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U.S. sporting events alerted after attack

Attack on cricket team in Pakistan has U.S. officials on guard.

March 06, 2009|Grahame L. Jones; Lance Pugmire | Staff and Wire Reports

The attack on a cricket team in Pakistan this week prompted intelligence officials to caution local authorities Thursday to be on the lookout for possible similar assaults at U.S. sporting events.

The notice, along with details of the attack, is part of an intelligence assessment that points out there are no known plots against sporting events in the United States.

In a separate assessment dated Wednesday, the FBI and Homeland Security reminded Indiana law enforcement officials that the Big Ten basketball tournaments this month in Indianapolis and other large sporting events are inviting targets for terrorists. The Big Ten bulletin noted that U.S. intelligence agencies were unaware of any threats against the tournaments.

Copies of the intelligence assessments were obtained Thursday by the Associated Press.

The review of Tuesday's attack in Lahore, Pakistan, noted that the Sri Lankan cricket team was traveling with a security detail at the time. Six police officers and a driver were killed. Seven players, a coach and an umpire were wounded during the half-hour assault.

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SOCCER

Donovan to return to Galaxy

Landon Donovan, whose 20 goals led Major League Soccer last season, will return to the Galaxy on Tuesday after spending the last two months on loan with Bayern Munich in Germany.

Donovan, who turned 27 on Thursday, had been hoping to secure a permanent move to the Bundesliga club, but failed to do so. He scored four goals in seven friendly matches for Bayern but has been shut out during the 131 minutes he has played in four actual league games.

-- Grahame L. Jones

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GOLF

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Dara Torres won the 50-meter freestyle in her first competition after the Beijing Olympics.

The 41-year-old who won three silver medals in Beijing took the Austin Grand Prix with a time of 24.91 seconds.

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Unbeaten Riverside heavyweight Chris Arreola will fight former world-title challenger Jameel McCline on the undercard of the April 11 middleweight fight between Paul Williams and Winky Wright at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, boxing sources told The Times.

Arreola (26-0, 23 knockouts) was impressive in his most recent bout, when he scored a third-round TKO victory over Travis Walker in Ontario.

Against McCline (39-9-3, 23 KOs), he'll fight a 38-year-old boxing veteran who has lost world-title bouts to Wladimir Klitschko, Chris Byrd and Nikolai Valuev.

-- Lance Pugmire

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Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge and was sentenced to community service and probation.

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