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Dortmund stay silent on Lehmann transfer
DORTMUND, Germany
Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund won't discuss reports it is trying to sign Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who has languished on Arsenal's bench this season.
"We have agreed among ourselves that no one responsible at Borussia Dortmund will say anything about the subject of Lehmann," club business manager Hans-Joachim Watzke was quoted as saying by the Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper on Saturday.
Watzke and commercial manager Michael Zorc traveled to England this week to talk to Arsenal about the 38-year-old Lehmann, according to German and English reports. The keeper said last week he is weighing an offer, but didn't name a team.
Cunningham wins
BIELEFELD, Germany
American Steve Cunningham made a successful first defense of his IBF Cruiserweight title Saturday, stopping Germany's Marco Huck late in the 12th round.
Cunningham survived some good shots early from the 23-year-old former kickbox world champion and dominated the later rounds, reducing Huck to attempting knockout punches.
Huck (19-1, 14 knockouts) threw punches wildly to get the knockout he needed in the final two rounds. As the fighters traded punches, he was sent staggering in the final minute.
With 1:04 left in the fight, the German's corner threw in the towel. Afterwards they praised Cunningham for having superior tactics.
Hewitt back at home
ADELAIDE, Australia
Lleyton Hewitt's tennis career has come nearly full circle as he prepares to play in his hometown tournament for the last time.
Hewitt won the Australian men's hardcourt title in Adelaide 10 years ago as a 16-year-old wild card for his first professional tournament win. Since then, he's won two Grand Slams - the U.S. Open in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002 - and held the No. 1 ranking for 75 consecutive weeks from November 19, 2001.
Now ranked No. 21 and attempting to work his way back into the top 10, the top-seeded Hewitt will play at Memorial Drive beginning today for the final time. The Australian men's hardcourt tournament will head north to Brisbane, Queensland state, next year.
Williams at Hopman
PERTH, Australia
Serena Williams made a belated arrival at the Hopman Cup yesterday, pronouncing herself ready to go for her first match against the Czech Republic today.
The world number seven missed the United States's first match because of illness, with stand-in Meghann Shaughnessy and Mardy Fish winning their singles matches to seal a 2-1 win over India.
Williams, who will defend her Australian Open title in Melbourne next month, said she was ready to win the Hopman Cup for the second time, having teamed with James Blake to lift the trophy in 2003.
Royal Trophy line-ups
BANGKOK, Thailand
India's Shiv Kapur and England's David Howell have completed the line-ups for next month's Royal Trophy between Asia and holders Europe, organizers announced yesterday.
Kapur's selection for Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki's team comes after his debut year on the European Tour. He spent the first two seasons of his career on the Asian Tour after turning professional in 2004.
The 25-year-old makes his debut in the Royal Trophy matchplay event against the Europeans, who triumphed by just two points in 2006 but returned a year later with a far stronger team to thrash Asia 12 to 3-1/2.
Howell, a former winner of the Dubai Desert Classic, the Champions Tournament in Shanghai and the European PGA Championship, returns to Seve Ballesteros's team having played in the first edition in 2006.


Updated : 2021-01-18 16:38 GMT+08:00