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■ Soccer

Larsson wins Golden Ball

Henrik Larsson won the Swedish Golden Ball for the second time in his career on Monday. The 33-year-old striker came back from national team retirement this year to play at the European Championship in Portugal where he helped Sweden to reach the quarterfinals, scoring three goals in the group stages. Sweden went on to lose to the Netherlands on penalties. After the tournament Larsson signed with Barcelona as a free agent, having spent seven seasons with Glasgow Celtic. Larsson, who has scored 32 goals in 82 appearances for Sweden, won his first Golden Ball award in 1998.

■ Soccer

Man U shares fall after folly

Shares of Manchester United fell on Monday as investors questioned the likelihood of a ?800 million (US$1.5 billion) bid from Malcolm Glazer after the US tycoon's bankers resigned. On Friday Glazer acted against his bankers' advice by using his 28.11 percent stake in the world's richest club to vote against the re-election of three United directors in retribution for the board's not giving him access to the club's books. The move infuriated adviser J.P. Morgan Chase & Co, which immediately resigned and took Glazer's public relations firm, Brunswick, leaving the takeover of United in uncertain limbo. Manchester United has said it wants to sit down with its two largest shareholders -- Glazer and Irish horseracing magnates J.P. McManus and John Magnier -- as soon as possible and thrash out an agreement on ownership of the 126-year-old club.

■ Golf

Four heroes in Hall of Fame

Japan's Isao Aoki, American Tom Kite and color-barrier conqueror Charlie Sifford were among four people inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida on Monday. Also joining the elite honor society was amateur standout Marlene Stewart Streit, the first Canadian enshrined. "Aoki, Charlie and Marlene are an example that golf belongs to the world," golf legend Arnold Palmer said. Aoki was the first Japanese player to win a US PGA Tour event, dropping a wedge shot on the final hole to capture the 1983 Hawaiian Open. The wedge used for the winning shot will be part of the display. Sifford, 82, was kept off the US PGA Tour in his prime because he is black. He became the first black in the hall and on the tour, winning his first title at age 45 and paving the path that Tiger Woods has followed into stardom. Streit, 70, won the 2003 US Women's Senior Amateur, defeating some rivals 20 years younger. She has been winning titles for six decades and has claimed Australian, British, US and Canadian women's amateur crowns in her career.

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