Centenarian trains for torch
A 103-year-old Beijing woman has volunteered to carry the torch in the 2008 Beijing Olympic relay, and is already training twice a day to get fit, a Chinese newspaper reported. Cao Zuozheng (曹佐政) came up with the idea after waiting three hours in her wheelchair to have her photo taken with a Chinese torchbearer for the Athens Games in 2004, the China Daily said. In hopes of winning a cameo role in the 137,000km relay, Cao was walking 300m twice a day with a stick, and insisted on washing her hair with cold water, "which she believes keeps her healthy," the paper said. "She frequently lifts her hand above her head as if holding a torch and `really enjoys doing it,'" it quoted Cao's youngest daughter as saying. Cao is one of nearly 22,000 Chinese people vying for a leg of the relay, the paper said.
Brady welcomes baby boy
It's a boy for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and actress Bridget Moynahan. She gave birth in Los Angeles on Wednesday, her publicist said in a statement. Moynahan and Brady split up late last year after a three-year relationship. Brady, who has been dating supermodel Gisele Bundchen, was not on the field or sidelines for the first 15 minutes of Patriots practice on Wednesday. Brady, who has quarterbacked the Patriots to three Super Bowl victories, said he wanted a few days off to attend the birth of his first child. It was unknown if he arrived before the baby was born.
Cicinho to join Roma
Brazil defender Cicinho is to join Roma from Real Madrid, the Spanish club said late on Wednesday. "The club sincerely thanks the Brazilian player for his work and wishes him the best of luck in his career," Madrid added in a statement posted on its Web site. Roma said it would pay 9 million euros (US$12.1 million) for the 27-year-old, who was due to arrive in Italy yesterday for a routine medical. Madrid signed Cicinho from Sao Paulo in December 2005 for a fee of 6 million euros after he helped Brazil win the Confederations Cup earlier that year. However, a serious right knee injury at the start of last season limited his appearances to seven matches for the campaign.
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Pumas call up Senillosa
Hernan Senillosa was called into Argentina's World Cup squad on Wednesday as a replacement for Martin Gaitan, who was being discharged from a Welsh hospital after heart trouble. Gaitan fainted at the Millennium Stadium after the Pumas' 27-20 loss to Wales on Saturday and was rushed to hospital where he underwent successful surgery on a partial tear in a coronary artery. Senillosa, from the Hindu club, has played 27 Tests since 2002. He was due to join the Pumas yesterday before a warmup match tomorrow in Brussels.
Hilfenhaus gets go-ahead
The International Cricket Council has allowed Ben Hilfenhaus to replace the injured Shaun Tait in Australia's Twenty20 World Cup squad. The ICC's technical committee said on Wednesday that it had approved the switch for the Sept. 11-24 tournament in South Africa. Tait was ruled out on on Monday by Australia's chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch. He said that Tait, who was a key player in Australia's limited overs World Cup success in the Caribbean this year, had not recovered sufficiently from elbow surgery.