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Wembley finally rests in pieces

London: Demolition experts finally began ripping the heart out of Wembley Stadium on Monday, turning one of the world’s most famous sporting landmarks into a pile of dust and rubble.

With a new stadium set to rise in time for the 2006 FA Cup final, the Twin Towers that have watched over so many of English football’s greatest moments are being torn down and consigned to the history books. The stadium, that cost £750,000 to build in the early 1920s, will now cost more than £750 million to rebuild.

Ferguson all praise for Ryder skipper

Manchester: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was full of praise for Sam Torrance on Monday after his fellow-Scotsman led Europe to victory in the Ryder Cup.

“It was magnificent,” Ferguson said. “I’m really delighted for Sam. I have known him since he was a young lad. We used to go to Largs and played with his father, who is a pro there. That was a long time ago. I’m very pleased for him.”

Ferguson admitted he was glued to the drama unfolding at The Belfry, where Europe sealed a 15-1/2 to 12-1/2 points victory over the US to reclaim the Ryder Cup.

Nistelrooy doubtful

Manchester: Ruud van Nistelrooy could miss Manchester United’s Champions League clash against Olympiakos on Tuesday because of a persistent hamstring problem, manager Alex Ferguson said Monday.

“Ruud van Nistelrooy is quite doubtful,” Ferguson said. “We took a risk and played him on Saturday (against Charlton), but with hamstrings, if you don’t clear it up, it goes on and on and on.”

In Van Nistelrooy’s absence, Paul Scholes would probably play in attack alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Germany gets Rogge nod

Berlin: IOC president Jacques Rogge says Germany would make ideal hosts for the 2012 Summer Games. “I see Germany’s chances as fundamentally good,” Rogge told Monday’s issue of German sports magazine Kicker. “Germany has a stable political system, a stable economy and is a big sports nation with great experience in organising major sports events. We would know that the Games would be in the best of hands there.”

The German Olympic committee (NOK) will name its candidate for the 2012 Games in 2003. Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig and Stuttgart are in the race.

United profits up 48 %

London: Manchester United, the world’s richest soccer club, reported a 48 per cent rise in annual profits on Monday. They also kept players’ wages below their target of 50 per cent of turnover. United reported pre-tax profits of £32.3 million ($50.26 million) for the year to July 31.

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