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Sports in brief: Famed surfer Andy Irons found dead in hotel

Soccer

South Africa colluded

Danny Jordaan, the chief executive who secured this year's World Cup for South Africa, says he tried to get England to withdraw from the 2006 bidding by offering Nelson Mandela's support for a 2010 English bid.

Jordaan said South Africa told England that "if you withdraw you will get Nelson Mandela to come to London, to praise you and say nice things about you and then in 2010 you will be stronger.'' Brazil was convinced to pull out before the vote in 2000, but England stayed in the 2006 contest, won by Germany.

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Greyhounds: Danicas Go Daddy ($14.60), Flying Tim Tebow ($5.60), Grady Judd ($11.40) and Ts Swifter ($21.20) won second-round qualifying races in the $20,000 Fall Juvenile at Derbv Lane in St. Petersburg. Third-round qualifying is Saturday.

Tennis: Andy Roddick and Roger Federer reached the quarterfinals at the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Surfing

Ex-Champ Irons found dead in Hotel

The mysterious death of three-time champion Andy Irons left the surfing world stunned Wednesday.

Irons, 32 and a father-to-be, was found dead in his hotel bed Tuesday in the Dallas area.

A police report said the prescription drugs Xanax, an antianxiety medication, and the sleeping aid Ambien were found. There were no signs of trauma and foul play. A ruling on the cause of death could take several weeks.

Irons, who won world titles in 2002-04, was on a layover en route to his home in Hawaii from Puerto Rico, where he withdrew from an event because he was ill. "We're just baffled that he's gone," said nine-time champion Kelly Slater, a rival of Irons.

Sports in brief: Famed surfer Andy Irons found dead in hotel 11/03/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:27pm]
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