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Rogge hopeful of torch route consensus
NEW DELHI, India
IOC President Jacques Rogge is hopeful that China and Taiwan will reach an agreement over the contentious 2008 Beijing Games torch route. Beijing courted a political confrontation with Taiwan by including the self-governed island as the stop before Hong Kong in the torch relay schedule, a move that Taiwan rejected.
"I think we have only to judge for the route when it takes place, nothing is final," Rogge told reporters yesterday.
"The Chinese organizers proposed to the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee to have the flame, they had accepted that, and changed their minds now, and who can say that is final, so I won't comment on the issue.
"Sports is a way to unite people, I think we have seen that extremely clearly in South Korea," he said.
"Speaking of the period 1985-86 before 88 Games (Seoul), Korea was in the midst of student protests, union protests and demonstrations in the streets.
"The magic, the dynamics of the Games is such that Korean society had peace and harmony and the Games were held perfectly...this is very positive and this is something we are seeing in many many countries. Sports is a force for the good."
Steroids case
SAN FRANCISCO, California
A onetime New York Mets employee pleaded guilty to distributing steroids and human growth hormone to "dozens" of major league baseball players, prosecutors said Friday.
Kirk J. Radomski pleaded guilty on Friday to one count each of distribution of a controlled substance (anabolic steroids) and money laundering," U.S. attorney Scott N. Schools said in a statement.
The guilty plea is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Radomski, 37, worked as a clubhouse assitant while with the Mets from 1985-1995. According to court documents his involvement in steroids began about the time he left the club.
"In pleading guilty, Mr. Radomski admitted to distributing anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, including Human Growth Hormone and Clenbuterol, as well as amphetamines, to dozens of current and former Major League Baseball players, and associates, on teams throughout Major League Baseball," Schools said.
Juve closer to Serie A
ROME, Italy
Disgraced former Italian champions Juventus moved a step closer to a swift return to the top flight with a 1-0 Serie B victory at Verona on Friday.
French defender Jean-Alain Boumsong scored the only goal in the 43rd minute, heading home Alessandro Del Piero's corner kick.
The Turin-based side tops the table with 72 points from 35 matches played, eight ahead of Genoa, which climbed above Napoli into second place after their 2-1 win at home to Treviso.
Boxer Morrison out
HOUSTON, Texas
Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison was pulled from a scheduled bout Friday night because state government officials didn't get the results of lab tests in time.
Dick Cole, boxing administrator for the state's Department of Licensing and Regulation, said a Houston doctor, Jorge Guerrero, examined Morrison on Thursday and cleared him to fight. But Guerrero never filed the paperwork required by the agency, Cole said.
Morrison told Houston television station KRIV he was stunned when he learned the fight was canceled. "I've done everything I was asked," Morrison said. "These blood tests can take up to eight days. Yet they bring me in here five days before the fight. It almost feels like a setup."
The 38-year-old Morrison is attempting to come back after an 11-year retirement following the discovery that he had contracted the virus blamed for causing AIDS. Morrison claims he has taken several AIDS virus tests during his comeback bid and all have been negative.


Updated : 2021-07-30 03:26 GMT+08:00