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■ Soccer
Red Devils' stars banned

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes were both banned on Tuesday for three matches by the Football Association (FA) after losing claims for wrongful dismissal during a pre-season friendly against Porto in Amsterdam on Aug. 4. The bans start on Aug. 23, 14 days on from the day the FA received the match officials' report from the Dutch FA. England internationals Rooney and Scholes were sent off for violent conduct and serious foul play respectively.

■ Basketball

Seattle tie up Wilcox deal

Seattle power forward Chris Wilcox signed a contract on Tuesday to remain with the SuperSonics, the NBA club announced. The Seattle Times reported the deal was for three years and worth US$24 million. Wilcox has averaged 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 242 career games with the Sonics and Los Angeles Clippers. "We indicated that getting Chris signed was a top priority and he is on board," Sonics general manager Rick Sund said. "The Sonics had a winning record after acquiring Chris and we want to build on that success." Obtained from the Clippers just before last February's trade deadline, Wilcox averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds in 29 games with Seattle.

■ Soccer

Hong Kong star quits

One of Hong Kong's top soccer players has quit the national side in protest at the shambolic state of soccer in the territory, a media report said yesterday. Midfielder and team captain Cheung Sai-ho said Hong Kong's upcoming Asia Cup clash against Uzbekistan in Tashkent would be his last cap. "There's really no point in continuing to play for Hong Kong when we are faced with so many difficulties," Cheung was quoted as telling the South China Morning Post. "We simply don't have sufficient support -- we don't even have a fixed training ground. How can we achieve good results if we don't even have that?" Cheung told the Post that the last straw came when government park-keepers chastised the national squad for ruining turf at a local stadium when they held a practice session during heavy rain.

■ Soccer

Player appeals for stolen dog

Everton's Dutch midfielder Andy van der Meyde appealed for the return of his pet puppy on Tuesday after it was stolen during a burglary at his home in northwest England. Thieves broke into the Premier League player's home in Bebington, Wirral, on Saturday and stole the pedigree dog, Mac, along with a Ferrari and a Mini Cooper. Burglars broke in while Van der Meyde was playing a testimonial match against Spain's Athletic Bilbao, police said. "Obviously I want my stuff back, but I want Mac back more than anything. He is just a puppy," Van der Meyde, 26, told the Liverpool Echo newspaper. "I would be prepared to pay a reward to anybody who gets him back for me." A Merseyside Police spokesman said the two cars have been found, but the dog is still missing.

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