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SPORTS BRIEFS

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BOXING

Boxer Khan meets royalty

Boxing star Amir Khan met Prince Charles on Tuesday and discovered that the heir to the British throne had sustained more injuries playing polo than the former world champion had suffered in the ring. The pair met in Sunderland, England, where the Prince of Wales was visiting a National Citizen Service project backed by Khan where youngsters help older people learn to use social media. “We had a bit of a chat about boxing and we had a chat about his polo and how many injuries we’d had. He’d had more injuries in that than I have in boxing,” Olympic silver medallist Khan said. Charles, 66, broke his right arm after falling off his polo horse in 1990. He was also left unconscious following another fall during a charity match in 2001. By contrast, Khan has won 30 of his 33 professional fights and so far avoided serious injury.

SWIMMING

Brazilian fails dope test

The Brazilian short-course relay team might lose three gold medals after swimmer Joao Gomes failed a dope test from last month’s world championships, Brazilian TV reported on Tuesday. The urine test taken at the Doha world championships, where breaststroker Gomes helped win the 200m medley, 400m medley and the 200m mixed medley relay titles, reportedly revealed a masking agent. The Brazilian swimming authority said it hoped to prove the presence of the masking agent was due to accidental contamination, Globo TV reported. Gomes helped the team qualify for the finals, but did not take part in any of the finals himself. However, the team could be stripped of the medals concerned and Gomes could face a four-year ban.

SOCCER

Japan captain ‘a bit dim’

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has shown impeccable leadership in steering the Blue Samurai through the group stages, but he is also, according to Eiji Kawashima, “a bit dim.” The goalkeeper gently teased his captain as he said: “He’s a superb leader and has really grown into the captaincy. But I went out for a walk yesterday to buy him a birthday present and he wanted to come with me, so I couldn’t get him anything. At times like that you want him to be more switched on.”

SOCCER

Once bitten, twice shy

He was dubbed “Rottweiler” by Alex Ferguson, but Iran coach Carlos Queiroz is once bitten, twice shy after being fined for slamming refereeing at the Asian Cup. Queiroz, after being hit with a US$3,000 sanction for criticizing a referee, kept his counsel when asked about Brisbane’s shoddy pitch. “I don’t want to make comments about the pitch, the players, the opponents, the referees, or the AFC, the weather in Australia, nothing, because in my life usually when I give my opinions ... you usually pay for that, so I don’t want to be in that position,” he said.

SOCCER

14 seconds to immortality

The head of the United Arab Emirates’ football association said Ali Mabkhout’s name would reverberate through the ages after he scored after just 14 seconds against Bahrain. After combing through nearly 60 years of results and statistics, officials confirmed Mabkhout’s goal as the fastest recorded in Asian Cup history. What’s more, he outdid Fathi Kameel, a player for Gulf neighbors Kuwait who scored a lightning strike in 1976. “We are delighted. It’s enough that Fathi Kameel of Kuwait was the record holder for over 30 years,” Yousef Al Serkal was reported as saying. “Now Ali Mabkhout’s name will be immortalized, and with it will be the name of the Emirates.”

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