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RUGBY: Newcastle's Paul Van-Zandvliet was accused of biting Neil Back of Leicester during a game. Back said he was bitten on the thumb. "It was definitely a bite, and there's a bit of skin missing from my left thumb," Back said. "It's hard to believe that it wasn't deliberate." Leicester chief executive Peter Wheeler said the club would look into the incident.

RUNNING: Kenya's Daniel Komen will try to break the world mile record at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., on May 31. The record has stood at 3 minutes, 44.39 seconds since September 1993, run by Algeria's Noureddine Morceli.

TENNIS: The French Open confirmed that five-time champion Steffi Graf is out of this year's tournament. Graf said last weekend that an inflamed right ankle would keep her from playing in the Open.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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