Larson out for rest of season
Madrid: Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson has undergone an operation in the United States to repair a knee ligament injury that will leave him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
'The operation was highly satisfactory,' the club said in a statement. 'His anterior cruciate ligament has been reconstructed.'
The 33-year-old Swedish international, who sustained the injury during his side's 3-0 victory over Real Madrid on November 20, had originally feared the injury might bring a premature end to his career.
The former Celtic player has since said he is determined to play again and Barcelona have extended his contract for another season in the belief he will make a full recovery.
Lisbon: The chairman of European champions Porto was questioned on Friday as part of an investigation into alleged attempts to influence referees.
Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, the Porto chairman, arrived voluntarily at a courthouse in Gondomar to answer questions from police.
He was formally detained on arrival, questioned and released more than three hours later.
TSF radio said Pinto da Costa was released on condition of reporting periodically to police and remaining in the Porto area.
Ronald beats Erwin
Amsterdam: Ajax Amsterdam coach Ronald Koeman took the family bragging rights on Friday as the capital side won 2-1 away at RKC Waalwijk, coached by his brother Erwin. The win kept Ajax third in the Dutch first division but closed the gap on leaders PSV Eindhoven to seven points. PSV play away at Graafschap Doetinchem on Saturday.
Robert Fuchs' deflected shot gave RKC the lead after seven minutes but four minutes later international Wesley Sneijder equalised.
Sania storms into final
Hyderabad: India's Sania Mirza upset top seed Anna Lena Groenefeld of Germany in the semi-finals to enter the final of $50,000 USTA tournament being held in Palm Beach, Florida. Sania brushed aside the top seed (ranked 77 in the world) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to enter the summit round, according to information received here.
Silver Fund launched
New Delhi: The International Tennis Federation (ITF) launched its 'wheelchair tennis silver fund' in India on Saturday marking the silver jubilee anniversary of the wheelchair tennis.
An exhibition match of the wheelchair tennis was also played to celebrate the occasion immediately after the ITF Satellite Masters singles final at the R. K. Khanna Tennis Stadium.
Ghosal in title win
Chennai: Luck favoured top-seeded pair of Sourav Ghosal and Harinder Pal Singh to claim the doubles title in the final of the inaugural national doubles championship on Saturday.
Joshna Chinappa and Deepika Pallikal (TN) claimed the women's doubles title beating Surbhi Mishra (Raj) and Shivangi Paranjpe (Mah) 11-10, 9-3, 11-10.
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