Raul sale denied by Real
Madrid: Real Madrid were reported on Thursday to be ready to sell star striker Raul to Manchester United just a week after paying the English champions 35 million euros for England captain David Beckham.
The Cope radio station said a deal was in the offing but Real denied the story.
Ronaldo was also reported by sports daily Marca to have pleaded with Real president Florentino Perez to sign his Brazil World Cup teammate Ronaldinho from Paris St Germain. Manchester are trying to sign Ronaldinho although Perez said last week he would be interested in the player for next season.
Prague: The Czech Fed Cup team have threatened to boycott their Fed Cup play-off match in South Africa next month following a row over victory bonuses, the Czech press reported on Thursday.
The 48th-ranked Daniela Bedanova told Sport newspaper they would get $2,000 for winning and nothing should they lose the July 19-20 fixture. She said this was not sufficient and that the players had sent a letter of complaint to the country’s tennis federation.
Boca win first leg
Buenos Aires: Marcelo Delgado struck in each half to give Boca Juniors a 2-0 win in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final first leg against Brazilian side Santos on Wednesday. A patchy, bad-tempered match saw nine players booked and Santos defender Reginaldo Araujo sent off eight minutes from time for a second bookable offence.
Santos goalkeeper Fabio Costa was to blame for both Delgado goals. He failed to gather a low shot from Delgado on 32 minutes and then allowed a Delgado cross to sail over his head in the 83rd minute.
Paris: Fifa has banned Ariel Ortega from playing any club football until December 30, 2003 and will force the Argentine international to repay former club Fenerbahce $11 million.
Ortega failed to respect his contractual obligations to the Turkish first division giants, who he left midway through his contract, according to a statement released by Fifa on Thursday.
Ortega, 29, left Fenerbahce while in the middle of a contract which is due to run until 2006.The Turkish club took the case to Fifa's Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC), who confirmed its ruling Thursday.
WTA meet scrapped
Zagreb: Croatia’s only WTA tournament, Croatian Bol Ladies Open, launched in 1991, has come to an end because financial problems have forced director Antun Plenkovic to sell the licence for the event to the US.
“The tournament will next year be played in Cincinnati,” Plenkovic told the daily Vecernji List in an interview published on Thursday. He said local hoteliers showed no interest in providing cash for fees and the prize money fund.
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