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Karun gets a new sponsor

New Delhi: India’s driving prodigy Karun Chandhok has signed up a Rs 1.2 crore sponsorship deal with UK telecommunications provider Vanguard group.

The deal was finalised after recent discussions between Vanguard’s CEO Paolo Fidanza and Karun’s commercial manager Sanjay Sharma, a press release said here on Monday.

The deal is for the entire 2004 season, including the remaining rounds of this year’s British Formula III championship, it said.

Ronaldo aims at 35

Sao Paulo: Real Madrid’s World Cup winner Ronaldo has said he is determined to make this season the best of his career and aims to prove it by scoring 35 goals for the Spanish League champions.

“This promises to be my best season. I feel that I’m at the peak of my career,” the 26-year-old told a Brazilian daily. The Spanish League gets underway next weekend.

The supreme striker, who scored both goals in Brazil’s 2-0 triumph over Germany in last year’s World Cup final in Yokohama, wants to better his tally of last year. Donning Real colours last season, Ronaldo had scored 23 goals which was second-best in the league behind Deportivo’s Roy Makaay (29).

“It’s not a bet, it’s a goal that I set to motivate myself,” said the Brazilian.

Title for Clarke

Akron: Britain’s Darren Clarke survived two bogeys in the last four holes to win the World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational by four shots on Sunday. The 35-year-old Northern Irishman, who began the day one clear of the field, made the most of a fast start, stretching his lead to five with seven holes remaining before closing with a three-under-par 67.

Clarke, who beat world No. 1 Tiger Woods to win the 2000 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, finished at 12-under 268, with American Jonathan Kaye (70) second and Davis Love III (69) a further shot back in third.

Crespo to sign Tuesday

London: Big-spenders Chelsea are expected to complete the signing of Argentina striker Hernan Crespo from Inter Milan on Tuesday, the player’s agent said Monday. Crespo will become Chelsea’s latest summer acquisition in the next 24 hours following the agreement reached between the Italian side and Russian oil tycoon Roman Abramovich’s club for the transfer of the 28-year-old. “Crespo will sign his contract with Chelsea on Tuesday after he passes the medical tests,” agent Fernando Hidalgo said. “The agreement between clubs has been reached.”

Salas on target

Buenos Aires: Chilean striker Marcelo Salas scored his first goal since rejoining River Plate as the Argentine champions drew 2-2 in their derby at Independiente on Sunday. Salas, who returned to the club where he made his name after an unhappy time in Italy with Juventus, was on target with a 56th-minute header during a second-half spell which produced three goals in five minutes.

Christian Gimenez put Independiente ahead in the 54th minute but, after Salas equalised, defender Horacio Ameli gave the visitors the lead in the 58th.

River, who lost their last two matches, appeared to be heading for a much-needed win until Jeremias Caggiano struck a last-minute equaliser for the Red Devils. The result kept River in 14th place with four points from their first four games.


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