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Break­ers bow to Kings

Syd­ney NBL star An­drew Bogut had a rel­a­tively quiet time but was still in­flu­en­tial in the old school bat­tle of the big men against Shawn Long last night as the Kings beat the New Zealand Break­ers 100-92. Long scored 20 points to match Kevin Lisch in the game at Home­bush but only seven of those came in the sec­ond half. The Break­ers threatened in the third quar­ter but the Kings drew away in the last quar­ter to ce­ment their po­si­tion at the top of the ta­ble. The Break­ers re­main in sixth po­si­tion on the lad­der. Long picked up 10 re­bounds while Bogut notched nine.

Al-At­tiyah in lead

Driver Nasser Al-At­tiyah and rider Ricky Brabec dom­i­nated the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally yes­ter­day to lead their cat­e­gories over­all. AlAt­tiyah strength­ened his lead to nearly nine min­utes over Stephane Peter­hansel af­ter out­du­elling the French­man by nearly two min­utes on the split 351km route of val­leys and fesh-fesh — fine dust — be­tween Are­quipa and Tacna. Nani Roma was nearly 21 min­utes back in third, fol­lowed by Jakub Przy­gon­ski (22 min­utes), Yazeed Al Ra­jhi (nearly 25 min­utes) and Se­bastien Loeb (50 min­utes), who suf­fered three punc­tures and came to the fin­ish on a punc­tured tire.

Ron­aldo DNA re­quest

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo is be­ing asked by po­lice to pro­vide a DNA sam­ple in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a Nevada woman’s al­le­ga­tion that he raped her in his Las Ve­gas ho­tel pent­house in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet, the Ju­ven­tus foot­ball star’s lawyer and Las Ve­gas po­lice said yes­ter­day. Attorney Peter S. Chris­tiansen down­played the devel­op­ment, de­nied the rape al­le­ga­tion and called ev­i­dence col­lec­tion com­mon in any in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Po­lice said in a state­ment that an of­fi­cial re­quest has been sub­mit­ted to Ital­ian au­thor­i­ties for a DNA sam­ple from the su­per­star player. Of­fi­cer Laura Meltzer, a depart­ment spokes­woman, said the re­quest in­volved a war­rant.

Wada start process

World Anti-Dop­ing Agency ex­perts have started the process of copy­ing data from a Moscow lab­o­ra­tory that could im­pli­cate nu­mer­ous Rus­sian ath­letes in past drug cases. Wada de­manded in Septem­ber that Rus­sia turn over the data by De­cem­ber 31 in re­turn for lift­ing a nearly three-year sus­pen­sion of Rus­sia’s na­tional an­ti­dop­ing agency. Many Western ath­letes and or­gan­i­sa­tions crit­i­cised Wada for let­ting Rus­sia pro­vide data af­ter the dead­line. An ear­lier Wada del­e­ga­tion left Moscow emp­ty­handed in De­cem­ber af­ter Rus­sian of­fi­cials al­leged its equip­ment wasn’t cer­ti­fied un­der Rus­sian law.

Ar­nau­tovic wants out

Marko Ar­nau­tovic’s fu­ture at West Ham is mired in un­cer­tainty af­ter the English Premier League club’s star player ex­pressed his de­sire to take up a lu­cra­tive of­fer from China. A state­ment re­leased by Ar­nau­tovic’s brother Dani­jel, who also acts as his rep­re­sen­ta­tive, to Bri­tish broad­caster talkSport says the Aus­tria for­ward “wants to go to a new mar­ket and chal­lenge for ti­tles” and that “it is his great de­sire that West Ham ac­cept the of­fer from China”. It wasn’t dis­closed which Chi­nese club has made the of­fer for Ar­nau­tovic. West Ham re­sponded by say­ing Ar­nau­tovic “has a con­tract and we fully ex­pect him to hon­our it. He is not for sale.”

LeBron still in­jured

LeBron James will be side­lined for at least an­other week with the groin in­jury he suf­fered dur­ing the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers' win over the Golden State War­riors. James will miss the game against Utah, his for­mer Cleve­land team and the meet­ing with Chicago, at a min­i­mum. The news is a blow to the Lak­ers, who have gone 3-5 in James' ab­sence and are cling­ing to the eighth and fi­nal play­off spot in the Western Con­fer­ence.

NRL star in sex tape leak

The Bull­dogs have is­sued a state­ment af­ter a sex tape al­legedly in­volv­ing Queens­land State of Ori­gin and Roost­ers NRL premier­ship-winning for­ward Dy­lan Napa emerged yes­ter­day. The new Bull­dogs re­cruit can be seen in the video en­gag­ing in sex acts with an uniden­ti­fied woman. Napa’s new club says the mat­ter has been re­ferred to the NRL’s in­tegrity unit. The footage was taken by an uniden­ti­fied third party in the same room. It is un­clear when the footage was taken but in a state­ment re­leased by the Bull­dogs, the club claim it was filmed sev­eral years ago. The leaked im­ages were heav­ily posted on so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day.

Quad Se­ries show­down

Aus­tralian netball coach Lisa Alexan­der is ex­cited about a Quad Se­ries show­down with their new arch ri­vals, Eng­land. The Di­a­monds open their cam­paign against fifth-ranked South Africa on Mon­day in Liver­pool, the venue for the World Cup in midJuly. They must then wait nearly a week be­fore back-to-back tests against New Zealand and Eng­land in London, the sort of rapid-fire cli­max they can ex­pect when their world ti­tle goes on the line.

Ed­die Jones de­fended

Full­back Mike Brown has de­fended Ed­die Jones' train­ing meth­ods af­ter fig­ures re­vealed play­ers are more likely to be se­verely in­jured dur­ing ses­sions con­ducted on his watch as Eng­land rugby coach. Jones was heav­ily crit­i­cised last year for the num­ber of ca­su­al­ties sus­tained in prac­tise, ig­nit­ing a row with Bath owner Bruce Craig in the wake of prop Beno Obano suffering se­ri­ous knee dam­age at a camp in Brighton.

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