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Sports Briefs


■ Cricket
Typhoid strikes spinner

Scotland cricket officials have withdrawn left-arm spinner Glenn Rogers from the World Cricket League Division one tournament in Kenya after the player contracted typhoid, officials said. Rogers is said to have contracted the illness in Mombasa during a pre-tournament one day international tri-series.

■ Motor Racing

Andretti dynasty drives on

US teenager Marco Andretti, grandson of former Formula One champion Mario, will have a second test with Honda next week, the team said on Friday. The 19-year-old had his first taste of Formula One at Jerez in Spain in December. Honda said Andretti would drive last year's RA106 car in Jerez on Wednesday and Thursday. "We were impressed with Marco during his first test with our team and he performed well in the short time he had in the car," said sporting director Gil de Ferran in a statement. Andretti is the son of former CART champion Michael Andretti.

■ Horse Racing

Equine star to retire

Hong Kong's greatest-ever racehorse, Silent Witness, is set for his final race today after a stellar career in which he has smashed numerous records, according to reports. "Silent Witness has come to the end of the road and he will be retired after this race -- and that's win, lose or draw," managing owner Archie da Silva was quoted as saying by the South China Morning Post. "He has been such a great horse that [my wife] Betty and I do not want to see him like this, being beaten and losing face." The seven-year-old horse, who has a degenerative condition in his hind joints, won 17 straight races from his debut in 2002.

■ Soccer

Montenegro names coach

Former Red Star Belgrade and Benfica striker Zoran Filipovic was named on Friday as the first coach of Montenegro's national squad, a statement from Montenegro's Football Association said. Last month, Montenegro became the 53rd member of Europe's governing football body, UEFA, after the country split from its former partner Serbia. The national squad will play its first international on Feb. 24, in a friendly against Hungary in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica. Filipovic was a member of the coaching staff of the Yugoslav team at the World Cup in France 1998 and Euro 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands.

■ Cricket

Caption stokes tensions

A photograph caption in a brochure for this year's Cricket World Cup has opened up longstanding ethnic tensions between Guyana's East Indians and its African-descendant population, an official said on Friday. The International Cricket Council ticket brochure captions a photograph of the India-financed Providence stadium being built for coming games, saying that "with Guyana's distinct Indian heritage you are sure to experience the fusion of West Indian and East Indian culture." Following outcries by the main opposition Peoples National Congress Reform-One Guyana, which is mainly supported by the black population, the government has written to the ICC seeking an explanation. "The words on the brochure are unfortunate. It was never the intention of the LOC [Local Organizing Committee] or anybody in Guyana to have any sort of division," said Sports and Culture Minister, Frank Anthony.

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