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AGENCIES

■ SOCCER

Silvestre out with injury

Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre will miss the rest of the season after injuring his knee, the club said on Sunday. Silvestre hurt a cruciate ligament in his knee in the 39th minute of United's 1-0 win over Everton in the Premier League on Saturday. He caught his studs in the turf and fell awkwardly, twisting his knee. He was carried off the field on a stretcher. Manchester United said on its Web site that Silvestre is unlikely to play again this season.

■ AUTO RACING

Raikkonen wins Belgian GP

Kimi Raikkonen dominated the race and Fernando Alonso dominated teammate Lewis Hamilton as Raikkonen won his third straight Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of Felipe Massa in a 1-2 finish for Ferrari. Two-time defending champion Alonso finished third and moved within two points of McLaren teammate Hamilton at the top of the standings, only days after the team was fined US$100 million for having secret data from its main rival, Ferrari. Alonso, starting third on the grid ahead of Hamilton, moved over to attack the Source hairpin, blocking Hamilton's way.

■ SOCCER

Heskey cracks bone in foot

Emile Heskey could miss England's next two European Championship qualifying matches after scans showed he had cracked a bone in his right foot. Heskey was hurt on Saturday in Wigan's 1-1 draw with Fulham in the Premier League. Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said on Sunday that Heskey would be sidelined for up to six weeks. Heskey was recalled to the England team for the first time in three years this month, starting in the Euro qualifiers against Israel on Sept. 8 and Russia on Wednesday. England won both matches 3-0. "It's been a fantastic week, but a disappointing end," Whelan said. "He has cracked a metatarsal in his foot. It's not a serious one, but it is still six weeks and I think he will definitely miss the first England game."

■ MOTORCYCLE RACING

Rossi wins Portuguese GP

Valentino Rossi beat Dani Pedrosa in a back-and-forth race on Sunday to win the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix in Estoril. The seven-time world champion overtook Pedrosa after the two had exchanged the lead several times over the final five turns. "Dani was really strong. That was a big battle with him in the corners," Rossi said. "It's a very important win for me. I'm still in the championship mathematically." Rossi has 211 points, second to Casey Stoner's 287. Stoner finished third. "We had a little bit of a problem with the bike from the start," said Stoner, who can clinch his first world championship in Japan next weekend.

■ GOLF

Thai seeks merit crown

Thaworn Wiratchant's record ninth career victory at the inaugural Midea China Classic in Guangzhou has given him the impetus to challenge for his second Asian Tour order of merit crown. The Thai star, Asia's No. 1 in 2005, secured a play-off win on Sunday against young compatriot Chinarat Phadungsil and Scotsman Simon Yates to move up to 10th in the pecking order. With China's Liang Wen-chong leading the merit race with eight tournaments remaining, the 40-year-old Thaworn is not writing off his chances despite trailing the leader by more than US$278,000. "It is going to be a challenge but I will strive for the UBS Order of Merit title," said Thaworn, who has accumulated earnings of US$176,323 this season. The Asian Tour heads to Taipei this week for the Mercuries Taiwan Masters.

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