Sun, Feb 01, 2004 - Page 22 News List

Sports Briefs


■ Auto Racing
Schumacher feels vibes

World champion Michael Schumacher said Friday he had good vibes racing around in Ferrari's latest model, the just-introduced F2004 model, at the company circuit of Fiorano. "I'm very happy since the car has been handling well since the initial laps," Schumacher said the six-time world champion who will be shooting for his fifth title in a row with Ferrari in the upcoming world Formula One championship. The car, which was unveiled on Monday, began tests Friday ahead of its debut at the Australian GP, the opening championship race, in March. Schumacher was clocked in 57.006 seconds in his fastest lap at Fiorano, better than the time of 57.045 he set on the opening day of tests of the 2003GA model in February last year.

■ Soccer

Colombia names coach

Reinaldo Rueda has been promoted to national coach of Colombia after leading the under-20 squad to third at last month's World Youth Championship. Rueda, 46, replaced Francisco Maturana, who resigned in November after a dismal start in South American qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. Maturana, once a national hero for twice taking Colombia to the World Cup, quickly fell from grace after consecutive losses to Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela, and a draw with Argentina.

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