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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Tennis

Paes and Qureshi team up

India's Leander Paes will pair up with Aisam Qureshi of Pakistan in the men's doubles at the Mumbai Open beginning today. India's Davis Cup captain Paes won this month's US Open doubles with Czech Martin Damm but had to take a new partner for his home event as Damm is in the Netherlands for a Davis Cup world group tie. This is the first time Paes and Qureshi will pair up, a move that may go some way to helping improve relations between two South Asian neighbors who have fought wars over the disputed region of Kashmir.

■ Track and Field

Powell blows record chance

Asafa Powell of Jamaica missed out on an a chance to break his own 100m world record yesterday when he was disqualified at the Yokohama Super Track and Field Meet. Powell was disqualified for a second false start in the 100m race at Nissan Stadium. Japan's Shingo Suetsugu won the race with a time of 10.11 seconds. Powell has twice this year equaled his own world record of 9.77, in June at the British Grand Prix and last month in Zurich. He withdrew from the 100m at the Sept. 16 World Cup in Greece so he could come to Japan. Yesterday's meet was expected to feature Powell's final 100 race of the year.

■ Tennis

Brazil takes Davis Cup lead

Flavio Saretta defeated Sweden's Andreas Vinciguerra 6-4, 1-6, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to give Brazil a 1-0 lead on Saturday in its Davis Cup World Group playoff, which was further delayed by fading daylight. The match was supposed to have been played on Friday but was postponed due to heavy rain along with the second singles between Ricardo Mello and Robin Soderling. That match was postponed again, this time due to fading daylight. Mello and Soderling were due to face each other yesterday. Saretta battled for four hours before finally subduing Vinciguerra. Weather and daylight permitting, the doubles match between Brazilians Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Sa and Sweden's Simon Aspelin and Jonas Bjorkman was also due to be held yesterday. If the playoff remains undecided by the time the doubles match has been played, the two reverse singles, originally scheduled for yesterday, will be disputed today.

■ Soccer

D.C. United honors `Diablo'

Marco Etcheverry was inducted into D.C. United's ``Tradition of Excellence'' on Saturday night, becoming the second member behind John Harkes. A seven-time Major League Soccer All-Star, the Bolivian midfielder nicknamed El Diablo was one of 16 players from D.C. United's 1996 team that celebrated the 10th anniversary of their first MLS Cup prior to a game against the New York Red Bulls. "Marco was the most influential player in the history of MLS, and without his brilliance on the field and his ability to raise his game in our most important matches, there would be no D.C. United legacy," D.C. United president Kevin Payne said.

■ Soccer

Curt Johnson to step down

Curt Johnson will step down as the Kansas City Wizards' general manager at the end of the season because a contract agreement couldn't be reached with the new owners. Johnson, the general manager since November 1999, said on Saturday that he had wanted a long-term deal. The team announced his impending departure on Friday. Johnson will remain as an adviser during the transition to a new general manager.

■ Horse Racing

Dye returns from injury

New Zealand-born Australian jockey Shane Dye posted mixed results yesterday in his first races since suffering serious injuries in late June. Dye, who won the Australia's richest horse race, the Melbourne Cup, in 1989 on Tawrrific, fell from his mount during a race in Hong Kong in late June. At one point listed in critical condition, the jockey was reported to have lost consciousness and suffered bleeding in his brain. Entered in six of yesterday afternoon's 10 races at Hong Kong's Sha Tin Racecourse, Dye had two third-place finishes and an eighth-place result by late afternoon. He was due to compete in three more races later in the day. Riding Toy Quest, Dye came third in his first race of the day, finished eighth on Star Prodigy in his second race and placed third again in his third race on Win Practitioner. Going into yesterday's races, Dye was ranked last among Hong Kong's jockeys because he hasn't competed since his accident.

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