Sports Shorts

Jordanian athletes bailed on sex charges

Three members of the Jordanian Paralympic team facing sex charges in Britain were freed on bail yesterday following a personal intervention by King Abdullah of Jordan. Faisal Hammash, 35, a trainer with the squad, was charged late Tuesday with two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity. Two wheelchair-bound power-lifters were also charged. Omar Qaradhi, 31, was charged with three counts of sexual assault and one of voyeurism, of which at least two were against children, said the BBC. Motaz Al-Junad, 45, also a power-lifter, faces one charge of sexual assault. The offenses took place between August 16 and 20. (DPA)

Azarenka seeded No. 1 for Open

Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka will be seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open, with 2006 champion Maria Sharapova at No. 3, and three-time winner Serena Williams at No. 4. The U.S. Tennis Association announced the seedings yesterday, following this week's WTA rankings. Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in January, is followed by No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska, the runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon last month. Defending U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur is seeded seventh, and three-time winner Kim Clijsters is No. 23. Venus Williams, who won the Open in 2000 and 2001, is ranked 47th and is unseeded. (AP)

Bundesliga clubs set season-ticket record

Led by champions Borussia Dortmund, the 18 German Bundesliga football clubs have sold a record 482,495 season tickets ahead of the new campaign, which starts tomorrow. A survey by DPA among the clubs said the figure exceeded the 480,825 sold last season and that the tickets snapped up so far already result in an average 26,805 fans per game. Dortmund tops the bill with. (DPA)