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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
49ers' Culliver under fire at Super Bowl for anti-gay remarks
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver faced intense media scrutiny on Thursday for saying he would not accept a gay teammate in the team's locker-room. Culliver came under fire for the comments he made this week on comedian Artie Lange's radio show but apologies from the player and National Football League team in statements late on Wednesday did little to diffuse the situation.
Sterne leaves Westwood, O'Meara trailing in Dubai
DUBAI (Reuters) - South Africa's Richard Sterne fired a scintillating 10-under-par 62 in the Dubai Desert Classic first round on Thursday to overshadow a fine start to the season by world number eight Lee Westwood. World number 165 Sterne's 10-birdie round in scoring-friendly conditions was nearly matched by Scot Stephen Gallacher (63) while Race to Dubai money list leader Scott Jamieson, Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Doak were two shots further back.
O'Meara calls for Singh ban over banned substance
DUBAI (Reuters) - Twice major winner Mark O'Meara believes former world number one Vijay Singh should be suspended by the PGA Tour after the Fijian admitted to using a spray to treat an injury which contains a banned substance. The three-times major winner said he was unaware the deer-antler spray, which he has been using for a couple of months, contained an insulin-like growth factor that is banned by the U.S. circuit.
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Spurs overwhelm Bobcats on Popovich return
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Djokovic lambasts state of court ahead of Davis Cup tie
CHARLEROI, Belgium (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic is angry at the state of the court that will be used for this week's Davis Cup first-round tie between Serbia and Belgium. Djokovic and the rest of his Serbian team are unhappy that a clay surface has been laid on top of a parquet floor.
Seahawks' Hill arrested on felony domestic violence charges
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has been arrested on charges he assaulted his girlfriend repeatedly while holding her captive for about six hours at his home outside Seattle, police said on Wednesday. Hill, 30, an eight-year veteran of Seattle's National Football League team, faces charges of third-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment a day after the alleged assault, said Scott Behrbaum, a spokesman for the Issaquah police department.
Arab-American groups call Coke Super Bowl ad ''racist''
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola <KO.N> Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers. "Why is it that Arabs are always shown as either oil-rich sheiks, terrorists, or belly dancers?" said Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC.
PSG look the perfect match for "brand Beckham"
LONDON (Reuters) - David Beckham's move to Paris St Germain (PSG) will give a huge boost to the French club's profile while ensuring that the former England soccer captain remains in the public eye. Beckham, 37, has been looking for a new team since leaving LA Galaxy in December and moving back to his home city of London with his family. Qatari-backed PSG look the ideal destination for his last hurrah as a player.
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