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SPORTS BRIEFS

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AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Elliott denies violence

Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott has denied an accusation of domestic violence by a former girlfriend in Ohio. A woman who said she used to live with Elliott filed a report with the Columbus Police Department on Friday, accusing the former Ohio State University star of assaulting her. She told police that she had pain in her right wrist and a red mark, but had declined medical treatment, according to the report. Elliott, who turned 21 years old on Friday, denied the accusations as well as the accuser’s claim that they lived together. The player has not been arrested or charged with any crime. Elliott’s father, Stacy Elliott, released a statement on Friday, saying: “The reported allegations and internet postings regarding our son are completely false. Ezekiel has done nothing wrong. The police have investigated this matter and eyewitnesses have verified the lack of any wrongdoing.”

SPORTS SCIENCE

Banned biochemist shot at

A sports scientist banned from working in Australia’s top two professional leagues in the wake of a scandal over the use of peptides has suffered a minor injury after shots were fired at his home in Melbourne, Australia, local media reported yesterday. Stephen Dank, 52, was discharged from hospital early yesterday after being treated for a graze on his forehead caused by a fragment of a bullet fired at his house in Ascot Vale in the early hours of the morning, ABC reported. Biochemist Dank was at the center of scandals over supplements programs at Australian rules football club Essendon and rugby league team Cronulla Sharks, which resulted in bans for players and staff at both organizations. Victoria Police confirmed in a statement that they are investigating the firing of “several” shots at the house that injured a “52-year-old man” and that the “one other person” in the house had not been injured.

BASKETBALL

Boston not to host All-Stars

Boston is apparently out of the running for next year’s NBA All-Star game, which became available after the league decided to move the event out of Charlotte, North Carolina. A spokeswoman for the TD Garden told the Boston Globe on Friday that the arena where the Boston Celtics play would be unable to host the game in February next year because of a scheduling conflict. Democratic US House of Representatives Speaker Robert DeLeo on Thursday wrote a tweet urging the NBA to play the game in Massachusetts, where lawmakers recently approved a transgender rights law. The league pulled the game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people.

SKIING

Austria faces lawsuit

The European Commission is taking Austria to the Court of Justice of the European Union for discriminating against foreign ski instructors. In the southern province of Tyrol, for example, foreign instructors are not allowed to accept clients who were already in Austria. The commission also criticized the Styria region for not accepting some foreign ski instructor qualifications. “Such requirements are contrary to EU law,” it said in a statement. Tyrol Governor Guenther Platter said he would first analyze the lawsuit before taking any further steps. “We will not accept that foreign ski schools will lower security and quality standards which we in Tyrol have built up over decades,” Platter said in a statement.

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