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Team Jordan in sponsorship row

London: Vodafone have dismissed as “wholly without merit” a legal action brought by the Jordan team in a row over Formula One sponsorship.

Neither Jordan nor Vodafone would comment on the details of a British Sunday newspaper report that Jordan was seeking £150 million ($250 million) in damages from the mobile phone company. But both sides said on Monday that they were expecting legal proceedings to start shortly.

“Vodafone Group Plc confirms that proceedings are being brought by Jordan Grand Prix Limited,” Vodafone said in a statement. “Vodafone believes and has been advised by leading counsel that the claim is wholly without merit and on that basis Vodafone is vigorously defending its position.”

Vodafone currently sponsor world champions Ferrari. The Sunday Times reported that Jordan were claiming Vodafone had agreed to sponsor the team but instead signed a deal worth an estimated £110 million with Ferrari.

Megha crashes out

New Delhi: Fed Cup player Megha Vakharia bowed out of the $10,000 ITF women’s circuit meet in Seoul with a first round loss on Monday.

Megha, returning to the circuit after a long break, went down to local girl Hong Da-jung 6-3, 6-1, according to information received here. Megha had been recuperating from an abdomen injury and had also withdrawn from a $25,000 tournament that she had entered earlier.

Milan sign Cafu for two years

Milan: European champions AC Milan have agreed a two-year contract with Brazilian full back Cafu.

Cafu, captain of Brazil’s World Cup-winning side last year, was a free agent after leaving AS Roma at the end of this season. Milan said on their official website they had agreed terms on a deal with Cafu which would run until June 2005.

The 33-year-old joined Roma from Brazilian club Palmeiras in 1997 and was a part of the side who won the Italian title in 2001.

Spurs take 2-1 lead

East Rutherford (New Jersey): French sniper Tony Parker fired a game-high 26 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to an 84-79 victory over the New Jersey Nets in Game III of the best-of-seven NBA finals on Sunday. The Spurs now have a 2-1 series lead with Game IV coming up on Wednesday.

Tim Duncan contributed 21 points and 16 rebounds to the San Antonio cause.

Argentina beat Brazil

Kuala Lumpur: Argentina beat Brazil 3-2 in the final of the Kuala Lumpur world futsal championship on Sunday after a golden goal by Carlos

Gonzales in extra-time. The match was forced into extra-time after regulation time

ended 2-2. This was the Argentines first win over Brazil.

Futsal, or indoor soccer, is played by five players per side with two 20-minute periods.

Finnan for Liverpool

Liverpool: Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Ireland right back Steve Finnan from Fulham, the English Premier League club’s website reported on Monday.

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