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England match abandoned

England and Zimbabwe were forced to share three points each after their tri-series one-day international was abandoned on Tuesday, rain forcing the players off midway through the home side's innings at Headingley. Rain had already cut the match to 25 overs a side and England, put into bat on a damp pitch, slumped to 81 for four in 16.3 when umpires David Shepherd and Simon Taufel abandoned the game. Two balls earlier, the light was offered to the two batsmen -- skipper Michael Vaughan and his Yorkshire captain Anthony McGrath -- who refused to take the offer and carried on batting on their home field.


Ronaldo agents stay in jail

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected an appeal to release two representatives of the soccer star Ronaldo pending their trial in connection with the alleged extortion of US$33 million deposited in Swiss bank accounts. Reinaldo Pitta and Alexandre Martins were arrested on June 2 on suspicion of money laundering and accounting fraud in a case involving eight Brazilian federal and state tax inspectors. Lawyers asked Judge Paulo Espirito Santo to allow the pair to remain free pending trial or be placed under house arrest, claiming they were unwell and that they faced a risk to their lives in prison.


Williams trial delayed

Former NBA star Jayson Williams will not go on trial for a limousine driver's shooting death until next year. On Tuesday, a judge delayed Williams' trial until Jan. 12, allowing time to decide a series of pretrial requests by defense lawyers. It's the second postponement for a trial first scheduled for February, then September. "I think it's very likely that this case can go in January because that gives everyone time to resolve any issues," First Assistant Hunterdon County Prosecutor Steven Lember said. Williams, 35, is accused of recklessly handling the shotgun that killed Costas Christofi on Feb. 14 last year at Williams' home.


Russian takes over Chelsea

Longtime Chelsea owner Ken Bates has sold his controlling stake in the club to Russian businessman Roman Abramovich. Abramovich, who is a major shareholder in the Russian oil company Sibneft, on Tuesday arranged to buy 84,908,506 Chelsea Village Shares -- some 50 million of which are owned by Bates -- representing approximately 50.09 percent of the entire issued share capital of the company, which is parent company of the Premier League club. The total cost of purchasing the shares will cost the 36-year-old Abramovich British Pound 29.6 million (US$49.73 million) and the development ends Bates' 21-year spell as Chelsea chairman.


Alomar goes to Chicago

Roberto Alomar was traded by the Mets to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, ending a disappointing 1-1/2-year stay in New York in which he failed to live up to his elite billing. New York received three prospects for a second baseman who may eventually wind up in the Hall of Fame but was unable to turn the high-priced Mets into a winner. Alomar is eligible to become a free agent after the season. The Mets, knowing they were all but assured of losing Alomar, were able to at least get some players for him. The White Sox sent New York minor league pitchers Royce Ring and Edwin Almonte and infielder Andrew Salvo.


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