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Real don’t need Becks: Toshack

London: Former Real Madrid coach John Toshack believes Manchester United midfielder David Beckham should join the Spanish first division club — should the opportunity arise.

However Toshack, who played nearly 250 games for Liverpool before embarking on a successful coaching career that included two stints in charge at the Bernabeu, told BBC radio on Sunday he doubted the move would come off. “If there is truth in the rumour that Real Madrid want him then I would advise him, if he has a say in the matter, to say yes,” said Toshack, who resigned as coach of Italian Serie B club Catania in January.

“There are so many positive things, so many positive experiences that he could take from a move to Madrid. He still has probably five years left and, if the opportunity does come up, then I think he should take it. If we are speaking from a purely football point of view, however, Madrid need players more in other positions. I don’t think they need Beckham, but these days in football you are never surprised.”

How to lose a fortune

London: Bolton Wanderers’ comeback from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 with Arsenal on Saturday cost one English gambler £3,000 ($4,773) — in a bet that would have won him only a hundredth of that amount.

When Arsenal were leading 2-0 midway through the second half the punter from Newcastle staked £3,000 with bookmaker William Hill at odds of 1-100 that they would go on and win the game.

He stood to win just £30 but Youri Djorkaeff’s neat chip and a late own goal by Martin Keown cost him dear. Another punter, however, remains confident in Arsenal’s ability to come back from the defeat and overhaul Manchester United for the league championship.

He staked £4,000 at odds of 7-4 that Arsenal will retain the title. Manchester United, two points ahead with three games remaining, are 2-5 favourites.

Gayle hits form in three-dayer

Bridgetown: Opening batsman Chris Gayle celebrated his recall to the West Indies team with a13th first-class century for the University of the West Indies’ Vice Chancellor’s XI in Saturday’s opening day of a three-dayer against Australia.

Gayle hit 129 to help the Vice Chancellor’s XI to a first innings total of 290.

However, he shared the spotlight with Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill, who captured five wickets for 40 runs.

Safety issues

Welkom: Moto GP riders have agreed to hold regular meetings with the organisers of the world championship to discuss safety issues following the death of Japan’s Daijiro Kato after a crash earlier this month.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, the chief executive of Dorna Sports, the managing company of the MotoGP world championship, announced the decision after meeting all the riders on Saturday at the Phakisa Freeway Circuit, which hosts South Africa’s Grand Prix this weekend.

“It is clear that we all have a common goal of making MotoGP as safe as possible,” said Ezpeleta.

Teenage hero

Brisbane: A 13-year-old Perth student won the 100m freestyle in his age group at the Australian titles in Brisbane on the weekend, three months after a car accident left him in a day-long coma and critically ill.

Bobby Jovanovich finished with a time of 54.34 seconds to take 0.02 seconds off the 10-year-old Australian record set by Peter Fisher.

Sport on screen
Cricket, South Africa vs Bangladesh, First Test — Highlights from 7.30 am on STAR Sports n Cricket, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, First Test, Day IV — from 9.30 am on Ten Sports n Soccer, English Premier League — from 12.25 am (Tuesday) on STAR Sports

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