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SPORTS BRIEFS

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OLYMPICS

Brazilians seek 1.2m tickets

Brazilians have applied for about 1.2 million tickets for next year’s Rio Olympics a week after tickets went on sale, organizers said on Tuesday. The organizing committee said residents of the host nation had applied from around the country for all sports, with the most popular events to date being volleyball, soccer — which is being held in six cities — and basketball. In all, 7.2 million tickets are to be sold and last week saw the start of a two-stage lottery for applications via the official Web site. About 70 percent of the tickets for the first Olympic Games to be held in South America are to be reserved for residents of Brazil.

SOCCER

Arango suspended over bite

Former Venezuela international Juan Arango has been suspended for two matches for biting an opponent in the Mexican league last weekend. A local disciplinary commission banned the veteran Tijuana playmaker after TV images showed he bit Monterrey midfielder Jesus Zavala on the left shoulder during a game on Saturday. Tijuana officials on Tuesday said that the club also punished Arango for his actions, but they did not say how. The referee and the rest of the officiating crew did not see the incident during the match in northern Mexico. The 34-year-old Arango, who played for Mallorca in Spain and Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany, participated in five Copa America editions with Venezuela.

RUGBY LEAGUE

Two suspended after uproar

Canterbury Bulldogs captain James Graham and forward David Klemmer have been suspended after pleading guilty to “contrary conduct” charges against a National Rugby League referee, which led to dozens of water bottles being thrown at match officials at Sydney’s Olympic stadium on Friday last week. South Sydney won the match 18-17 after referee Gerard Sutton awarded a last-minute penalty to the Rabbitohs. Graham, who received a four-match ban on Tuesday, and Klemmer, suspended for three games, verbally abused Sutton when the match ended. Sutton and the other match officials had to be shielded from the bottles by security staff as they left the pitch. One official sustained a broken shoulder when he fell trying to avoid a bottle.

SWIMMING

Phelps to return at Mesa

Michael Phelps is scheduled to return to competition next week in Arizona after serving a six-month suspension following a drunken-driving conviction, USA Swimming said on Tuesday. Phelps is to be joined by Olympic gold medalists and world-record holders Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte at the April 15-18 Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa. “My suspension is finally up! Time to get back in the pool and race again! Looking forward to #mesa !!” Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, said on Twitter.

RUGBY UNION

World Cup referees revealed

Welshman Nigel Owens headed a list of 12 referees to officiate at the World Cup in September and October, which was announced by World Rugby on Tuesday. France lead the way with three referees, while there are also two from England, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland, as well as Owens from Wales. Owens is the most experienced having officiated 60 tests in his career, followed by England’s Wayne Barnes (57), South Africa’s Craig Joubert (55) Frenchman Romain Poite (39) and Ireland’s George Clancy (38).

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