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A tale of tragedy and triumph

Two men came into the beautiful game of football for similar reasons. However, while one, Marc-Vivien Foe, collapsed and died on the field at the age of 28, the other, Gianfranco Zola, at the ripe old age of 37, has been able to choose the time and place to wind down a wonderful career. Here is a tale of two extremes.

Watch firm blames Ronaldo for drop in sales

A Swiss watchmaker has gone into receivership, blaming an injury suffered by Brazilian star Ronaldo for a drop in sales of a watch the player had promoted.

Family fears for Lomu's health

The father of All Black Jonah Lomu fears the giant wing, stricken by a kidney ailment, may put his life on the line to play at this year#8217;s World Cup in Australia.

United aim to grab Ronaldinho

Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon was in Paris Wednesday in a bid to close a deal on Paris St Germain#8217;s Brazil World Cup star Ronaldinho.

French team doctor: Some clubs are not paying sufficient attention to players' health

French team doctor Jean-Marcel Ferret said on Friday that some clubs are not paying sufficient attention to the health of their players and that FIFA should act to protect their prize assets.

Colombia have reasons to tame the Lions

Colombia could be forgiven for being extra motivated when they take on Cameroon in the Confederations Cup semi-final here today.

Pride quietly creeps into contention after brush with death

DICKY Pride teed off inconspicuously midway through the third round of the 103rd US Open and quietly shot a four-under-par 66 to haul himself into contention.

China to kick off season in July after SARS scare

China will kick off its domestic football season in early July after postponing it for almost two months due the outbreak of SARS, state newspapers said Saturday.

Reds going to Hong Kong, but not China

English Premier League giants Liverpool confirmed yesterday they will play a friendly match in Hong Kong in July as part of their build-up to the 2003-2004 season.

Iran to host AFC's futsal tourney

Health officials in Japan have told soccer officials they cannot hold an international competition there because of concerns over SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said yesterday.