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■ Cricket
Speed wants more tests

A top official of the International Cricket Council wants all the major cricket-playing countries to regularly conduct drug tests of its players after two Pakistan fast bowlers were withdrawn from the Champions Trophy for failing dope tests. "I would urge those not already doing so to follow suit for the good of the game," ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said in a statement issued on Tuesday. Pakistan fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif's "A" samples tested positive to the banned substance Nandrolone in out-of-competition testing conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last month. The PCB suspended the pair pending the outcome of analysis of their backup samples.

■ Soccer

Pele's daughter dies

Sandra Arantes do Nascimento, the illegitimate daughter of Pele who sued him to admit he was her father, died of breast cancer, officials at the Beneficencia Portuguese hospital in the port city of Santos, Sao Paulo state, said on Tuesday. She was 42. Nascimento, who was born Sandra Machado, was the child of an affair between Pele and housemaid Anizia Machado in 1963. For years, Pele, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, denied he was the girl's father and refused to submit to DNA tests. Nascimento sued him in 1991 and was recognized by courts as his daughter based on DNA evidence in 1993. Pele appealed the court's decision, but it was upheld in 1996 and she was allowed to adopt Pele's surname. Nascimento wrote a book The Daughter the King Didn't Want, detailing how she felt about her father's rejection. She later won a city council seat in Santos.

■ Baseball

Piniella to manage Cubs

Lou Piniella was introduced as the newest manager of the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, vowing to make a winner of the Major League Baseball club whose last World Series appearance came in 1945. "Urgency is important," Piniella said. "We're going to win here, and that's the end of the story." Piniella agreed on Monday to a three-year contract worth nearly US$10 million, with an option for a fourth year. "I'm just a little piece of the puzzle. My job is to come in here and unite this team," he said at a news conference. Piniella said he was assured by general manager Jim Hendry that the Cubs would make moves necessary to improve the team.

■ NFL

Robinson suspended

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson was suspended without pay for a minimum of one year on Tuesday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The league's action came hours after Robinson pleaded not guilty to charges of drunken driving and fleeing police stemming from a high-speed chase in August. Robinson was taken into custody earlier on Tuesday because of a warrant in Blue Earth County, Wisconsin, for a previous traffic violation.

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