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■ Soccer
Cole's comeback on hold

Chelsea's injury-plagued midfielder Joe Cole will have to put his comeback on hold after a scan on Monday revealed a minor stress fracture of the foot. The England player has been dogged by injury so far this season, with a knee problem keeping him out of regular action for the Premiership champions for the past two months. The 25-year-old's comeback was curtailed when he missed the trip to Manchester United after suffering pain in his foot. The problem persisted and a scan revealed a stress fracture, which is likely to keep him out until well into January.

■ Soccer

United unveils `Opus'

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and soccer great Bobby Charlton unveiled a 35kg history book of the club on Monday. "The Manchester United story is a unique story," said Charlton, who the book names as the team's greatest player, beating out George Best and Roy Keane. David Beckham was 14th. The 850-page United Opus will be limited to 10,000 copies and cost about £3,000 (US$5,870). "Alex and I had to do 10,000 signatures," Charlton said. "It took us about two or three months." Former South African president Nelson Mandela was presented with a copy of the book during United's pre-season tour in July.

■ Horse racing

Race-fixers punished

Two jockeys were suspended for 18 months and a former owner and bookmaker was banned for eight years on Monday in a British race-fixing scandal. Jockeys Brian Reilly and Dean Williams were suspended for informing bookmaker Owen Churchill that their horses were unlikely to win or of ensuring they would not win. Churchill was banned for causing jockeys to break rules. The charges stemmed from the running of 10 horses in races between December 2004 and February last year. The hearing by the disciplinary panel of Britain's Horseracing Regulatory Authority had adjourned more than three weeks ago without a verdict. Gary Carter was banned for five years and fined ?2,000 (US$3,679) last year after the Jockey Club found him guilty of breaching racing rules.

■ Cricket

Mumbai to host final

India's financial hub Mumbai has been chosen as the venue for the 2011 World Cup cricket final, the hosts announced yesterday. The International Cricket Council awarded the mega one-day tournament to India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in April this year. The Premadasa stadium in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo and the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore, Pakistan, will host the semi-finals while the opening ceremony will be held in Bangladesh. India will host 22 of the 52 matches, including the final. Pakistan stages 15 matches, Sri Lanka nine and Bangladesh six.

■ Sponsorship

Ambush marketing banned

Australia's Victoria state plans to ban blimps from flying over major sports events to prevent attempts by non-sponsor companies to get free advertising. The first airship to be affected is likely one owned by the motor company Holden, which was expected to hover over the Melbourne Cricket Ground during the fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England starting on Boxing Day. The Holden blimp was not seen at the first Ashes Test in Brisbane after the Queensland state government announced its intention to ban ambush marketing.

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