Sports News in Brief
Warriors fullback in court
WELLINGTON — Warriors fullback Kevin Locke has admitted another driving offence. The NRL club's chief executive Wayne Scurrah confirmed the 23-year-old had been charged with driving while disqualified on May 12 this year. Locke pleaded guilty to the charge in Auckland District Court on Tuesday but did not appear in court. Locke was disqualified from driving for a year and fined $NZ900 ($F1306.14) in January after admitting to two driving while suspended charges. He will be sentenced on December 6.
BRUSSELS — American cyclist Levi Leipheimer has been fired by the Omega Pharma-Quick Step cycling team after confessing to doping as part of the investigation that brought down Lance Armstrong. Leipheimer was Armstrong's teammate for five years during spells with the US Postal Service, Astana and RadioShack teams before joining Quick Step this season. The team said on Tuesday that Leipheimer's contract was terminated "in the light of the disclosures". The team commended the rider for "his open co-operation with USADA and contribution to cleaning up the sport of cycling". Leipheimer is serving a reduced six-month suspension for his doping violations.
Broncos league trial
BRISBANE — Brisbane will play on New Zealand's South Island for the first time after confirming they will take on the Warriors in a NRL pre-season trial in Dunedin. Officials hope the February 23 trial will be televised live by Fox Sports and be the curtain-raiser to the annual St George Illawarra-South Sydney Charity Shield clash. The Broncos will tackle the Warriors in the indoor arena, Forsyth Barr Stadium, which was completed in August last year for the Rugby World Cup and has a transparent roof. It will also mark the first time the Broncos have played under a roof since the 2009 preliminary final in Melbourne.
Jamaica honours Bolt
KINGSTON — Thousands of Jamaicans have packed the Caribbean island's national arena to honour the Caribbean island's Olympians and Paralympians. Sprinters Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the rest of Jamaica's athletes sang along with gospel and reggae songs at a special cultural event to honour the athletes who competed at the Olympic Games in London. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller thanked all the athletes, saying they showed there was "nothing that can stop a Jamaican when they are determined to succeed".