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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Athletics

Powell ready to return

Asafa Powell, who shares the world record in the 100m, is training at full speed again and could return to competition next month after weeks on the sideline with knee tendinitis. "He is not 100 percent yet, but the body has healed," Powell's manager, Paul Doyle, said on Saturday. "If he is not 100 percent, he is certainly close." Powell skipped the Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston on Saturday. Doyle said Powell likely will return for the Prefontaine Classic on June 10 in Oregon.

■ Golf

Liang pips mentor to prize

Liang Wenchong became the first Chinese golfer to earn US$1 million in Asian Tour prize money, narrowly beating his mentor Zhang Lianwei to the milestone. Liang picked up US$80,645 on Sunday for placing second at the Maekyung Open in South Korea and increased his career haul to US$1.02 million, the Asian Tour confirmed yesterday. Zhang, a five-time winner on the Asian Tour, was US$672 short of joining the million-dollar club, the tour said. Liang is the 12th player to surpass the million-dollar mark on the Asian Tour, with Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee leading the career money list with US$2.4 million.

■ Soccer

Toon let Roeder go

Newcastle United have accepted the resignation of manager Glenn Roeder, the Premier League club said yesterday. Media reports on Sunday said Roeder, a former club captain, had quit after a year in charge at St James' Park. "Newcastle United today announced that Glenn Roeder has offered his resignation as team manager with immediate effect and this has been accepted by the Newcastle United board, the club said in a statement on their Web site. Newcastle were jeered off by their own fans after losing 2-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday and are 13th of the 20 teams in the Premier League.

■ Baseball

Clemens back in the Bronx

Roger Clemens returned to the New York Yankees, making a dramatic announcement to fans from the owner's box during Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners. Just before the start of Yankees half of the seventh, public address announcer Bob Sheppard told fans to turn their attention to the box, where the seven-time Cy Young Award winner made the announcement himself. "Well, they came and got me out of Texas and I can tell you it's a privilege to be back," Clemens said. "I'll be talking to y'all soon." Clemens, who will turn 45 in August, agreed to a minor league contract and most likely will join the Yankees after several weeks to physically prepare.

■ Soccer

AFC fears Red Devils' visit

Asian soccer's governing body voiced fears that Manchester United's plan to tour Asia in July could jeopardize the region's flagship tournament. Mohamed Bin Hammam, president of the Asian Football Confederation, said on Sunday United's planned visit was "of particular concern" because it could hurt efforts to promote the July 7 to July 29 AFC Asian Cup. Malaysian officials recently announced that Manchester United will play a friendly soccer match in Malaysia on July 27. The Football Association of Malaysia has denied the United match would undermine attendance at Asian Cup pool games to be staged in Malaysia, which is co-hosting the tournament with Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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