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Beckham more of a popstar than player: Pele

Mexico City: English captain David Beckham may be a hero to millions of fans worldwide, but for Brazilian legend Pele, he is more a pop star than an athlete.

“The problem with Beckham is that he married the most famous Spice Girl and now he is more of a pop star than a soccer player,” Pele told reporters on Thursday during a visit to Mexico City to film commercials for and promote an anti-impotence drug.

“Football today is also entertainment and people want players to be stars rather than footballers,” Pele added.

Vandana wins

Chennai: Vandana Agarwal of Calcutta clinched the South India Ladies Open golf title, the season’s opener for 2003, on Friday. The 35-year-old, who led the field of over 50 from the first round, aggregated 305 for four rounds followed by Mayali Talwar at 309 and Shalini Malick at 312 for the second and third places, respectively.

Two experienced golfers, Anajali Chopra and Shruti Khanna, finished in fourth and fifth positions.

Cuttack best

Calcutta: STC Cuttack emerged the champions in the regional level SAI football tournament, adds a Staff Reporter. In the final on Friday, the Cuttack outfit accounted for STC Siliguri 2-0.

Seles pulls out of US Open

New York: Monica Seles has pulled out of this year’s US Open starting August 25 with an injury. She has been sidelined for most of the year with a stress fracture.

The American lost in the first round of the 2003 French Open and has not played since.

Seles won the US Open twice and has nine Grand Slam titles on her resume.

Radcliffe out

London: Britain’s Paula Radcliffe has announced she was withdrawing from the world athletics championships in Paris later this month. Radcliffe had only made herself available for selection for both the 5000m and 10,000m in Paris on Monday, but will now not compete in either event.

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