Sport Briefs

AGENCIES

Wed, Oct 07, 2009 - Page 19

■SOCCER

Police seize Ribery files

Police searched the headquarters of French soccer team Olympique Marseille (OM) on Monday and seized documents relating to Franck Ribery’s transfer from Galatasaray to OM in 2005, a police source said yesterday. Marseille prosecutors launched an investigation last year after Ribery’s agent filed a complaint against the player and Marseille for alleged irregularities related to Ribery’s transfer from the Turkish side. France forward Ribery left OM for Bayern Munich in 2007.

■BASEBALL

Bid to block book rejected

A New York judge has rejected a bid by a cryonics foundation to block the release of a book that alleges Hall of Fame member Ted Williams’ severed head was mistreated at its Arizona facility. State Supreme Court Judge James Yates issued an order on Monday saying that Larry Johnson can discuss and promote his book, the New York Daily News reported. Johnson is the author of Frozen and a former executive at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation. Johnson claims a technician took baseball-like swings at Williams’ frozen head with a wrench. Claudia Williams, the youngest child of the Red Sox star, issued a statement through an attorney saying she was “horrified and shocked” by Yates’ decision. The last player to hit over .400 in a season, Williams died in 2002 at age 83 and had his remains sent to Alcor for cryogenic storage.

■ATHLETICS

Semenya must go on: ANC

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) says champion runner Caster Semenya should continue in women’s athletics regardless of any gender tests. Party spokesman Jackson Mthembu said on Monday that Semenya had been brought up as a girl and should therefore “continue to run as a woman.” Semenya won the 800m at the world championships in August in Berlin. Before the final, the International Association of Athletics Federations said it had ordered gender tests. The ANC has set up a group to support Semenya, who it said in a statement has been “victimized and subjected to unnecessary public scrutiny.” Former president Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a prominent ANC figure and lawmaker, is to head the support group.

■MOTOR RACING

Fans limited to 24 beers

Fans at one of Australia’s most popular motor sport races, the Bathurst 1000, will be limited to one “slab” of beer a day — or two dozen 375ml cans — as police focus on reducing alcohol-related crime. The 24-can rule would also be placed on mixed drinks for the V8 car race starting tomorrow in the rural town of Bathurst in eastern New South Wales state, police said yesterday. More restrained spectators will be able to slake their thirst with up to 36 cans of low or mid-strength beer. Wine lovers must make do with no more than 4 litres of cask wine per day and combinations of the options would not be allowed, the police statement said. The race runs from Thursday to Sunday.

■SOCCER

Italy into U20 quarters

Italy booked its place in the quarter-finals of the Under-20 World Cup in Cairo on Monday, beating 10-man Spain 3-1, while South Korea also advanced with a 3-0 victory over Paraguay. Spain had eased through its group games without conceding a goal, but struggled on Monday after losing Alberto Botia in the 28th minute for a foul on Andrea Mazzarani.