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Ronaldo, fianc'e part ways

Sao Paulo: Real Madrid striker Ronaldo and MTV Brazil host Daniella Cicarelli has said that they were breaking up.

'(They) have officially separated and reserve the right to not give any additional details about the episode,' they said in a short joint statement released to the media.

The announcement comes just two weeks after Cicarelli, who's also a model, had a miscarriage.

Ronaldo and Cicarelli had planned to marry later this year, but local media had widely reported that the couple's relationship was undergoing a crisis and that they were hardly seeing each other recently.

On February 14, the 28-year-old three-time Fifa Player of the Year and Cicarelli threw a lavish party for more than 200 guests at France's Chantilly Castle to celebrate their engagement.

Fan stabbed to death

Bogota: A supporter of Bogota team Santa Fe was stabbed to death and another 25 fans hurt at a match on Wednesday in Colombia's worst soccer violence for years, police said.

Another man was in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed by fellow Santa Fe supporters and hitting his head when he threw himself off a terrace to escape at the match against Cali team America in Bogota's Campin stadium.

In another incident, dozens of Santa Fe fans invaded the pitch during the local first division game that their team lost 2-5.

Beckham doubtful

Madrid: David Beckham is doubtful for Real Madrid's league match at Sevilla on Saturday because of a muscle strain in his left leg, club doctors said on Thursday.

The 30-year-old England captain, who has been in fine form for Real in recent games, has been unable to train fully for the last two days and will have a fitness test on Friday.

In training on Thursday, Real coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo tried out Spanish international Guti in place of Beckham rather than his more natural replacement Luis Figo, who has fallen out of favour in the last month.

Jail term for footballer

Brescia: Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Josep Guardiola was sentenced to seven months in jail on doping charges.

Guardiola, 34, is the first soccer player sentenced under an Italian law created in 2000 making doping a criminal offence. Guardiola, who denied taking banned substances, appealed the sentence on Wednesday and is free to leave the country. He currently plays in Qatar.

No date was immediately set for the appeal hearing. Guardiola, who played for Brescia from 2001 to 2003 in the Serie A, tested positive for the steroid nandrolone in November 2001.

Ebrahim to take part

New Delhi: Young motorsport driver Arman Ebrahim is all set to prove his mettle in the second round of the Asian Formula BMW championship at the Sepang Formula One track in Malaysia on Sunday.

Ebrahim, who had finished fourth in the first round in Sepang, was hopeful of a good podium finish this weekend, a press release said here on Thursday.

The 15-year-old left for Malaysia to practice in his high-powered shifter Kart, which would impart him speed in the Formula BMV.

Twenty20 in UAE

Dubai: Twenty20 matches will begin in the United Arab Emirates with the Sharjah Cricket Council launching the Twenty20 Cup later this month.

The AJ Sports Twenty20 Cup will attract 24 teams on first come first serve basis.

Tennis: ATP Hamburg Masters live from 4.30 pm on STAR Sports
Tennis: French Open preview from 6pm on TEN Sports
Motorsport Asia from 7.30 pm on ESPN

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