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FOOTBALL

Sharper faces rape charges

A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 16 for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper on charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub. Arizona, which has charged Sharper in a similar case, wants to extradite him there for trial. He has also been investigated in Louisiana, Nevada and Florida. However, in May authorities in Florida found insufficient evidence to pursue charges there. He has pleaded not guilty in California, and he and his lawyers have denied the allegations in the other states. Prosecutors said outside court the preliminary hearing will take about two weeks. They are seeking to show there is sufficient evidence to order Sharper to stand trial. He is accused of giving women drugs and raping them while they were unconscious.

GOLF

Park leads Meijer Classic

Inbee Park took the second-round lead on Friday in the Meijer LPGA Classic in Belmont, Michigan, birdieing her first three holes en route to her second straight five-under 66. Park finished on the front nine, adding birdies on the par-five fifth and eighth holes in her bogey-free round at Blythefield Country Club. The third-ranked South Korean player won six times last year and took the Manulife Financial in June in Canada for her 10th LPGA Tour title. Suzann Pettersen was a stroke back. She matched the course record with a 64. South Korea’s Mirim Lee shot 64 to reach eight-under and Amy Yang was fourth at seven-under after a 67. Taiwan’s Candie Kung shot a 70 for a total two-over 144.

CYCLING

Majka leads Tour of Poland

Rafal Majka won on his home Tour of Poland for the second day running on Friday, triumphing on the sixth stage to seize the overall race lead from Czech rider Petr Vakoc. Just as he had on Thursday, Majka once again pipped Spanish duo Benat Intxausti and Ion Izaguirre to win the 174km ride around the Polish ski resort of Bukowina Tatrzanska. However, the climbing specialist Majka will face a tough task to hold onto his lead when the seven-stage race was to conclude yesterday with an individual time trial in Krakow.

RUGBY UNION

Woodcock out with injury

New Zealand prop Tony Woodcock requires shoulder surgery and will be out of rugby until next year. The 110-Test veteran suffered a shoulder injury near the end of the Super rugby season, but was thought likely to be available for the upcoming Rugby Championships. After a month of consultations, he has received medical advice that surgery is advisable. Woodcock is unlikely to return before next year’s Super rugby season and his place in the New Zealand squad for the Rugby Championships will be taken by young Crusaders prop Joe Moody. New Zealand was to play Australia in Sydney yesterday in the opening match of the Rugby Championships.

CRICKET

Kiwi’s bat drilled for drugs

New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham had a shock traveling through the US when his bat was drilled full of holes by customs officials. The 23-year-old, who was in transit between matches for his Caribbean Premier League team, the Guyana Amazon Warriors, tweeted a picture of his bat after its going-over. “Imagine if your cricket gear went through America and they drilled holes in your bat to look for drugs,” he wrote on his Twitter account, @JimmyNeesh. The photograph showed three holes drilled into the side of Neesham’s bat.

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