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Rubens retained

London: Nico Hulkenberg is out but Rubens Barrichello is staying with the Williams Formula One team. The 23-year-old Hulkenberg finished 14th in the drivers’ championship in his debut season. The team announced Monday he would not be back for the 2011 season.

Marco in hospital

Rome: Inter Milan centre-back Marco Materazzi is recovering in hospital after being stretchered off the field during Milan derby following a clash with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Materazzi went off midway through the second half after being caught in the face by Ibrahimovic’s knee Sunday.

Tie postponed

Lagos: The Nigerian Football Federation has postponed its friendly against Iran on Wednesday after a diplomatic row soured relations between the two countries.

Haile volte face

Addis Ababa: Ethiopian long-distance great Haile Gebrselassie has changed his mind about retiring and will compete again. “Running is in my blood and I decided to continue competing,” Gebrselassie said on his Twitter Monday.

Pope advice

Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI has warned athletes not to strengthen their bodies “at all costs” or through illegal substances. Benedict said Monday that sports, when done with passion, can help develop ethics and a taste for “healthy competitiveness.”

Modi issue

Mumbai: The Regional Passport Office (RPO) here has summoned lawyers of Lalit Modi for a hearing on Tuesday, on their plea to inspect documents, on the basis of which the RPO had sought to revoke Modi’s passport.


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