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Zelezny to skip Golden League

Prague: Three-time Olympic javelin champion Jan Zelezny will not participate in Golden League events this season, fearing injury could stop him from defending his gold medal in Athens next year. The world record holder wrote in a letter published by a Czech daily that he is starting to train after a back surgery last year. “The beginning of the season is nearing and I still am not sure how many events I will compete in,” he said.

“There are six Golden League events, and some are close together. I would be risking a lot.” The 36-year-old, who won Olympic gold in 1992, 1996 and 2000, holds the world record of 98.48m. He was world champion in 1993, 1995 and 2001.

Magnanimous Mihajlovic

Milan: Lazio defender Sinisa Mihajlovic has earned praise for persuading the referee to disallow a goal for his own side against Como in Sunday’s Serie A match.

Bernardo Corradi put the ball in the net just after the start of the second half, but the referee disallowed the effort after an intervention from the Serbia and Montenegro international. The Rome side was 2-0 up at that stage and eventually won 3-0.

Mihajlovic said he approached the referee to inform him of a handball. “I told the referee that there was a handball. Corradi was angry with me,” said Mihajlovic. But Corradi was not upset. “It was a very sporting gesture, one we should see more often on the field.”

Hewitt, Serena stay top

Monaco: Lleyton Hewitt and Serena Williams stay atop world rankings in the latest ATP and WTA Tour standings released Monday. There has been no change in the top ten in the men’s list and in the only change in the women’s list, Anastasia Myskina took over the tenth spot from Jelena Dokic. TOP TEN — Men: 1. Lleyton Hewitt (Aus). 2. Andre Agassi (US). 3. Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spa). 4. Carlos Moya (Spa). 5. Roger Federer (Swi). 6. Andy Roddick (US). 7. Albert Costa (Spa). 8. Marat Safin (Rus). 9. Jiri Novak (Cze). 10. David Nalbandian (Arg). Women: 1. Serena Williams (US). 2. Venus Williams (US). 3. Kim Clijsters (Bel). 4. Justine Henin-Hardenne (Bel). 5. Lindsay Davenport (US). 6. Jennifer Capriati (US). 7. Amelie Mauresmo (Fra). 8. Chanda Rubin (US). 9. Daniela Hantuchova (Slo). 10. Anastasia Myskina (Rus).

Edmundo returns to Vasco

Rio de Janeiro: Vasco da Gama celebrated the return of volatile striker Edmundo by beating Goias 6-4 in an amazing Brazilian championship match Sunday.

Edmundo was given a rousing reception as he arrived by helicopter to be officially presented to the crowd before the game amid a firework display. He didn’t score, though. In previous spells at the club, Edmundo has got into trouble for starting fights on the field.

Bjorn out of US Masters

London: Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn has pulled out of this week’s US Masters for family reasons, the tournament’s official website has reported. The withdrawal of Bjorn, whose wife recently gave birth to twins, reduced the field for the year’s first Major to 93 players.

Biker still critical

Tokyo: Japanese rider Daijiro Kato was still in a critical condition Monday, a day after sustaining serious head, neck and chest injuries in a high-speed crash at the Japanese Grand Prix. The 26-year-old slammed into a wall at just under 200kmph on approach to the chicane. His condition was described as “life-threatening”.

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