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Navratilova, Safin jarred by Agassi revelations

New Zealand defeat Australia 32-19 to equal Bledisloe Cup record

Chelsea thrash Bolton 4-0 to stay top in English Premier League

Navratilova, Safin jarred by Agassi revelations

New York (AP) - Grand Slam champions Martina Navratilova and Marat Safin say Andre Agassi should have owned up to a positive drug test when it happened 12 years ago.
Agassi’s upcoming autobiography contains an admission he used crystal meth in 1997 and failed a drug test - a result he says was thrown out after he lied by saying he “unwittingly” took the substance.

Andre Agassi talks during a news conference following his lost match against Australia’s Patrick Rafter at the U.S. Open in New York in this Sept. 2, 1997 file picture. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

“Shocking,” Navratilova told the Associated Press last Thursday from Sarasota, Florida, in a phone interview. “Not as much shock that he did it as shock he lied about it and didn’t own up to it. He owned up to it (in the book), but it doesn’t help now.”
According to an excerpt of Agassi’s autobiography “Open” published last Wednesday in The Times of London, he blamed the positive drug test on accidentally drinking a soda spiked with meth. Agassi wrote that the ATP accepted his explanation and threw out the case.
“Andre lied and got away with it,” Navratilova said. “You can’t correct that now. Do you take away a title he wouldn’t have won if he had been suspended? He beat some people when he should have been suspended.”
Safin said the eight-time Grand Slam champion should have spoken up at the time of the positive test or kept his mouth shut.
“One should know how to be silent, but if you are so smart you should have spoken up earlier,” Safin said of Agassi after reaching the quarterfinals at the St. Petersburg Open.
“You will never live to see such revelations from me.
“How they will escape this situation - this is the ATP’s and Agassi’s problem,” Safin added.
Navratilova, a winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, said she found Agassi’s decision to come out with the story now peculiar.
“How is it going to play out for him? I don’t know,” she said. “I don’t know why he would come out now.”
Agassi retired in 2006. His autobiography will go on sale on Nov. 9 but it will not be available as an e-book. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf has not set a date for a digital version.
“We’re not releasing an e-book at this time but may consider releasing one in the future,” Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards said last week.
Publishers worry that the growing e-market will take business from the more expensive hardcovers.


New Zealand defeat Australia 32-19 to equal Bledisloe Cup record

New Zealand All Blacks’ Conrad Smith (right) leaves Australia’s Will Genia (left) and James O’Connor behind as he runs in to score a try during their Bledisloe Cup rugby test at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Jim Armstrong
Tokyo (AP) - Dan Carter scored 22 points to lead New Zealand to a 32-19 win over Australia on Saturday, extending the All Blacks’ streak to seven in Bledisloe Cup tests.
Center Conrad Smith crossed for a try early in the second half and Carter converted to give New Zealand a 20-16 lead.
The All Blacks were always in front after that, Carter adding four further penalties to Matt Giteau’s one.
“We didn’t have a lot of field position in the first half,” All Blacks coach Graham Henry said. “We got a lot more in the second half and that gave us much greater opportunity to attack and we did.”
Carter became the all-time leading scorer against Australia with 207 points, surpassing Andrew Mehrtens who had 202.
The Tokyo test played before a near-capacity crowd at the 50,000-seat National Stadium was promoted as a chance to take the sport to expanding markets.
It was only the second Bledisloe Cup test played outside of Australia or New Zealand following last year’s match in Hong Kong, which the All Blacks won 19-14.
Giteau opened the scoring for Australia with two early penalties. Carter responded with a penalty before winger Sivivatu scored the opening try of the match in the 20th minute.
Sivivatu was sin-binned for tackling a player in the air late in the half and Australia made the most of an extra-man advantage with a try to Peter Hynes in the right corner to give the Wallabies a 16-13 lead.
It was the fourth Bledisloe Cup of the year and was New Zealand’s fourth win, equaling their 1962 one-season record of four wins without a loss in tests against Australia.
The last time the two teams played, New Zealand beat Australia 33-6 in Wellington.
“Today was a better effort than our most recent outing against them,” Australia coach Robbie Deans said. “There was a lot more physicality and our work around the break down was better.”
Both teams head for Europe for end-of-season tours, with Australia missing playmaker Berrick Barnes for their Grand Slam attempt against England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Vice-captain Barnes was injured two days before the Tokyo match and ruled out of the tour.


