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Perugia look for perfect woman

Rome: Italian soccer team Perugia were scouring the globe on Wednesday for the perfect female footballer to play alongside the men in Serie A, and hand the club a world first.

“Within six months we’ll have a woman playing in Perugia’s red strip,” Luciano Gaucci, club president, said. Gaucci said club scouts were homing in on Germany, Scandinavia and former-Yugoslavian countries in search of Perugia's female footballer.

Perugia are no strangers to unorthodox signings. Last month they lured Al-Saadi Gaddafi, the 28-year-old son of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi into a Perugia shirt for the next two years.

Holyfield’s vow

Los Angeles: Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield may be 40 years old but he vowed on Tuesday to keep fighting until he regains his crown.

His next opponent, International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Cruiserweight champion James Toney believes the end may be near for Holyfield, the only heavyweight in history to win a world titles on four separate occasions. Holyfield failed to impress in his last fight, losing on points to Chris Byrd for the thenvacant IBF version of the heavyweight championship in December 2002.

Samuel pledge

Rome: AS Roma’s Argentine central defender Walter Samuel has dismissed reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid and insisted he will see out the remaining three years of his contract.

“I have a contract with Roma until 2006 and I am very happy here,” Samuel said.

Ben Curtis withdraws

Hartford: Fresh off his stunning victory at the British Open, Ben Curtis withdrew on Tuesday from the Greater Hartford Open. A 26-year-old PGA Tour rookie, Curtis became the most improbable of major champions Sunday by winning the British Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich.

Curtis admitted the victory has taken something out of him heading into this week’s PGA Tour event. “The overwhelming experience of winning the Open Championship last week finally caught up with me and I’m exhausted,” Curtis said.

Newcastle’s plans

Kuala Lumpur: Newcastle United announced on Wednesday they were working on plans with China’s Dalian United to form a new club in Hong Kong to compete next season.

The English Premier League club’s chairman Freddy Shepherd outlined the proposal during a news conference in Malaysia, where Newcastle are competing in a pre-season tournament. He said Newcastle would run the business the side, while Dalian would handle the administration, registering the new club with the Chinese Football Association. Shepherd declined to reveal Newcastle’s investment in the deal.

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