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SPORTS BRIEFS

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GOLF

Golfers find bodies

Golfers at a Florida course heard gunshots on Tuesday, and when they investigated, found the bodies of two female victims. Leon County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lieutenant James McQuaig said the golfers spotted the bodies near Hilaman Golf Course in Tallahassee. The golfers heard two shots at about 5pm, he said. “They made the discovery,” McQuaig said. “They called 911 and they waited for us to get there.” The bodies were found in a grassy area between the golf course and an adjacent apartment complex, he said. The names of the victims had not been released on Tuesday night, and McQuaig did not have their ages. He said the golfers did not see anyone fleeing after the shots rang out. Autopsies on the victims were scheduled for yesterday, he said. The golf course is mostly lined with apartment complexes in Florida’s capital city.

RUGBY UNION

Refs for Lions games named

New Zealand’s Chris Pollock, South African Craig Joubert and France’s Romain Poite are to referee the Test matches in Australia during the British and Irish Lions tour in June and July. The International Rugby Board said on Tuesday that Pollock is to referee the first Test in Brisbane on June 22, with Joubert in charge of the second in Melbourne on the 29th and Poite the final Test in Sydney on July 6. Australian Steve Walsh is to take charge of the tour opener between the Lions and the Barbarians in Hong Kong on June 1. New Zealand’s Glen Jackson, South Africa’s Jaco Peyper and Frenchman Jerome Garces will also take charge of matches.

RUGBY LEAGUE

Sports scientist sues Sharks

Australian sports scientist Stephen Dank is suing the Cronulla Sharks for defamation over claims that he “injected players with horse drugs,” reports said yesterday. Dank’s lawyers filed a claim against the National Rugby League club in the New South Wales Supreme Court, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and other media said. It alleges that ex-club chairman Damien Irvine made defamatory comments about Dank “to the effect that he injected Sharks players with horse drugs.” The court confirmed the documents were lodged on Tuesday, but said they would not be made public until the defense was filed, a process which could take a month or more. Dank’s solicitor Raed Rahal said in a statement that he would be alleging that the Sharks club was “legally responsible” for Irvine’s words, the Telegraph said. Irvine stepped down after making the comments, saying Cronulla had been under intense pressure since being mentioned in a wide-ranging Australian Crime Commission report into doping in sport.

OLYMPICS

Stadium roof has problems

Brazilian authorities have closed the main stadium for the 2016 Rio Olympics because of roof problems, the city’s mayor said. The Joao Havelange Stadium — due to host athletics competitions during the Games — will be “closed indefinitely” until the matter is resolved, Eduardo Paes told reporters on Tuesday. After being informed of the problems, Paes said he asked if they represented a risk for fans. “The answer was yes,” Paes said in remarks quoted by the O Globo newspaper. “We cannot play around with an issue like this.” The stadium will not be used for soccer’s Confederations Cup in June or the 2014 World Cup. The stadium has the capacity to hold 47,000 people, with authorities planning to increase that number for the Olympics.

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