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FOOTBALL

Ex-quarterback found dead

A former college football quarterback who went missing over the weekend has been found dead in Michigan. Lake County Undersheriff Dennis Robinson said Cullen Finnerty’s body was found on Tuesday. Robinson says the cause of death was not yet known, but authorities did not suspect foul play. Finnerty led Grand Valley State University to three Division II national titles and more than 50 wins during his four years as a starter in Allendale, Michigan, last decade. Authorities have said family members had expressed concern that the 30-year-old may have suffered “a mental episode” before going missing on Sunday while fishing along the Baldwin River.

GOLF

Turkish Open to see Woods

World No. 1 Tiger Woods is to compete in the inaugural Turkish Open in Antalya in November, the European Tour said on Tuesday. The US$7 million event at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course in Belek will form part of the new Final Series on the Race to Dubai, Europe’s lucrative end-of-season equivalent of the US Tour’s FedExCup competition. Fourteen-time major winner Woods also featured in last year’s unofficial World Golf Final in Turkey played at the nearby Antalya Golf Club. The Turkish Open is to be held from Nov. 7 to 10 and will have a 78-strong field.

SOCCER

Anti-racism app launched

English soccer’s main anti-racism organization is working on creating a mobile phone application for players to report abuse. Kick It Out yesterday released details of an app for fans to lodge complaints about racist abuse at matches from August. In a survey of 5,463 fans by Kick It Out, 75 percent said that discriminatory language and behavior among supporters is still a problem at matches in Britain. Almost half of fans reported hearing racist or homophobic taunts directed at players or match officials, with 73 percent calling for better stewarding at matches. “The majority of football fans have told Kick It Out they want action to get rid of discrimination at all levels of the game,” Kick It Out director Roisin Wood said. “These new reporting tools will allow fans to help clubs and the relevant authorities target instances of discriminatory behavior more consistently while maintaining healthy and vocal rivalries.” The app will be free on iPhone and Android devices, and the reports are sent to the clubs and the Football Association.

CRICKET

South Africans get physical

South Africa’s cricketers have turned to physical challenges in their bid for elusive limited-overs success in the Champions Trophy starting in England and Wales next week. Part of their preparations have taken place in Amsterdam, where they have taken on a bike challenge, canoed canals and clambered to the top of the city’s tallest building. The tasks, ahead of a one-day international against the Netherlands tomorrow, are part of a rigorous training camp that coach Gary Kirsten hopes will give the team an extra edge. The Proteas’ buildup has also included some testing physical work set by polar adventurer Mike Horn. Horn, who has walked around the equator, solo circumnavigated the Arctic Circle and walked to the North Pole in winter, last year had the South Africans climb a 3,000m peak in sub-zero temperatures and then made them mountain-bike back to their hotel. South Africa play India in Cardiff on June 6 in the opening match of the tournament, followed by matches against Pakistan and the West Indies.

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