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Qatar added to Moto GP map

Brno (Czech Republic): Qatar has been added to the 2004 world motorcycling Grand Prix (Moto GP) calendar bringing the number of races to seventeen, the FIM said on Sunday.

In their provisional calendar released for next season the FIM also noted that the season-opening Japanese Grand Prix scheduled for April 4 at Suzuka was still to be confirmed.

The Qatar race will take place on October 2 with a track due to be built on the outskirts of Doha and financed by the huge income the government enjoys from its oil and natural gas reserves.

Player dies on pitch

Singapore: A former Malaysian striker collapsed and died on the football pitch of an apparent heart failure five minutes after the match had started, a local newspaper reported on Sunday.

Ali Bakar, 56, who was playing for the Malaysian ex-internationals against the ex-Singapore Sultan Gold Cup veterans in a charity match on Saturday, collapsed holding his chest in pain as he was about to pass the ball to a teammate, the paper said.

Efforts to revive him failed and the match was called off.

“The death came as a big shock because Ali was his usual merry self, laughing and joking before the match,” said Peter Jalal, one of the match organisers. He said arrangements were being made to fly Ali’s body back to Penang for burial.

Rooney out of squad

London: England coach Sven Goran Eriksson has left Everton’s teenage star Wayne Rooney out of his squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Croatia. Rooney is still not match-fit after suffering ankle ligament damage, although he came on as a second half substitute in Everton’s 1-2 loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

THE SQUAD — Goalkeepers: David James, Paul Robinson, Chris Kirkland. Defenders: Danny Mills, Wayne Bridge, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Phil Neville, Sol Campbell, Jonathan Woodgate. Midfielders: David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Owen Hargreaves, Kieron Dyer, Danny Murphy, Steven Gerrard, Trevor Sinclair, Joe Cole, Nicky Butt. Strikers: Michael Owen, Emile Heskey, James Beattie.

Denise confirms participation

London: Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Denise Lewis of Britain confirmed on Sunday that she would compete at the world championships, which begin in Paris next weekend.

Although Lewis was selected at the end of July it was not certain that the two-time world silver medallist would compete.

After finishing second and gaining the world championships qualifying standard in the European Cup of Combined Events at the beginning of July, she suffered a bout of sickness. But after setting up a training camp a fortnight ago on the outskirts of Berlin with controversial former East German coach Ekkart Arbeit, Lewis said she was fit to compete.

Ballack to miss Italy tie

Frankfurt: Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack will miss Wednesday’s friendly against Italy in Stuttgart because of a calf injury. Coach Rudi Voeller decided not to risk one of his leading players after he sat out Bayern’s 2-0 Bundesliga win against Bochum on Saturday.

Batistuta arrives

Doha: Gabriel Batistuta arrived here on Saturday to start his new career with Qatari league club Al-Arabi. According to the Qatar News Agency, the 34-year-old arrived from Italy with his family, manager and medical personnel.

His two-year contract is worth $8 million — $5.5 million for the first season and $2.5 million for the second.

Maldini hurt

Milan: AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini will miss the start of the Serie A season after picking up an ankle injury in training that will sideline him for at least a month.


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Live, from 12.25 am (Tuesday) on STAR Sports
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Germany vs Argentina, live from 8.30 pm on TEN Sports

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