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Ronaldinho stakes raised

Paris: Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon has been told he can have Paris Saint Germain’s (PSG) Brazilian star Ronaldinho for 45 million euros ($52 million).

PSG president Francis Graille, due to meet Kenyon and United directors David Gill and Maurice Watkins on Wednesday, has been boosted by major shareholder Canal Plus Television’s decision to raise 20 million euros for the cash-strapped club.

“If they come with an offer of 45 million euros things can go very fast,” Graille told the Le Parisien.

United were reported to have offered $24 million.

PSG coach Vahid Halilhodzic has changed his attitude towards the player. When he was appointed last month, the coach refused to contemplate Ronaldinho leaving. “Of course if we get a good offer we have to consider it,” he said.

Special Olympians missing

Dublin: Irish police appealed Tuesday for information about five members of Special Olympics delegations from Niger and Pakistan who have gone missing in Dublin. Police said none of the five — two team coaches and three athletes — had applied for political asylum. If they did make an application for refugee status, they would be allowed to stay in Ireland while it was being processed. “Our main concern is to ensure they are safe,” the spokesman said.

Four of the six-strong Niger delegation have been missing since they went shopping on Sunday. A coach with the Pakistan delegation is also missing. Another missing coach from Sudan has turned up.

No place for Dokic

Sydney: Jelena Dokic’s chances of representing Australia at next year’s Athens Olympics officially ended here on Tuesday with the naming of Australia’s Fed Cup team to play Colombia this month. Under ITF regulations, Dokic would have had to play for Australia this year to be eligible for the Olympics.

The Fed Cup tie against Colombia in Wollongong from July 19-20 is Australia’s last tie of the year.

Australia named the same squad that lost to Spain in the World Group opening tie: Alicia Molik, Nicole Pratt, Samantha Stosur and doubles specialist Rennae Stubbs.

Shevchenko best in Ukraine

Kiev: Ukrainian international striker Andriy Shevchenko, who plays with AC Milan, was on Tuesday named Ukrainian Player of the Year for the third consecutive year.

Shevchenko was selected in a survey carried out by the Voice of Ukraine among 82 of the country’s sports journalists. FC Koln midfielder Andrei Voronin took second spot, while Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukraine’s international half-back Anatoly Tomoshchuk was third.

Philippines chief shot at

Manila: Gunmen shot and wounded the head of the Philippines’ athletics association on Tuesday, police said. Go Teng Kok, who heads the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association, was in a critical condition in hospital.

He was shot while in a park in Manila, police said.

Bellamy charged

London: Newcastle United and Wales striker Craig Bellamy faces three charges of racially aggravated offences following an incident in Cardiff city centre in March, a spokesman for Cardiff magistrates’ court said on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Bellamy did not appear in court to hear the charges. He is alleged to have been involved in an altercation outside a nightclub on March 24. Police said they were investigating the incident after a man was “allegedly verbally and racially abused.”

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