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Kenya stars for charity

London: Ethiopian Olympic gold medallists Haile Gebreselassie and Derartu Tulu are to join other world record holders and 11,000 people in a charity run in Addis Ababa. The 6km event on September 7 aims to highlight the country’s entrenched poverty, AllAfrica.com reported.

National coach Dr Woldemeskel Kostre said the country’s great names could help raise awareness of the plight of the impoverished nation. Ethiopia is in the grip of a famine that has hit 12.6 million people and claimed tens of thousands of lives.

Players get 5-yr ban

Lagos: Two players from Nigerian premier league club Sunshine Stars have been banned for five years each and the team’s home ground banned for a year after a crowd incident at a recent game left one fan dead and several others seriously injured.

The league’s management committee slapped the record ban on Segun Ademola and Omotoyosi Razak for attacking referee Abu Mallam after their team’s 1-1 draw at home to Enyimba on July 16.

Leipold suffers stroke

Berlin: Former world and European wrestling champion Alexander Leipold of Germany has suffered a stroke and is in a very serious condition.

The German wrestling federation (DRB) said in a statement on Friday that the 33-year-old had been flown back from a training camp in Uzbekistan and was being treated at a German clinic.

Leipold was stripped of the gold medal in the 76kg freestyle category he won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics after testing positive for two anabolic substances.

Ronaldo’s ‘golden’ hour

Hong Kong: Hours before Real Madrid’s friendly against a Hong Kong-China team on Friday, the Spanish team’s megastar Ronaldo had other, more eclectic things on his mind — he took time out to visit a Hong Kong jewellry shop famous for its full-size, solid gold toilets.

Ronaldo didn’t buy one — instead, the shop gave him a 24-karat gold-plated miniature of the real thing.

Venus pulls out

Los Angeles: Venus Williams has withdrawn from next week’s AT&T Cup in Toronto due to an abdominal tear she aggravated at Wimbledon, tournament director Stacey Allaster said on Thursday. The world No. 4 has not played since the Wimbledon final in early July and the latest withdrawal means her next tournament will be the US Open starting on August 25.

Women’s snooker

Mumbai: Vidya Pillai of Tamil Nadu and Chitra Magimairaj of Karnataka are the top two seeds in the sixth all-India women’s open snooker meet to be held at the Bombay Gymkhana from August 11-16. Neeta Sanghvi of Maharashtra and R. Umadevi of Karnataka are seeded three and four.

SPORTS ON SCREEN

Rugby, Tri-nation series: New Zealand vs South Africa, live from 1.00 pm on STAR Sports
Cricket, UK domestic season: Surrey vs Gloucestershire, 11.35 pm on ESPN
Tennis, ATP Tour: Montreal Masters, live from 10.30 pm and 4.30 am (Sunday) on STAR Sports


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