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Bayern sign peace treaty

Berlin: The row between Bayern Munich and German soccer powers over a controversial marketing deal ended on Saturday when the four-time European champions agreed to hand over three million Euros ($3.23 million).

The German Football League (DFL) said in a statement that league leaders Bayern had agreed to pay 2.5 million Euros to the body ruling professional soccer in Germany and a further 500,000 Euros to charity.

The German Football League (DFL) said it would take no further action against the club, who had threatened to pull out of the Bundesliga if they did not agree to the verdict.

The scandal broke in February, when Bayern confirmed a newspaper report that they had received a top-up of 21.5 million Euros through a secret marketing deal with the troubled KirchMedia group.

The club insisted nobody had been harmed by the deal but the DFL launched an investigation to determine whether the payment, on top of television cash passed on to all German professional clubs via the Bundesliga, contravened the principle of central marketing.

Tyson may not get licence

Newark: Any request by Mike Tyson for a New Jersey boxing licence will be denied by Gov. James McGreevey, according to a newspaper report. Tys on agreed to a fight this summer at the Meadowlands, provided he could secure a boxing licence frmo the state athletic control board.

“The administration had some issues with it and asked (New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority CEO George Zoffinger) not to pursue it,” McGreevey spokesman Micah Rasmussen said.

The deal with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority called for the former heavyweight champion to appear on June 21 at Continental Airlines arena.

The announcement angered lawmakers. Democratic senate president Richard J. Codey told the athletic control board in a letter that the boxer has shown no evidence “he has in any way improved his atrocious behaviour.”

Devendra Joshi snookers Shroff

Mumbai: Ninth seed Devendra Joshi of Maharashtra drubbed tenth seed and statemate Sarang Shroff 7-2 (17-56, 55-46, 62-46, 76-27, 28-67, 70-19, 69-29, 65-20, 67-60) in the final to clinch the title in the all-India invitation snooker tournament at the NSCI ON Saturday.

Though the players failed to score big breaks throughout the match, the match was decided when former national champion Joshi pocketed the black ball in the centre pocket with both players tied on 60 points each in the ninth frame.

Joshi took home Rs 60,000 for his efforts, while shroff had to be content with Rs 40,000 and another Rs 5,000 which he got for the highest break of 116 during the league stage.

Coco out of action

Milan: Inter Milan full back Francesco Coco looks likely to miss the rest of the season with a thigh injury picked up during Wednesday’s Champions League quarter final first leg victory over Valencia.

Coco was taken off on a stretcher in the first half of Inter’s 1-0 win against the Spaniards and the club said on its website that tests had shown he had pulled a thigh muscle.

Inter’s medical staff told Italian media that Coco was expected to be out of action for at least a month.

Real for Beijing

Beijing: Real Madrid will play a match against a Chinese side here on August 3 to commemorate the second anniversary of the capital winning the right to host the 2008 Olympic Games, a local paper reported Saturday.

The Spanish club has agreed to bring all its stars including Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Raul Gonzalez, the Beijing Morning Post reported.

n Cricket, Tri-series: India vs South Africa live, from 1.30 pm on STAR Sports n Soccer, Champions League: Highlights from 5.00 pm on ESPN n Cricket, Australia vs West Indies: First Test (Day IV), live from 7.30 pm on ESPN n Golf, Augusta Masters: Live, from 12.30 am on STAR Sports


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