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In Brief: Speed fine for golfer Olazabal

European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal was arrested for speeding shortly after leaving Augusta National, Georgia police said.

The Spaniard, the 1994 and 1999 Masters champion, was clocked driving 97mph in a 65mph zone when stopped by an Effingham County Sheriff's deputy on Monday.

Olazabal, who missed the cut in last weekend's Masters tournament, posted a $621 (¤475) cash bond and was released. "He was very cooperative and apologetic," police said.

Olazabal will skipper holders Europe in the Ryder Cup in Illinois in September.



Cuban football player defects

A Cuban national football player who disappeared from his team while in Tennessee has defected and is seeking asylum to the US .

Yosmel de Armas was in Nashville for the Olympic qualifying tournament. He played in a March 24 game, but was absent from the next game on March 26.

His coach said he was sick, but he was not with the team when it left the next day.

His attorney has revealed he took a bus from Nashville to Miami with "just the clothes on his back" and was now claiming asylum.



Haiti flooding leaves six dead

Flooding from two days of rain in Haiti has killed six and displaced 700 people.

Two people died in a landslide in the area of Limbe and two others drowned while trying to cross a river. Two bodies were pulled from the water near the coastal town of Anse-a-Foleur.

The floods also damaged 125 homes, crops and livestock.

The rainfall that began on April 8 displaced 700 people and 68 moved into shelters.



Bronze-age town reopens

Greece is reopening a major archaeological site on the tourist island of Santorini, which was closed for seven years after a roof collapsed, killing a tourist.

The culture ministry said the bronze-age town at Akrotiri would open today, following completion of a new roof that shelters the entire site.

Akrotiri was a major town until its destruction by a massive volcanic eruption in the 17th century BC.


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