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Rude Ruud dropped

Amsterdam: The Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has been dropped for next monthís Euro 2004 qualifier against Moldova after his outburst on being substituted in their last match against the Czech Republic, the Dutch Football Association said on Tuesday. National coach Dick Advocaat told the Manchester United player that disciplinary measures had been taken against him after he spat on the ground and kicked a water bottle in disgust after being replaced by Pierre van Hooijdonk.

Rios cleared

Santiago: Former world No. 1 tennis player Marcelo Rios was cleared of assaulting two policemen at a Santiago bar by a court here Tuesday. Justice Juan Andres Troncoso dismissed the charges for lack of proof.

The 27-year-old, who became world No. 1 for six weeks in 1998, said he would leave Chile for good. ďIím leaving, Iíve thought about it a thousand times,Ē he told local television.

Umpire Ghouse passes away

Chennai: International hockey umpire Mohammed Ghouse passed away this morning following sudden heart attack, family sources said. He was 74.Ghouse had officiated at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 and at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. He also officiated in the World Cup in 1978 in Argentina and in Esanda hockey tournament in Melbourne in 1979.

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