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Sports Briefs

■ Baseball

No plan to fete Bonds: MLB

Major League Baseball has no plans to celebrate the moment San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's all-time home run record, according to commissioner Bud Selig. Bonds remains two home runs short of the 755 career home-run record set by Aaron against in Milwaukee three decades ago. Asked if the league has plans to commemorate the occasion of Bond breaking the record, Selig said there were none. "That's up to San Francisco," he told reporters.

■ Soccer

Charlton loses two stars

Relegated Charlton lost two of their international stars on Friday as Danish striker Dennis Rommedahl was sold to Ajax Amsterdam and defender Luke Young was set to move to Middlesbrough. The 28-year-old Rommedahl, who had played in the English Premiership since 2004 after spending seven seasons with PSV Eindhoven, was sold to Ajax for ?680,000 (US$1.4 million). Boro have negotiated a price of ?2.5 million for 28-year-old Young. Young, who can play at center-half or left-back, joined the Addicks for ?4 million in 2000, but has been given permission by manager Alan Pardew to pursue his hopes of a return to the top flight following Charlton's relegation.

■ Soccer

Anelka could leave: Lee

Bolton coach Sammy Lee admitted on Friday that French striker Nicolas Anelka will be allowed to leave if the club receives an offer from a major team. "I have to be fair to him; he is 29 and told me he wants Champions League football. So do I, with Bolton," said Lee. "But if one of the top four in England or a Champions League club in Europe showed an interest, it would be wrong of me to stand in his way. I'm not in the business of getting rid of our best players but I have to be fair to everybody. If the deal was fair to all parties, I would not stop him."

■ Rugby

World Cup tickets sell well

Two million tickets have been sold for the Rugby World Cup, which will be hosted by France and starts in September, the organizing committee said. A total of 2.4 million tickets have been put on sale for the World Cup, and the sale of the 2 millionth ticket 50 days before the start of the event puts organizers ahead of target, a statement said on Friday. The Rugby World Cup takes place in 10 venues in France and two in Britain. The World Cup starts Sept. 7 and ends Oct. 20. "These ticket sales numbers will mean full stadiums that are alive with excited supporters and busy, colorful streets in all of the host cities," said Bernard Lapasset, president of the French Rugby Union and the Rugby World Cup Organizing Committee.

■ Cricket

Muralitharan support urged

All-rounder Andrew Symonds has urged Australian crowds to applaud Muttiah Muralitharan if the controversial off-spinner breaks Shane Warne's test wickets record when Sri Lanka tour Australia in November. The 35-year-old Sri Lankan became the second player in history to reach 700 victims in the final test against Bangladesh in Kandy earlier this month and lies eight scalps behind leg-spinner Warne's record haul. Symonds, a former teammate of Muralitharan at English County Lancashire, said he hoped Australian crowds would respect his achievements despite him twice being called for throwing on tours there in the 1990s.

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