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■ Baseball

Canada, Cuba reach Athens

Canada and Cuba clinched spots in the 2004 Olympics in Athens with easy wins in a baseball qualifying tournament. Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins homered for Canada in an 11-1 rout of Mexico, which eliminated the defending champion US team Friday. Cuba beat Puerto Rico 10-0 earlier Sunday in the Americas Pre-Olympic tournament. Both games were shortened to seven innings because of the lopsided scores. Canada and Cuba will play Monday in the final. Morneau, who batted .226 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 106 at-bats for the Twins this season, hit a two-run homer in a four-run third inning. He has five home runs in the tournament. Ryan Radmanovich, Pierre LaForest and Stubby Clapp also homered for Canada, which has 17 homers in the tournament. Right-hander Mike Johnson gave up seven hits in seven innings, including a home run by Luis A. Garcia in the fourth. The US team will be at home next summer while other countries such as the Netherlands and Italy compete for an Olympic medal in Athens.

■ Soccer

Beckham book a hit in China

England captain David Beckham's autobiography has scored in soccer-crazy China where it has topped the bestsellers' list in many cities, the China Daily newspaper said yesterday. Hundreds of fans packed two of Beijing's largest book stores when David Beckham: My Side hit the shelves last week, the newspaper said.

Fans formed long queues to buy the hard-cover edition, which sold for 29.80 yuan (US$3.60), the newspaper said. "We had expected that sales would be good but it is selling better than we expected," the China Daily quoted City Press deputy editor-in-chief He Yuxing as saying. Beckham swept China off its feet when he made his Real Madrid debut in Beijing in August. He was signed from Manchester United for 35 million euros (US$40.40 million) in July.

■ Soccer

Man dead in stadium plunge

A 54-year-old Italian man plunged to his death at the San Siro stadium on Sunday in what police say was a suicide. Police said witnesses had described how the man jumped from the external area of the second tier of the 80,000 capacity stadium and landed in the area between the entrance to the stadium and the stands. The incident took place during the first half of the match between Inter Milan and Ancona and the game was not halted. The man died at the scene despite attempts to save him. Reports did not say which team the man supported.

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