held on suspicion of assault, causing grievous bodily harm and of making a threat. Chisora was heard vowing to shoot Haye. British Boxing Board of Control General Secretary Robert Smith says Chisora and Haye could face a life ban from the sport.

CRICKET

Australia drops Ponting

Ricky Ponting was dropped from the Australia team because of poor form yesterday with selectors indicating a possible end to the career of the second-most prolific batsmen of all time in one-day internationals. The 37-year-old, who captained Australia until last year’s World Cup and took over as temporary skipper for the last two one-dayers in the absence of the injured Michael Clarke, made just 18 runs in five games in the Tri-series against India and Sri Lanka. Inverarity said Ponting would take time to decide on his future and may opt to retire from one-dayers. He added that he hoped Ponting would remain available for Test cricket.

ICE HOCKEY

James Neal signs big deal

Pittsburgh Penguins All-Star left wing James Neal has capitalized on a standout season by signing a six-year, US$30 million contract extension, the NHL team said on Sunday. The deal, which will keep Neal under contract through the 2017-2018 season, has an average annual value of US$5 million, the Penguins said. Neal is tied for third in the league for goals scored (30) and has 56 points in 58 games. Both are career highs for the 24-year-old, who could have become a restricted free agent on July 1. He also leads the league in shots on goal (242) and is tied for first in power-play goals (13).

BASKETBALL

ESPN fires writer of slur

The cable television sports network ESPN fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline about Knicks basketball sensation Jeremy Lin. The headline on Friday on ESPN’s mobile Web site, “Chink in the Armor,” was used for a story about a New York loss in which Lin had nine turnovers. The headline was an idiom that contains a word that can also be used as a slur against Chinese. “I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever, but [at] the same time, they have apologized. And so from my end I don’t care anymore,” Lin said after leading the Knicks to a 104-97 win over Dallas on Sunday. “Have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not.” In a statement Sunday, ESPN apologized for that headline and said it is aware of two other “offensive and inappropriate” comments.

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