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Probe clears Thorpe of doping offenses
SYDNEY, Australia
Australia's Olympic champion swimmer Ian Thorpe was cleared of doping allegations yesterday after an Australian investigation found there was no evidence he had taken performance-boosting drugs.
Thorpe, his country's most decorated Olympian, had angrily denied the allegations, which were first raised by a French newspaper in March just months after he retired from the sport he dominated for most of a decade.
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority said a comprehensive review of the evidence left no room for doubt about the finding.
Singaporean circuit
SINGAPORE
Singapore formally began construction of its Formula One Grand Prix facilities yesterday with a groundbreaking ceremony for the new pit building.
The facility along Singapore's waterfront will hold 36 garages for 12 racing teams on the ground floor.
"Today's groundbreaking event marks an important milestone in our preparations to host the F1 race in September next year," Lim Neo Chian, chief executive of Singapore's tourism board, said at the site - which is now a muddy field beneath an expressway off-ramp.
Singapore is to host its first Grand Prix street circuit race on September 28 next year.
Joining Feyenoord
SEOUL, South Korea
South Korean striker Lee Chun-Soo has agreed to join Dutch club Feyenoord and will likely sign a four-year deal, his team Ulsan Tigers said yesterday.
The Dutch club has offered about US$2.72 million for Lee, said an Ulsan Tigers spokesman.
"Ulsan Tigers reached agreement with Feyenoord this morning and Lee is to leave for the Netherlands today to finalize the deal," he said, adding he is expected to sign a four-year contract.
Lee played for Spanish club Real Sociedad after the 2002 World Cup but failed to impress.
Becks sprains knee
LOS ANGELES, California
David Beckham suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee and will be sidelined for six weeks, meaning he will miss England's two September Euro 2008 qualifying matches.
ESPN reported that Beckham underwent an MRI Thursday that showed the full extent of the damage, which would keep Beckham out of England's home matches September 8 against Israel and September 12 against Russia.
The injury could mean the loss of Beckham for the remainder of the Los Angeles Galaxy's Major League Soccer season as well.
Gronholm shines
SYDNEY, Australia
Finland's Marcus Gronholm made a flying start in his bid for a record fifth New Zealand rally when he won the first two stages yesterday in his Ford.
Gronholm opened up a 14-second gap over his nearest rival Sebastian Loeb in a Citroen, before the Frenchman shaved a fraction off that margin by winning the third and fourth stages.
Gronholm leads Loeb by eight points in this year's championship and wasted little time stamping his authority on the rally, where he has won four times before.
Rescheduled bout
LOS ANGELES, California
The Fernando Vargas-Ricardo Mayorga bout has been rescheduled for November 23 at Staples Center.
Originally scheduled for September 8, the fight was postponed last weekend after Vargas was diagnosed with an iron deficiency after taking a routine blood test.
"Vargas is feeling better already and he's really excited about getting back into training," Event publicist Ed Keenan said.
Vargas, a two-time world champion, has said this will be his final fight. The 29-year-old American boxer is 26-4 with 22 knockouts.
Mayorga, a three-time world champion from Nicaragua, is 27-6 with one draw and 22 knockouts.


Updated : 2021-04-19 02:59 GMT+08:00