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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Player recovers

BAYONNE, France - Bayonne back-row forward Francois Carrillo's condition was improving on Sunday after he was hospitalised following what appeared to be a heart problem in the warm-up before Saturday's Top 14 match with Mont-de-Marsan. The 24-year-old - who is a squad member and rarely first choice — collapsed after taking the ball at a line out a few minutes before the end of the warm-up session, an AFP journalist witnessed. A heart specialist team gave Carrillo cardiac massage before the player was taken to hospital.

Legal action

LONDON - Lance Armstrong is being sued for more than $US1.5 million ($F2.63million) by a British newspaper which lost a libel action for publishing doping allegations against the now-disgraced cyclist. The Sunday Times paid Armstrong STG300,000 ($F849,808 ) in 2006 to settle a case after it reprinted claims from a book in 2004 that he took performance-enhancing drugs. But this year, the US Anti-Doping Agency found that Armstrong led a massive doping program on his teams. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life. The Sunday Times announced in an article in its latest edition that it has issued legal papers against Armstrong.

Police assault

ROME - The brother of Italian striker Mario Balotelli was placed under house arrest on Sunday for allegedly assaulting two police officers during a street brawl, Italian media reported. Enoch Barwuah, the young brother of Manchester City's wayward star, faces charges of assault and resisting arrest after getting into a fight late Saturday outside a nightclub in Bagnolo Mella, in the province of Brescia. Barwuah was reportedly shirtless and barefoot when police arrived outside the club following a brawl, and assaulted two officers, the reports said.

Guptill century

EAST LONDON, South Africa - Martin Guptill hit an unbeaten century as New Zealand squared their Twenty20 international series against South Africa by winning the second match by eight wickets at Buffalo Park on Sunday. Guptill hit the last ball of the match for four off Rory Kleinveldt to finish with 101 not out off 69 balls as New Zealand reached a target of 169 in a match reduced to 19 overs a side after a floodlight failure. The third and final match is in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

Winning return

LOS ANGELES - Steve Nash made a triumphant NBA return for the Los Angeles Lakers and now the perennial contenders hope they can finally live up to pre-season expectations as a championship threat. Nash scored 12 points and passed out nine assists in 41 minutes on the court as the Lakers defeated host Golden State 118-115 in over-time on Saturday. He had missed the previous 24 games with a broken left leg.

Three-way tie

PARIS - Marseille remained in a three-way tie for the lead of Ligue 1 on Sunday after a 1-0 win over St Etienne, extending the visitors' miserable record at Stade Velodrome where they haven't won since 1979. The only goal of the game came in first-half stoppage time when Ghana striker Andre Ayew headed in a pinpoint, right-wing cross from Rod Fanni.

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