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October 17, 2000

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ With another British soccer team playing in Turkey, police are taking no chances.

Six months ago, two English soccer fans were stabbed to death in Istanbul before Leeds United’s UEFA Cup game against Galatasaray. Leeds plays another club in Istanbul on Wednesday, Besiktas.

The team arrived Tuesday, with about 100 police officers standing guard at the airport and escorting the players to their hotel.

``We have no fear in coming back to Istanbul,″ Leeds manager David O’Leary said.

The team is bringing only some 140 carefully selected fans for the Champions League game.

``I am convinced that there will be no trouble,″ Besiktas coach Nevio Scala said.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Five-time U.S. figure skating champion Todd Eldredge will compete at this month’s Skate America.

Eldredge, the 1996 world champion, has not competed on the Olympic-eligible Grand Prix series since the 1998 Olympics. He originally was scheduled to compete in Skate Canada and Nations Cup.

But when two-time U.S. champion Michael Weiss withdrew from Skate America with a stress fracture in his left ankle, Eldredge agreed to compete Oct. 26-29 in Colorado Springs.

He will skip the Nations Cup but compete in Skate Canada one week after Skate America. He is also to compete in the 2001 U.S. Championships in Boston.

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LONDON (AP) _ British rowing great Steve Redgrave might not be finished. He still hasn’t ruled out the 2004 Athens Olympics.

The 38-year-old Englishman became only the third person from any sport to win a gold medal at five straight Olympics.

He began hinting at retirement minutes after winning the coxless fours in Sydney. But a month later, he’s still hedging.

``I can’t see myself rowing in four years time, but we will have to wait and see,″ Redgrave said Tuesday. ``I would definitely like the idea of standing on the winner’s podium at Athens. But it is 3 1/2 years to go and I don’t want to get stuck into the training and the hardship.″

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FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) _ Former Philadelphia Eagles running back James Bostic says 179 handguns were stolen from his home.

``I think he was applying for some sort of dealership,″ Detective Andrew Stockton said Tuesday.

Bostic reported the theft of $19,633 worth of handguns in this Dayton suburb on Saturday. He also said an $8,500 gold-and-diamond chain was stolen. Bostic listed serial numbers of the guns in a police report.

Bostic, released by the Eagles in November, could not be reached for comment.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ After losing money two of three years, the Buy.com Tour tournament in Greensboro has been scrapped.

The Greensboro Jaycees said they have lost $178,000 in three years and attendance dropped 25 percent from 1999 to 2000.

``With all of the projects we have, the Buy.com event wasn’t producing the revenue we expected,″ Jaycees president Leigh Ann Goode said.

The tournament was played in the last weekend of June two of the three years and in July in 1999. With temperatures topping 95 degrees, organizers said it was hard to draw fans.

``If we had a fall date, everything would have been rosy,″ said Tim Marion, the 2001 Buy.com event chairman.

The Buy.com Tour, formerly the Nike Tour, declined to switch dates.

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SHEFFIELD, England (AP) _ Joe Calzaghe will defend his WBO super middleweight crown against fellow British fighter Richie Woodhall in one of five world title bouts at the Sheffield Arena on Dec. 16.

Woodhall held the WBC title in 1998 and 1999 before losing it to Germany’s Markus Beyer. Calzaghe stopped American challenger Omar Sheika in his last defense of the WBO belt in August.

In other bouts on the card, Paul Ingle makes an IBF featherweight defense against South Africa’s Mbulelo Botile; Puerto Rico’s Daniel Santos defends his WBO welterweight crown against Neil Sinclair; Panama’s Mauricio Martinez puts his WBO bantamweight belt on the line against Esham Pickering; and Brazil’s Acelino Freitas defends his WBO super featherweight title against an undetermined opponent.

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LUCERNE, Switzerland (AP) _ Heinz Schurtenberger has resigned as chief executive officer of ISMM, a leading sports marketing company.

He left because of ``different views on the future strategic direction of the group,″ the company said Tuesday.

Daniel Beauvois, the managing director of the company’s TV-media division, was appointed the new CEO.

ISMM, which also controls the sports management firm ISL, handles TV and marketing rights for world soccer, European soccer and world track and field.

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