Wed, Sep 07, 2005 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Cycling
Armstrong engaged to Crow

American cycling hero Lance Armstrong and singer Sheryl Crow announced on Monday that they are engaged, said Mark Higgins, a spokesman for Armstrong. The two got engaged while they were holidaying in Sun Valley, Idaho. There is no wedding date as of yet. It will be the second marriage for Armstrong, who has three children with ex-wife Kristin. Rock star Crow has never been married. Armstrong retired in July after winning his seventh straight Tour de France. Last month French sports newspaper L'Equipe reported that urine samples taken from Armstrong in 1999 during his first Tour triumph tested positive for the banned substance EPO. Armstrong has denied taking any performance-enhancing drugs.

■ Cricket

Aussies asked to talk to team

Cricket Australia yesterday appealed to Australian cricket fans to get behind their team ahead of the final Ashes Test against England starting at The Oval tomorrow. Australia trail 2-1 in the series and must beat England in the last match of the series to maintain their 16-year hold on the Ashes urn. Cricket Australia have organized a link on their Web site for fans to send messages of support to their favorite player or to the team. "We encourage Australian cricket fans to send their message of support to our team as they prepare for this important contest," CA chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement yesterday. Messages of support can be sent to the team via australianteam@ashes.cricket.com.au

■ Rowing

Poland to host championship

The city of Poznan in western Poland was selected to host the 2009 World Rowing Championships, the International Rowing Federation (FISA) announced at its 113th annual congress. In a vote by delegates from 56 countries on Monday, Poznan defeated Amsterdam, the Netherlands, by a vote of 104-37. Poznan successfully hosted last year's World Rowing Under-23 Championships and also one stage of last year's Rowing World Cup. This year's World Rowing Championships wrapped up on Sunday in Kaizu, Japan.

■ Soccer

Australia win Oceania series

Australia edged the Solomon Islands 2-1 yesterday on Brett Emerton's 59th-minute goal to win the Oceania Football Confederation's World Cup soccer qualifying series. Australia won the opening match 7-0 on Saturday in Sydney and advances 9-1 on aggregate. Yesterday's match was played in humid conditions before a capacity crowd of 20,000 at Lawson Tama Stadium. Australia now plays a two-match series against the fifth-placed South American team on Nov. 12 and Nov. 16 for the right to play in next year's World Cup in Germany. It was Australia's 100th -- and final -- match in the Oceania confederation after 40 years. Australia will compete in the Asian Football Confederation from next year.

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