Tue, Feb 06, 2007 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Athletics
Liu's shoes gaining value

Liu Xiang, the Olympic 110m hurdle champion and world-record holder, has auctioned his autographed track shoes for 200,000 yuan (US$25,800) at a charity event, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. The shoes were bought on Sunday by China Air, and the money will go toward the schooling of migrant children. At a similar event two weeks ago, a pair of Liu's autographed shoes went for 150,000 yuan. Last month, Liu donated an apartment he won to the Special Olympics.

■ Handball

Germany win world title

Germany booked their ticket for next year's Beijing Olympics by winning the men's world handball title for the third time with a 29-24 victory over Poland in Cologne on Sunday. The hosts, who led 17-13 at half-time, maintained their advantage despite being pushed hard by the Poles, who battled back with just a single goal separating the sides with 15 minutes to go. But good defending by Torsten Jansen and substitute keeper Johannes Bitter, who came in for Henning Fritz at the break, ensured Heiner Brand's side took gold and avenged their only defeat in the competition at the hands of Poland in the preliminary round.

■ Soccer

Rooney doubtful for friendly

Wayne Rooney is doubtful for England's friendly against Spain tomorrow after suffering an injury in Manchester United's 4-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday. Rooney came off midway through the second half after taking a knock and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted the striker may not be able to join up with England for the clash at Old Trafford. It is thought Rooney may have sustained a back injury and Ferguson told Sky Sports: "Wayne was injured in a challenge and was limping about for a bit so we had to take him off. I will need to see it and assess him in the morning, but he may be doubtful for the game on Wednesday."

■ Cricket

Nielsen to replace Buchanan

Tim Nielsen will become coach of Australia when John Buchanan retires after next month's World Cup, Cricket Australia said yesterday. Nielsen, 38, is head coach at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, which includes managing the respected Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) men's cricket program. He took over that role in 2005 after spending three years assisting Buchanan in the coaching of the Australian team. Nielsen, a former wicketkeeper-batsman for South Australia, will begin work in his new role after the World Cup, Cricket Australia said. "I'm incredibly proud, honored and excited to have been offered this opportunity," Nielsen said in a statement.

■ Soccer

Schalke top Bundesliga

Former Glasgow Rangers star Peter Lovenkrands hit both goals as Schalke 04 knocked Werder Bremen off the top of the German league in a 2-0 win on Sunday. The Gelsenkirchen side now have 45 points, three ahead of Werder, while Stuttgart remain third, seven points behind the leaders after a 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund. Danish striker Lovenkrands opened the scoring in the 20th minute with an acrobatic volley after being set-up by Brazilian Lincoln. He almost had a second in the 38th minute but his rasping 25m drive was well-saved by Werder keeper Andreas Reinke. But an unimpressive Werder side were finished off by Lovenkrands in the 71st minute when he scored from a pass by Kevin Kuranyi.

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