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Kaiserslautern sack Brehme

Kaiserslautern: World Cup winner Andreas Brehme became the first managerial casualty of the season in the German first division Monday, sacked by the struggling Kaiserslautern.

Brehme lost his job after his side went down 0-3 away to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday. That left them third from bottom with just one point from three games.

The club president Jurgen Friedrich also handed in his resignation. Brehme was a fullback in the German side that defeated Argentina 1-0 in the 1990 World Cup final in Rome converting the second-half penalty which won the match. He had been in charge at Kaiserslautern since October 2000 after taking over from Otto Rehhagel. Assistant coach Karlheinz Emig will take over on an interim basis.

Violence in Argentina

Buenos Aires: Five people were injured and two Argentine league soccer games were interrupted Sunday after fights broke out between police and local fans.

A match between Banfield and Lanus was interrupted twice before it was finally stopped while Lanus fans and police fought in the stands. Twenty-five people were eventually arrested and one supporter was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet, reports said. The violence started when police tried to remove a huge Lanus flag from the visiting fansí stand. Such banners are forbidden.

Also, Estudiantesí clash with River Plate was stopped with River leading 5-0 at the end of the first half.

Estudiantes fans, furious with their sideís display, tried to pull down the fencing that separates fans from the pitch, according to local news agency Diariosy Noticias.

Lino confession

Madrid: Spanish tennis player Lourdes Dominguez Lino has admitted taking a banned substance at a party that led to a positive test for cocaine and a three-month suspension by the WTA Tour. The former French Open junior champion said she had taken the substance at a party in Barcelona shortly before she left for a tournament in Acapulco, Mexico where she gave the positive test on March 1.

In addition to the ban the WTA said the 21-year-old Spaniard will have to forfeit all ranking points and prize money she has earned since the test.

US pull out of meet in Iran

New York: The US freestyle wrestling team has been withdrawn from the world freestyle championships in Iran, following a meeting of the executive committee of USA Wrestling on Sunday.

The executive committee decided against sending a team to the event in Tehran from September 5-7 after receiving credible information on August 23 from an official US government channel concerning a possible threat to the teamís safety.

It also requested that Fila, the sportís governing body, changed the venue to a country that could guarantee the safety of all those taking part in the championships.

British deny Ahn permit

Seoul: A $ 3.1 m move by South Koreaís Ahn Jung-hwan to Blackburn Rovers is off, his agent said, citing the refusal of British authorities to issue the player with a work permit. A key player in the Korean squad that finished fourth in World Cup, Ahn has spent much of the last two years on the bench at Perugia. ďAhn didnít meet requirement which demands 75 percent participation in A matches for the last two years.Ē

A drop in status

London: Former Colombia striker Faustino Asprilla has agreed to play in England again ó for third division Darlington.

The ex-Newcastle United favourite, who has been with his first club Atletico Nacional for a second spell in a chequered and much travelled career, will sign for the Quakers if he passes a medical, Sky Sports News reported on Sunday.

Darlington, who play in the fourth level of the English professional game, will be a huge drop in status for a striker who has been with Parma and Brazilian clubs Palmeiras and Fluminense.

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