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Sports Briefs


■ Athletics
Isinbayeva goes higher

Yelena Isinbayeva cleared 5m to set her latest world record in the women's pole vault on Friday at the Crystal Palace Grand Prix in London. Ten minutes earlier, the 23-year-old Russian jumped 4.96m on her second attempt, surpassing the world mark of 4.95m she set last Saturday in Madrid, Spain. The Olympic champion easily cleared 5m on her first attempt, barely nudging the bar on a still evening of 21 degrees Centigrade. "It was my dream to be the first woman over 5m," Isinbayeva said. "I can't explain my feelings. I love the run-up and the stadium here. The weather was good and the crowd was great. I don't know how much higher I can go, maybe 5.05 or higher." It was the 17th world record -- indoors and out -- of her career. It was the largest increase on the world record since Isinbayeva began setting her marks in July 2003. She wins US$50,000 for the record, plus an undisclosed substantial bonus for clearing the 5m height.

■ Soccer

CBF wants US$50 million

The Brazilian Soccer Confederation (CBF) said Friday that it will not allow Robinho's transfer to Real Madrid unless the US$50 million buyout clause stipulated in the player's contract with Santos is fully paid. CBF also alerted that FIFA may give Robinho a four-month suspension if he breaks his contract with Santos. "CBF cannot allow the transfer because the current request does not follow the requirements of the law," the confederation said in statement released on its Web site. "In Robinho's contract, there is a buyout clause of US$50 million ... which has not been paid yet." Madrid said Thursday it had paid US$30 million for Santos' 60 percent stake of buyout clause.

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