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Zagallo hits visa wall in LA

Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian coach Mario Zagallo was taken for questioning about his visa at Los Angeles airport during a stopover, the Brazilian football confederation (CBF) said on Tuesday.

Zagallo was travelling with the Brazil squad for Wednesday night’s friendly international against Mexico in Guadalajara. He won the World Cup as a player in 1958 and 1962, as coach in 1970 and assistant coach in 1994.

The CBF said on its website that the 71-year-old, who is now the national team’s technical director, was questioned because his US visa was issued in Saudi Arabia.

Zagallo told Brazilian media he was taken into a cubicle, ordered to remove his jacket, shirt and tie, and questioned for an hour.

“They thought there was something wrong with the visa. I’ve used it before in Las Vegas, New York, Miami.... I don’t know what they were thinking,” said Zagallo who spent part of his career working in the Middle East.

Shane Lee calls it a day

Sydney: Former one-day International and New South Wales captain Shane Lee announced his retirement from cricket due to a chronic knee injury on Tuesday.

Lee’s career included 45 ODIs for Australia, a record 59 domestic one-day matches and 73 first-class matches for New South Wales.

He scored 477 runs for Australia at an average of 17.67 and took 48 wickets at an average of 25.94. Lee, Brett Lee’s brother, scored 3,690 runs for New South Wales in first-class matches at an average of 35.14 and took 102 wickets at an average of 41.05.

‘Posh’ fuels Real rumours

London: Victoria Beckham fuelled rumours on Tuesday that her husband, England captain David Beckham, is to quit Manchester United this summer. The former Spice Girls singer, making a guest appearance at a fashion magazine launch in New York, was asked if she was intending to move to Italy or Spain.

“I can’t possibly answer that,” she said, then gave an emphatic nod of the head and smiled.

The brief interview, conducted on Monday, was shown on Tuesday on Britain’s GMTV breakfast show.

British Open gets richer by £3.9 m

St Andrews: Prize money for this year’s British Open, the richest event on European soil, has been upped to a record £3.9 million ($6.21 million), the Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A) announced on Tuesday.

However the winner of this year’s tournament, which takes place at Royal St George’s in Sandwich from July 17-20, will receive £700,000, the same cheque won by 2002 champion Ernie Els at Muirfield.

“We have raised the prize money by a modest amount (£100,000) following several years of substantial increases,” R&A championship secretary David Hill said in a statement. “And in continuing with our policy of rewarding players throughout the field, we have distributed the increase through to the player finishing in 70th place.”

The last of the non-qualifiers for Royal St George’s will be guaranteed £2000, Hill added.

Cologne back in top flight

Berlin: Three-time German champions Cologne made sure of returning to the first division with a 2-1 home victory over second division strugglers FC St Pauli on Monday. Cologne, who were relegated at the end of last season, are now certain of finishing among the top three.

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