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Indian lifters bag 4 golds

New Delhi: Indian lifters clinched four gold and six silver medals at the on-going fifth Asian youth weightlifting meet in Bali.

According to an Indian Weightlifting Federation press release on Thursday, Sunil Naik grabbed two gold medals — for snatch and overall — and settled for a silver in jerk in the 62kg boys’ category.

In the girls’ section, Supriya Patil won golds in jerk and overall, and silver in snatch in the 44kg category. In the boys’ 56kg, Dhirendra Farswan won three silvers (snatch, jerk and overall), while M. Shivarani took silver in jerk in the girls’ 48kg.

Makaay deal not quite sealed

Munich: Dutch striker Roy Makaay completed his first training session at Bayern Munich on Thursday although the German champions were still awaiting written confirmation of their record deal with Deportivo La Coruna.

“The transfer is sealed,” said a notice on Bayern’s website.

“Well, not quite sealed, but almost,” contradicted a Bayern spokeswoman. “We’re still waiting for written confirmation from Deportivo. A fax could come any minute now, but could equally come tomorrow.”

Deportivo simply had to finalise a few details, although the fact that they have not signed the transfer agreement meant Makaay was not yet eligible to play for the Bavarian club.

Lee sets ‘new time’

New Delhi: Australian speedster Brett Lee will be the brand ambassador of Timex’ Billenium watches, and will make select appearances in India in the coming months.

Lee, who made his Test debut against India in 1999-2000 in Australia, will endorse the watches both in India and Australia.

The agreement, initially for a period of one year, will see Lee visit India in September, a media release from the company said on Thursday.

Red Devils humbled

Lisbon: Manchester United started life without Argentine playmaker Juan Sebastian Veron with a 1-3 humbling at the hands of Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon to celebrate the opening of the stadium that will feature at next year’s Euro 2004 finals.

Two goals from Portuguese veteran Joao Pinto — both in the second-half — and a first-half goal by Luis Felipe were enough to see off a lifeless United side that relied on a late own goal by Hugo as a consolation.

Phelps misses world mark

College Park (Maryland): Michael Phelps, who set five world swimming records at last month’s world championships, just missed adding another on Wednesday while winning two titles at the United States Championships.

Showing world-class form in events outside his specialities, Phelps won the 100m freestyle in 49.19 seconds and the 200m backstroke in 1:56.10, fading in the final 30m after spending most of the race on world-record pace.

Phelps missed compatriot Aaron Piersol’s 200m backstroke world record of 1:55.15 set last year, settling for the fifth-fastest time ever.

Lomu comeback

Wellington: Jonah Lomu will make his return to rugby on Saturday after battling back from a flare-up of his career-threatening kidney illness. Lomu will start on the left wing in Wellington’s National Provincial Championship (NPC) dress-rehearsal, against Taranaki on Saturday.

Lomu faces a race against time to stand a chance of being included in New Zealand’s World Cup squad.

Giddins retires

London: Former England pace bowler Ed Giddins may have to return to selling Christmas trees again after announcing his retirement from first class cricket on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old, capped four times, took the decision to quit after failing to fully recover from shoulder and knee injuries and told his County side Hampshire — for whom he had played just thrice this season — that he could not attain the level of fitness required.

SPORTS ON SCREEN

Cricket, Team India programming: Texaco Trophy vs England, highlights from 9.30 pm on ESPN
Tennis, ATP Tour: Montreal Masters, live from 10.30 pm and 5.00 am (Saturday) on STAR Sports
Soccer, pre-season friendly: Real Madrid vs Hong Kong, live from 5.00 pm on TEN SPORTS

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