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SPORTS BRIEFS

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BOXING

Khan’s charges dropped

World welterweight title contender Amir Khan of Britain will face no further action after being involved in an incident with two youths last week. “No further action will be taken against a 27-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of assault, following reports of an assault on Russell Street in Bolton on Friday 4 July,” Greater Manchester Police said in a statement on Monday. Khan was released on bail after being arrested in the early hours of Friday morning. He is hoping to challenge Floyd Mayweather Jr for the unbeaten American’s WBA and WBC titles.

FORMULA ONE

Schumacher hacker tracked

France has tracked down the IP address of the computer used by the alleged thief of Michael Schumacher’s medical records, prosecutors said on Monday, locating it in the Swiss helicopter firm that transported the injured Formula One champion. A doctors’ briefing on the motor-racing star’s treatment after he suffered a devastating ski accident in December last year was stolen and offered for sale for 50,000 euros (US$68,000) last month after he was transferred from hospital in the French city of Grenoble to a unit in Switzerland. French police opened a criminal probe into the theft of the document, which prosecutors said consists of several dozen pages that summarize the seven-time world champion’s treatment in Grenoble. A Zurich-based helicopter company, Rega, said on Monday that it had transported Schumacher, 45, to a clinic in Lausanne after he emerged from a coma, but said that it had “no knowledge of the investigation and had not been contacted by the authorities.”

BASEBALL

Attempted defectors fired

Villa Clara pitchers Diosdani Castillo and Yasmany Hernandez Romero have been indefinitely kicked out of their club after they recently attempted to defect, according to Cuban official media. The Vanguardia newspaper of Villa Clara Province said Castillo and Hernandez tried to leave the island about two weeks ago. “They will no longer wear the orange jersey following a grave indiscipline,” Vanguardia reported over the weekend. Villa Clara is the reigning champion of the Cuban baseball league, and orange is its signature color. Sports officials announced late last month that Castillo, Hernandez and several players from other clubs would be left off a national squad that is set to face a team of US collegians later this month.

SOCCER

‘Street World Cup’ starts

Forget the sumptuousness that surrounds the stars of this month’s World Cup in Brazil; young men and women from the fringes of society wearing mismatched shirts took center stage on Monday on the busy streets of Sao Paulo. A “Street Soccer World Cup” started on Monday in Brazil’s biggest city, with players from two dozen nations across the world all linked to movements seeking social change. The opening match of the week-long tournament was held at Largo da Batata, the scene last year of massive anti-World Cup protests attended by Brazilians angry at the event’s multibillion-dollar budget in a country lacking good quality services in key areas such as public health and education. The event is in many ways the World Cup of those living on the fringes of society and excluded from the official tournament being held in 12 Brazilian cities including Sao Paulo. On Monday, the atmosphere was festive and rivals even celebrated each other’s goals. Supported in the past by FIFA, this year’s “Street Soccer World Cup” was entirely financed with donations.

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