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SPORTS BRIEFS

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TUG-OF-WAR

Taiwanese teams win gold

Three Taiwanese teams won gold medals at the 2016 World Indoor Tug-of-War Championships in Volendam, the Netherlands, on Friday. One of the victories was clinched by a team made up of students from Taipei Jingmei Girls’ High School in the 500kg women’s senior event. The other two medals were won respectively by a team from National Nantou Senior High School in the 560kg men’s junior event, and a team from Chiao Tai High School and Taipei Jingmei Girls’ High School in the 600kg mixed event. The three medals on Friday brought Taiwan’s total count to six. Taiwan’s teams had won a gold medal in the 540kg women’s senior event and a gold and a silver medal in the 600kg men’s U23 event on Thursday.

ATHLETICS

Kenya willing to cooperate

Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts Hassan Wario on Friday moved to ease fears that the country’s track and field athletes would be kicked out of the Rio Olympics by insisting they will have a fully functional anti-doping body within two months. The move comes a week after the east African nation was placed on probation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after failing to prove it was doing enough to tackle its problems with doping in athletics. “The message to the world is that Kenya is very willing to work with WADA to ensure that we have a fully operational anti-doping agency, in place within the two-month framework we have been given,” Wario said. “We have been very transparent in our dealings with WADA on the setting of the Anti-Doping Association of Kenya, and we have a lot of confidence we will see the end to the process.”

BASEBALL

Agent arrested for trafficking

Bart Hernandez, a Miami-based agent for several MLB players from Cuba, was arrested on Friday after a federal grand jury indicted him on human trafficking charges. A report published on the league’s Web site said Hernandez, whose clients include Cuban-born slugger Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, was among the targets of a federal probe looking into methods used to bring defecting Cuban players into the US. Documents obtained by MLB’s Web site say that Seattle Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin was among the players Hernandez conspired to smuggle out of Cuba, the Communist island nation working to try and normalize relations with their US political rivals. The indictment says Hernandez conspired with Cuban smugglers Eliezer Lazo and Joel Martinez to bring Martin into the US. Hernandez faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted plus forfeiture of any property used in the effort.

SOCCER

De Rossi to miss match

Veteran Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is set to miss his side’s Champions League last 16, second leg against Real Madrid in three weeks due to a calf injury, the Serie A side said on Friday. The 32-year-old Italy international was injured during the dying stages of Roma’s 2-0 home leg defeat to Real on Wednesday and the club said he would need a month to recover. It is the fifth time De Rossi has injured the same calf in the past 18 months. He is likely to miss four or five Serie A games as well, with Roma currently fourth, just two points off the Champions League qualifying positions, but 10 points behind leaders and champions Juventus.

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