My time is up, says Romario
Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian striker Romario announced his retirement on Monday at the age of 42, ending a career in which he won the World Cup, was involved in numerous controversies and claimed to have scored more than 1,000 goals. “Officially, I’m not playing any more. I’ve stopped,” Romario said at a DVD launch. “My time is up. Everything has been a lot of fun.”
Romario played for Brazil at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, scoring five goals to help Brazil win the latter tournament. He made 73 appearances for his country between 1987 and 2005, scoring 56 goals.
One killed in Serbia riots
Novi Sad: One person was shot dead and several were injured during a massive brawl between rival Serbian soccer fans, police said on Tuesday. The clash, between Partizan Belgrade and Vojvodina Novi Sad fans, took place late on Monday in a village near this northern Serbian town. Police said that a Partizan fan shot dead a Vojvodina supporter. Several people were injured in the brawl, including one seriously. The clash followed violent street fights in Novi Sad before Sunday’s Vojvodina-Partizan first league match.
Diju, Jwala up
New Delhi: India’s V. Diju and Jwala Gutta made the main draw of the mixed doubles event of the Asian Badminton Championships in Johor Bahru but compatriots Akshay Dewalkar and Shruti Kurian lost in the final of the qualifiers.
Diju and Jwala beat Hong Kong’s Wai Ho Hui and Wai Chee Koon 21-16, 21-12 in the final of their section of the qualifiers.
Dewalkar and Kurian lost 22-20, 21-17 to Hong Kong’s Chun Yiu Leung and Kwan Yi Mong.
Houston: Fifteen-year-old Ryan Harrison beat Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-3 in the US Clay Court Championship on Monday to become the 10th player in the Open Era to win a main-draw match before his 16th birthday. Harrison will turn 16 on May 7.
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