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Lois Goodman (centre) is taken into custody.

Goodman goes to jail

NEW YORK – Top lawn tennis umpire Lois Goodman has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her husband.

Goodman, who has officiated at some of the biggest stages for decades in games involving the likes of John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Roger Federer and the Williams sisters, was already in New York City for next week’s U.S. Open where she was to serve as a line judge.

The 70-year-old Goodman was met yesterday with a felony arrest warrant from her hometown of Los Angeles, where police and prosecutors say she beat her 80-year-old husband to death with a coffee mug in April.

Her profile said Goodman and her husband, Alan Goodman, had owned a Southern California auto parts business since the early 1960s and had three daughters.

Goodman died on April 12 at the couple’s condominium in the Woodland Hills neighbourhood.

She told police at the time her husband’s death appeared to have been an accident and she had been out all day refereeing a tennis match.


Bartolo Colon

Colon fails testosterone test

OAKLAND – The Oakland Athletics’ bid to snap a six-year playoff drought was dealt a severe blow today as former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for testosterone.

The suspension of Colon, 39, who has a team-leading 10 wins this season for an Oakland squad that is sitting a half game out in the American League wild-card race, is effective immediately.

A native of the Dominican Republic and the American League’s Cy Young winner in 2005 as top pitcher, Colon was hit with the ban for violating MLB’s drug prevention and treatment program.

Colon will miss Oakland’s final 40 games of the 2012 regular season and the first 10 games of the postseason should his team qualify. Any remaining games of the suspension would be served in a future season.

Oakland are second in the American League West division, five games behind the pacesetting Texas Rangers, but could also reach the playoffs if they can catch either the Tampa Bay Rays or Baltimore Orioles in the wild-card race.

Colon is a former All-Star with the Cleveland Indians (1998) and the Los Angeles Angels (2005).


Three Jordanians facing sex offence charges

LONDON – Three members of Jordan’s paralympic squad were charged with sex offences in Northern Ireland today and released on bail after their embassy promised they would return to court.

The King of Jordan had taken a personal interest in the case, a representative of the Jordanian embassy in London said during the proceedings in Coleraine, Co Londonderry.

The two wheelchair-bound power lifters and a trainer were arrested on Monday evening and accused of sexual offences involving two women and two underage girls, the court heard.

Weightlifter Omar Sami Qaradhi was charged with three counts of sexual assault and one of voyeurism on Wednesday. Two of the alleged assaults were against children.

His colleague Motaz Al-Junad faced one sexual assault charge. Trainer Faisal Hammash was charged with two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual acts.


Bans reduced for Korean badminton players

SEOUL – The four South Korean badminton players who purposely tried to lose their last group matches at the London Olympics had their bans reduced to six months today.

The association’s disciplinary committee had earlier proposed banning the two women’s doubles pairs from international and domestic play for two years after they were ejected from the Olympics for trying to deliberately lose in order to manipulate the knockout rounds. The players appealed for leniency.

The badminton association is to report its decision to the Korean Olympic Committee.

The players’ two coaches are barred from working for the national team for four years, according to an association statement. The disciplinary committee had previously proposed expelling them from the association, which would have meant a ban from any formal badminton-related jobs.

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