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Shevchenko denies rumors of discontent
LONDON, England
Andriy Shevchenko and Chelsea denied yesterday that he refused to travel to Liverpool for the second leg of the Champions League semifinal in a dispute over his playing status.
"He suffered an injury during training on Sunday and it was decided after training that he was not fit to play against Liverpool and therefore, like other injured players, did not travel," Chelsea said in a statement. British newspapers reported Tuesday that Shevchenko refused to join the team in Liverpool when he learned he wouldn't start Tuesday night's game. He was angry when he wasn't in the first-team practice lineup in training Sunday, the Daily Mail reported.
Duncan named again
NEW YORK, New York
Tim Duncan made his 10th straight NBA All-Defensive first team, and San Antonio teammate Bruce Bowen was the top vote-getter in being selected for the seventh time. Completing the team were: Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby and guards Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Raja Bell of the Phoenix Suns.
Camby, the Defensive Player of the Year, was chosen for the first time.
Thaksin eyes takeover
LONDON, England
Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is the frontrunner to take over Manchester City after being given access to the English Premier League club's accounts, British media reported yesterday. Thaksin was linked with a bid of almost 100 million pounds (US$200.2 million) for City over the weekend and contact was finally made on Monday, according to the reports.
Accountants acting for the exiled billionaire telecoms baron will complete due diligence before advising their client whether to make a formal bid. Former City player Ray Ranson has also been trying to buy the Eastlands club and last week submitted a revised proposal regarding a proposed offer. Media reports put Ranson's bid in the region of 90 million pounds.


Updated : 2021-07-29 20:04 GMT+08:00