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Boksic decides to quit midway

Zagreb: Croat striker Alen Boksic says he is to retire after reaching agreement with English Premier League club Middlesbrough to cut short his contract.

He told the sports newspaper Sportske Novosti: “I am leaving soccer. Is that strange' I am 33-years-old and I announced three years ago I would quit in 2003.

“I am not going to wait for everyone to see me off with relief. I am leaving while I retain full power. I have agreed with Middlesbrough, although my contract runs until the summer.”

Boksic celebrated his 33rd birthday on Friday as struggling Middlesbrough clinched late deals which included bringing strikers Michael Ricketts and Malcolm Christie to the Riverside.

Fraud charges on Marchand

Marseille: Former Olympique Marseille president Yves Marchand has been charged with tax fraud and embezzlement over transfer irregularities when running the former European champions, legal sources said.

Marchand, who was arrested on Wednesday, was released on bail on Thursday by Marseille police after being held for questioning.

Marchand, former chief executive of Adidas France and a close aide to Marseille’s boss Robert Louis-Dreyfus, was being investigated over transfer irregularities between 1997 and 1999.

The police were looking for details on transfers to Marseille of Ivory Coast international Ibrahima Bakayoko and Argentina’s Daniel Montenegro, Edouardo Berizzo and Pablo Calendria. Marchand was club president bewteen 1999 and 2000.

His predecessor Jean-Michel Roussier and former Marseille coach Rolland Courbis have also been charged in the same investigation.

Tamil Nadu men retain title

Hyderabad: Defending champions Tamil Nadu defeated Punjab 86-57 to retain their supremacy while Delhi women pulled an upset 75-61 victory against mighty Railways to annex the crown in the 53rd senior national basketball championship here on Saturday.

Tamil Nadu extended their lease over Edward William Todd Memorial Trophy for the fourth consecutive time by defeating title aspirants Punjab claiming a huge lead of 40-26 at the breather. Delhi women led by Sheeba Moggan, who scored 36 points, won the Basalath Jah Trophy defeating the defending champions.

In memory of Scindia

Indore: Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) has instituted an award in memory of Madhavrao Scindia which will be given to an outstanding cricketer from the state from next year, MPCA president and state PWD minister Shravan Patel said here on Saturday.

“MPCA has instituted an award of Rs 21,000 to be given to the outstanding cricketer of Madhya Pradesh in memory of the late Madhavrao Scindia”, said Patel.

Schumi’s advice

Rome: Michael Schumacher wants ordinary drivers to take more precautions in their daily trips. In an appeal in an Italian newspaper, he urged drivers to fasten their seat-belts, use baby seats for small children, adjust all seats properly and secure any loose baggage.

n Soccer: Premier League, Aston Villa vs Blackburn Rovers from 5pm on ESPN n Cricket: Mission South Africa, India vs Sri Lanka from 11.30pm on ESPN n Motorsports: International Motorsports News 2003 from 9am on STAR Sports

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