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CABINDA, Angola — Togo was disqualified from the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament after a machine-gun attack on the Togolese team bus killed three people and the Togolese players returned home. A separatist group fighting for the independence of the Angolan enclave of Cabinda claimed responsibility for the attack, which left three support personnel dead and, among others, goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilal****e acute**** wounded. At the tournament itself, first-round play saw Gabon and Malawi score upset wins against Cameroon and Algeria, respectively, though media attention remained on the pre-tournament attack.
–www.cnn.comWASHINGTON — Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely without pay by the NBA after the star Washington Wizards guard was involved in a series of incidents involving handguns. Among other offenses, Arenas brought teammate Javaris Crittenton a gun after a poker-related dispute in which Crittendon jokingly threatened to shoot Arenas in the kneecap, stored unloaded guns in his locker in violation of NBA rules and made light of his gun charges both on and off the court. Arenas, a three-time All-Star whose 22.6 points per game places him 10th in the NBA, will lose $147,000 for each game that he misses.

NEW YORK — In a statement released Monday, Mark McGwire admitted to using steroids in his record-breaking 1998 season. McGwire, who ranks eighth on baseball’s career list with 583 home runs, disputed that steroids actually helped him hit home runs, claiming instead that he took the steroids for “health purposes.”