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Maradona to rehab in Cuba

By wire services
Published September 7, 2004

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Diego Maradona received permission from a judge Monday to return to Cuba and resume drug rehabilitation.

The soccer great was expected to travel to Cuba with his father, a sister and personal physician for treatment at a Havana mental hospital, said Hector Leguizamon, a member of Maradona's legal team.

Maradona has been confined to a psychiatric hospital the past three months. He appealed to judicial authorities to travel to Cuba, where he underwent rehab for four years before going to Argentina this year.

An admitted cocaine addict, Maradona, 43, has been receiving treatment in Buenos Aires since early May after he twice was rushed to a clinic for heart and lung problems. The former captain of Argentina said he prefers treatment in Cuba because of greater privacy.

Maradona led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title and 1990 final and retired in 1997. In 2000, FIFA chose him and Pele as the greatest players in soccer history.

STREAKER CHARGED: A topless woman who streaked onto the field and hugged a Portuguese defender during the Latvia-Portugal World Cup qualifier was charged with hooliganism in Riga, Latvia. She drew approval from the crowd but appeared to unsettle the Latvian team. Portugal scored twice shortly after play resumed and won 2-0.

BOXING: Former champ charged

Former lightweight champion Paul Spadafora was charged with public drunkenness and acting dangerously in a car, his third arrest in less than a year. Spadafora was a passenger Sunday when he tried to put the car in park while it was moving, Mercer, Pa., police said. He also was charged with disorderly conduct and recklessly endangering another person. He was in jail after failing to post $10,000 bond. In October, the boxer was charged with attempted homicide, accused of shooting girlfriend Nadine Russo. The charges are unresolved, but Spadafora and Russo filed for a marriage license in February.

MAYORGA-TRINIDAD STILL ON: Promoter Don King said the Oct. 2 middleweight bout in New York between Ricardo Mayorga and Felix Trinidad is still set, despite Mayorga's arrest Friday in Nicaragua on rape charges. Mayorga was released on bail and allowed to leave for the United States.

CYCLING: Spainard leads Vuelta

Alejandro Valverde of Spain won the rainy third stage of the Spanish Vuelta in Soria, while the U.S. Postal Service team, led by Benoit Joachim, held the top seven spots in the overall standings. Valverde outsprinted Stuart O'Grady of Australia and Denis Menchov of Russia.

TWO RIDERS JOIN HAMILTON: Floyd Landis of the United States and Victor Hugo Pena of Colombia, will leave the U.S. Postal Service team and ride for Phonak in an attempt by the Swiss squad to strengthen its support for U.S. Olympic champion Tyler Hamilton.

HORSES: Calder makes up stakes

Cin Cin scored a mild upset in the $125,000 Affirmed Division and Aclassysassylassy rallied from third to win the $125,000 Susan's Girl Division in the postponed Juvenile Showcase at Calder Race Course in Miami. The 13-race program for 2-year-olds was rescheduled from Saturday because of Hurricane Frances.

PENNSYLVANIA DERBY: Love of Money, making his fourth lifetime start and first in a stakes race, led all the way to win the 11/8-mile, $750,000 race at Philadelphia Park in Bensalem by 81/2 lengths over Pollard's Vision in 1:48.4. The winner paid $27.40, $12.40 and $9.

SARATOGA: Prince Arch rallied from last at the top of the stretch to finish a nose in front of Mustanfar in the $108,200 Saranac Stakes in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

ET CETERA

COLLEGES: Rain and flooding from Hurricane Frances forced the FSU women's volleyball team to postpone indefinitely a match scheduled for today against Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

[Last modified September 6, 2004, 23:29:20]


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