Britain to boost soccer
The British High Commiss-ioner to Bangladesh said yesterday he hoped to bring leading English soccer clubs to the country to help boost the game. "It's a challenge to bring clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United to Bangladesh and I will take it," Anwar Choudhury said while launching a soccer coaching program for young Bangladeshi soccer players. "It is time for Bangladeshi youths to take up the challenge and usher in a high standard so that they can play in the World Cup at some time," he said. Although soccer is popular in Bangladesh standards are modest.
Michael Carrick injured
Manchester United won the pre-season Amsterdam Tournament after beating Ajax 1-0 on Saturday but paid a heavy price. United's costly new signing, England midfielder Michael Carrick, suffered an ankle injury and left the ground on crutches. Manager Alex Ferguson told Sky News: "He's going to be out for a few weeks." Carrick was making only his second appearance for United since completing an ?18.6 million (US$35.4 million) move from Tottenham on Monday. The midfielder lasted just 16 minutes before being helped off after sustaining the injury. The winning goal came from a free kick 14 minutes from time by Ryan Giggs. The ball hit the bar and bounced back into play but the assistant referee ruled it had crossed the line. On Friday, United beat Porto 3-1 but had both Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes sent off. On Saturday, Inter Milan scored three first half goals to beat Porto 3-2 to finish second in the tournament.
Robson taken to hospital
Former England soccer manager Bobby Robson was taken to hospital during Ipswich's second division home game with Crystal Palace on Saturday. The 73-year-old complained of feeling unwell 10 minutes into the match. A statement on the Ipswich club Web site said: "He walked down to see the paramedics and was then escorted to an ambulance [and] driven to Ipswich hospital." Robson underwent tests and was said to be comfortable. Robson managed Ipswich for 13 years until 1982 before taking over the England post which he held for eight years. In May, he had a cancerous tumor removed from a lung. It had been revealed when he had an X-ray examination after a skiing accident.
Bordeaux beat Toulouse
Two goals by Marouane Chamakh and Julien Faubert earned Girondins Bordeaux a 2-0 victory over Toulouse in their season opener on Saturday. Morocco striker Chamakh headed home on 57 minutes to open the scoring with midfielder Faubert wrapping up the victory two minutes from time. Bordeaux, runners-up to Olympique Lyon last season, were without new signing Johan Micoud, who was suspended for the game.
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'Boks look for silver lining
South Africa coach Jake White said his side were more upset by their last-gasp 20-18 loss to Australia in Sydney on Saturday than the 49-0 drubbing at the hands of the Wallabies three weeks earlier. The young Springboks had shown great character by rebounding from that record loss in Brisbane but were still heartbroken by the defeat on Saturday, White said. "All we've heard about for the last three weeks is `49-nil, 49-nil,' so you've got to give credit to the players to turn a game around like that," he told a news conference. "But the players are still hurting about losing and as long as that continues then you know you're dealing with the right group of players. "This one hurts the most because it's the most consecutive times we've lost and is the most we've been abused in the media."