Sports Shorts

Racists curse Mac. TA's new Arab player

Close to 2,000 soccer fans turned up Monday to witness new coach Oscar Garcia's first practice since he took the reins at Maccabi Tel Aviv, but a handful of youths ruined the celebratory event by chanting racist slogans against Maccabi's recent signing, Arab Israeli midfielder Maharan Radi. For most of the teenagers who packed the team's Kiryat Hashalom training ground the main attraction was veteran striker Roberto Colautti, who was born in Cordoba, Argentina, and is a naturalized Israeli. (Moshe Boker )

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Bail cuts S. African cricketer's eyeball

South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher will undergo surgery after suffering a cut to his left eyeball in a warm-up match against Somerset in Taunton yesterday. Boucher was injured when a delivery from leg-spinner Imran Tahir flicked the bail into his face, forcing the 35-year-old off the field with blood coming from his eye. "Mark suffered a laceration to the sclera of his left eye," team manager Mohammad Moosajee told the Cricket South Africa website. "He will undergo emergency exploratory surgery in the next few hours, after which the ophthalmologist will be able to determine the extent of the damage." Boucher could be a doubt for the three-match test series against top-ranked England starting on July 19. (Reuters )

Ex-Stanford hoopster captain dies

Peter Sauer, a former captain at Stanford who helped lead the Cardinal to the 1998 Final Four, has died. He was 35. The school said yesterday that Sauer died Sunday night in White Plains, N.Y., while playing in a recreational basketball game. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward from Pittsburgh was part of a Stanford team that reached four straight NCAA tournaments under former coach Mike Montgomery. He averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds for his career, including 9.2 points during his junior season. Montgomery called Sauer "the epitome of the definition of a student-athlete." (AP )