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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Skiing
Opening races canceled

The opening races of the World Cup ski season were canceled on Tuesday because of high rainfall and warm weather predictions in Austria. The International Ski Federation (FIS) said on Tuesday that this weekend's giant slaloms in Soelden will not be rescheduled. "They did a great job of preparing the course and everything looked great yesterday, but with all that heavy rain last night, it's not possible," FIS official Sonja Reichen said. The women's giant slalom had been scheduled for Saturday, followed by a men's giant slalom on Sunday. "Both races were canceled and will not be rescheduled," FIS communications director Christian Knauth said. The next races will take place Nov. 11-12 in Levi, Finland.

■ Athletics

Robert Cheruiyot `OK'

Robert Cheruiyot wore a wide grin and made one thing clear on Tuesday as he finally celebrated his victory at the Chicago Marathon. "I'm OK," he said. Cheruiyot left a Chicago hospital after spending two nights there with a mild concussion he sustained on Sunday when he slipped crossing the finish line. On Tuesday afternoon, he was presented with a trophy and a temporary medal with the event's logo. Soon, he'll receive a sterling silver medal. Doctors recommended that Cheruiyot not run for one to three months, but he could resume a full training and racing schedule after that.

■ Soccer

Wise to manage Leeds

Fallen English soccer giants Leeds United on Tuesday confirmed former England midfielder Dennis Wise as their new manager. Leeds, who until two years ago were in the Premiership and 2001 Champions League semi-finalists, are currently second from bottom in the Championship. Wise and assistant Gus Poyet, who had been at League Two (third division) highflyers Swindon, were given permission to talk to Leeds on Monday were due to start work at the Yorkshire club yesterday. The pair were players at Chelsea when Leeds chairman Ken Bates was running the London club in the 1990s -- Bates is also godfather to Wise's son. Wise replaces Kevin Blackwell, who was sacked last month after speaking publicly about the club's finances. In a statement, Leeds said: "The board of Leeds United would like to confirm the appointments of manager Dennis Wise, assistant manager Gus Poyet and goalkeeping coach Andrew Beasley at Elland Road."

■ Soccer

Toure commits to Gunners

Arsenal defender Kolo Toure signed a new contract on Tuesday which could keep him at the north London club for the remainder of his playing days. The 25-year-old Ivory Coast international, who joined the Premiership giants in February 2002, told the Gunners' official Web site: "I can see myself staying here for the rest of my career. Why would I want to leave?"

■ Soccer

FIFA suspends Kenya

FIFA on Tuesday handed Kenya an indefinite ban from all international competitions, Independent Kenya Television Network said. It is the second ban in two years for the east African nation. FIFA's top disciplinery panel are reported to have suspended the country for failing to respect agreements to resolve recurrent problems in their football association, in particular relating to the integrity of national competitions.

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