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RUGBY UNION

Antoine Burban out injured

Back-row forward Antoine Burban is to miss France’s last two Six Nations matches against Scotland and England due to a head injury, a statement by France said on Monday. The Stade Francais flanker has been replaced by uncapped La Rochelle 26-year-old Kevin Gourdon in an expanded 30-man training squad. Burban, 28, was injured against Wales a little more than a week ago when winning his fourth cap. He left the field looking groggy and, although he recovered in time to play for the French champions against Pau on Saturday, he took another knock to the head in the Top 14 clash. “Due to a trauma suffered this weekend ... and after a test today requested by the France and club [Stade Francais] medical staff, the club neurologist ordered a two week period of rest,” the statement said. Burban is to miss the trip to Scotland this weekend and a potential tournament decider at home to England on March 19.

RUGBY UNION

Cooper to play in Vancouver

Quade Cooper has been given permission by French club Toulon to continue his sevens education with Australia at this weekend’s Vancouver round of the World Series, the Australian Rugby Union said on yesterday. The former Wallabies flyhalf was originally freed up for just the Sydney and Las Vegas legs of the series, as he bids to secure a place in the squad for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August. The 27-year-old was deemed insufficiently prepared to play on home soil and finally made his debut in Las Vegas last weekend, helping Australia to the final. However, rather than head back to his Top 14 club this week, Cooper has been named in a 12-man Australia squad, which is to attempt to go one better in Vancouver this weekend.

SOCCER

FEF president to resign

Ecuadorean Football Federation (FEF) president Luis Chiriboga, who is under house arrest in connection with a massive FIFA corruption scandal, was to resign from his post yesterday, his lawyer said. Ecuadorean Attorney Juan Carlos Machuca, speaking on Ecuadoran radio on Monday, said that Chiriboga would submit his resignation to the board of the FEF. Chiriboga, 65, who has led the organization for the past 18 years, has been under house arrest since December last year and his bank accounts have been frozen in an expanding investigation. He is one of dozens of soccer executives across Latin America and around the world who have been implicated in a graft scandal that has rocked the world’s most popular sport. Thirty-nine people face US charges over more than US$200 million in bribes for soccer deals.

GOLF

Fowler nails hole-in-one

Rickie Fowler made a US$1 million hole-in-one for charity at an event hosted by Ernie Els in Florida on Monday. The world No. 5 Fowler aced the 103m “bonus” 19th hole to claim the prize money for the Els for Autism foundation. The American was immediately swamped by fans and fellow golfers, including Els and Rory McIlroy, and lifted into the air. “Pretty cool to be able to do that for Ernie and the foundation,” Fowler told the Golf Channel. “It is a small target. No one really expects it, because it is kind of a shot in the dark,” Fowler said. He has enjoyed a solid start to the season after capturing three world titles last year. He held off a strong field to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January, then suffered a playoff loss in Scottsdale, Arizona, last month before adding a pair of top-10 finishes since.

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