Troubled Serb suspended from team
Serbia’s soccer association said midfielder Adem Ljajic
was suspended from the national team for failing to sing the national anthem before a Saturday exhibition against Spain. The association said in a statement that Serbia’s new coach, Sinisa Mihajlovic
, “sent Ljajic home’’ because he did not comply with his rules that stipulate players have to sing the anthem before matches. The statement said that Ljajic, who is Muslim, did not sing the anthem “because of his personal reasons.’’ Ljajic was involved in an incident earlier this month with his former Fiorentina coach, Delio Rossi
, who slapped him as he returned to the bench after being substituted in a Serie A game. Ljajic had stuck his thumb up mockingly . . . Petr Cech
signed a four-year contract with Chelsea, tying the Czech goalkeeper to the European champions until 2016.
Boxer Williams paralyzed in accident
Boxer Paul Williams
was paralyzed from the waist down Sunday after being involved in a motorcycle crash in the Atlanta suburbs and doctors said it is unlikely he will continue his career, his manager, George Peterson
, said. “He still believes he’s going to fight again,’’ Peterson said. Williams severed his spinal cord after falling when he was thrown from his motorcycle in Marietta, Ga., according to Peterson. The crash happened after Williams tried to avoid another car . . . Johnny Tapia
, the five-time boxing champion whose turbulent career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression, and run-ins with the law, was found dead Sunday night at his Albuquerque home. He was 45. Obituary, B12 . . . Dan Haugh
drove in three runs and Kevin Foley
had five hits as Wheaton advanced to the Division 3 national title game with a 13-9 win over St. Thomas (Minn.) in Grand Chute, Wis. The Lyons (41-9) play Marietta Tuesday before playing for the program’s first championship Wednesday . . . British Open champion Darren Clarke
withdrew from next month’s US Open in San Francisco because of a groin injury . . . Alex Noren
and Marc Warren
led 11 qualifiers at Walton Heath, England in qualifying for the US Open, while past and present European Ryder Cup captains Colin Montgomerie
and Jose Maria Olazabal
failed to do so . . . Shackleford
, the 2011 Preakness winner, won the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park, earning an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in November . . . Sean Rash
won the Professional Bowlers Association’s Chris Schenkel Player of the Year award.
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