National Sports Briefs

LONDON – Soccer star David Beckham denied reports of an affair he supposedly had with a 26-year-old assistant in Madrid while his wife, pop star Victoria, was in England.
According to the tabloid News of the World, the young lady was an employee at SFX Group. The sport management firm looked after Beckham until last December. The company was involved in Beckham going from Real Madrid to Manchester United last summer.
Beckham issued a statement through his agent Carolina McAteer. “The simple truth is that I am very happily married, have a wonderful wife and two very special kids. There is nothing that any third party can do to change these facts.”*Quote from sportsillustrated.cnn.com

BAGHDAD – Iraq will compete at this summer’s Olympic games in Athens, Greece.
On April 3 the country unveiled its new Olympic logo and at least 10 Iraqis will participate in the games.
The top athletes include a martial artist, a 100-meter sprinter, a 200-meter sprinter and two wrestlers.
The limited number of athletes hearkens back to the Saddam regime, when Odai Hussein regularly tortured athletes if they did not win.

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – A special task force will be studying tailgating, security and treatment of visiting fans this fall at WVU.
Fan Behavior Task Force hopes to have a plan in place by August to decrease the amount of on-campus destruction after big football games.
“We just want to make sure everyone has a good time,” said Margaret Phillips, chief of staff to WVU President David Hardesty. Hardesty ordered the 10-person task force.
The biggest problem on campus at WVU are intentionally-set fires. Between 1997 and 2003 over 1,100 intentional fires were set after athletic events.
The problem is not only at West Virginia. There is a similar task force at Maryland. Vulgar shirts were sold to students before the Terrapins hosted Duke in basketball in January.
The obscene writing on the shirts could be seen on the ESPN nationally televised game.