Chelsea thrash Bolton 4-0 to stay top in English Premier League

Robert Millward
London (AP) - Chelsea stay at the top of the Premier League after outplaying Bolton for a 4-0 win last Saturday, and Manchester United remain two points behind following a 2-0 victory over Blackburn.

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard celebrates scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League match at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton, Saturday Oct. 31. Chelsea won the match 4-0. (AP Photo/PA, Barry Coombs)

On a day with a record eight red cards in the Premier League, Liverpool ended with nine men in a 3-1 loss at Fulham - their fifth loss of the season — to slip further out of contention for a league title they have not won since 1990. But third-placed Arsenal stay just behind the pacesetters with a game in hand after beating north London rivals Tottenham 3-0.
Frank Lampard, Deco and Didier Drogba scored a goal each for Chelsea, while Bolton defender Zat Knight put in an own-goal. Bolton played the second half with 10 men after J Lloyd Samuel was sent off for giving away a penalty.
Dimitar Berbatov put Man United ahead in the 55th minute, collecting the ball with his back to goal and spinning around to score. Wayne Rooney, who has been mired in a spell of poor form, skillfully turned home a cross from Anderson in the 87th.
United now have 25 points, two fewer than Chelsea.
Robin van Persie scored twice and Cesc Fabregas added the other in Arsenal’s win at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners scored two quick goals just before halftime and now have 22 points, five fewer than Chelsea.
After Bobby Zamora had given Fulham a 24th-minute lead against Liverpool, Fernando Torres equalized from 25 yards with his 10th goal of the season. Erik Nevland then made it 2-1 in the 73rd, Torres was soon taken off and Philipp Degen and Jamie Carragher were sent off before Clint Dempsey added a third for Fulham.
“I’m very disappointed because I felt we were controlling the game,” Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said. “It was a one-sided game with plenty of possession and we conceded a goal by making one mistake. Then we made a massive mistake with the second goal and the first red card (Degen) was a surprise for me. I thought it was only a yellow card. These two incidents at the end changed everything.”
Aruna Dindane scored his first three goals of the season as last-placed Portsmouth beat Wigan 4-0 for their first home victory. Portsmouth stay last but are level on points with West Ham, who drew 2-2 at Sunderland in a game where a player from each side was red-carded.
After Guillermo Franco and Carlton Cole had given West Ham a two-goal lead inside the first 36 minutes, Andy Reid pulled a goal back with a free kick and Kieran Richardson equalized in the 76th.
Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones was sent off for pushing West Ham’s Herita Ilunga in the face, and the visitors’ Radoslav Kovac received two yellows.
Two players were sent off as Everton and Aston Villa drew 1-1. Dinyar Bilyaledtinov scored for the home side but Villa substitute John Carew equalized within 44 seconds of taking the field. In the closing stages, Bilyaledtinov was sent off for a late tackle and Carlos Cuellar was ordered off for his second yellow card.
Burnley beat 10-man Hull 2-0 with a penalty and a 25- yard shot from Graham Alexander to keep the pressure on visiting manager Phil Brown. Hull had Geovanni sent off for two yellow cards.
Stoke surrendered a two-goal lead and were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Wolves. An own-goal by George Ekokobi and Matthew Etherington’s strike a minute before halftime put Stoke in control at the Britannia Stadium. But Jody Craddock scored twice in the second half to earn a point for Wolves.



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