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AGENCIES

■ SOCCER

Culina signs contract

Branko Culina has signed a two-year contract to coach Sydney FC in Australia's A-League, the team's third coach in less than a year. Culina, 49, was made interim coach after the departure of former England captain Terry Butcher in early February. Culina has led Sydney FC to five wins in eight games, including a 2-1 away win over China's Shanghai Shenhua in the AFC Champions League. Butcher was fired after Sydney FC lost in the first round of the A-League playoffs. Culina's first match as full-time coach will be tomorrow's AFC Champions League game against Indonesia's Persik Kediri.

■ HOCKEY

Russians take gold

Alexei Cherepanov and Egor Averin scored late in the third period to help Russia beat the US 6-5 on Sunday in the final of the under-18 world championship. It was Russia's first podium finish since winning gold in 2004. Cherepanov beat goalie Josh Unice with a wrist shot to give Russia a 5-4 lead at 11:52. Averin made it 6-4 at 17:45, beating Unice with a shot between the pads. The US pulled Unice for an extra skater with 40 seconds left and with only six seconds to go Colin Wilson got the US within a goal. But it was too late.

■ SOCCER

Thaksin eyes English team

Deposed Thai prime minister and soccer fan Thaksin Shinawatra, who once tried to purchase Liverpool, may be considering buying another English Premier League team, his lawyer hinted yesterday. Noppadol Pattama would not confirm local press reports that the billionaire Thaksin, in exile in Britain since his September ouster, would try to buy a stake in Manchester City. But he said Thaksin was considering a stake in an English club. "He is looking to do some business, and it is possible that he will buy a team because he loves soccer," Noppadol said. "But I cannot confirm or deny it yet. It will be more clear in the next few weeks."

■ EQUESTRAIN

Mandli claims trophy

Beat Mandli of Switzerland and his mount, Ideo du Thot, jumped all 12 obstacles perfectly in their final ride to win the championship at the Rolex Equestrian World Cup Final on Sunday. The 38-year-old finished the three-phase competition with a score of five penalties to claim the trophy. Mandli and Ideo placed ninth in Thursday's speed jumping event and second in Friday's jump-off test to enter Sunday's two-round finale in third place with one penalty point. Ideo pulled the top rail from the 13th and final fence in the first ride to incur four additional penalties. But a fault-free second ride won the duo the championship.

■ YACHTING

US, Italian teams unbeaten

The second day of Louis Vuitton Cup racing started on Sunday after five of the previous six days had been postponed due to a lack of wind. US entry BMW Oracle Racing beat Shosholoza of South Africa and Italian syndicate Luna Rossa won against United Internet Team Germany. BMW Oracle Racing and Luna Rossa remain undefeated after three flights and lead the standings with six points. Victory Challenge of Sweden won its second race of the first round-robin stage beating China Team. Emirates Team New Zealand rebounded from an opening flight loss with a convincing victory over +39 Challenge. Desafio Espanol of Spain appeared to lose a spinnaker pole as it rounded the second marker before losing the lead and the race to Areva Challenge.

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