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■ Soccer

Ex-minister to be chairman

Former British government minister John Reid is set to become the new chairman of Scottish giants Celtic, it was revealed on Friday. The 60-year-old former Home Secretary will take over from Brian Quinn, who will quit the post at the the club's annual general meeting on Nov. 19. The politician, who is standing down as an MP at the next General Election, said: "Brian Quinn has been a superb chairman and is an extremely hard act to follow." "I have been a supporter of Celtic for many years and am delighted to be invited to join the board and carry on the great work that has already been done," he said.

■ Soccer

Schalke win to go second

Schalke 04 went second in the Bundesliga on Friday night as Brazilian defender Rafinha fired home a first-half penalty to give them a 1-0 home win over Hertha Berlin. Schalke took the lead when midfielder Jermaine Jones was fouled in the area by Berlin defender Steve von Bergen just before half-time. Rafinha smashed the resulting penalty past Czech goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny. With Berlin struggling to create chances, Hertha's coach Lucien Favre brought on Nigerian striker Solomon Okoronkwo with time running out, but it was too little, too late. The win puts Schalke back into second in the Bundesliga and leaves them alongside Bayern Munich as the only unbeaten sides in the league, Hertha are now fifth.

■ Cycling

Dane used blood-booster

Michael Rasmussen, who was kicked out of the Tour de France for evading doping controls, had traces of a blood-boosting substance in his system when tested during the race, the French sports daily L'Equipe reported on Friday. The French lab conducting the tests sent a letter to cycling's world governing body, UCI, noting that the Dane's samples showed signs of Dynepo, an EPO-like substance made from human cells, L'Equipe said. However, Pierre Bordry, the head of France's anti-doping agency, said that the results -- if reported accurately -- could not be treated as a positive test because Dynepo is not banned under World Anti-Doping Agency regulations. "EPO as a synthetic product is forbidden," he said, but "EPO made from a biological element ... does not appear in the analysis the same way as EPO." "The World Anti-Doping Agency must absolutely get laboratory standards modified so that we can recognize [this kind of EPO] as forbidden," Bordry said. "If [the Rasmussen affair] allows us to resolve this question, all the better."

■ Golf

Father, son hit holes-in-one

Like father, like son. Two swings, two holes-in-one. When Trevor Jones aced the 118m 10th hole at Auckland's Waitemata Golf Club recently, his son Mark followed suit. The Joneses were playing in the same, four-man group when the 68-year-old Trevor's tee shot at the par-3 hole rolled out of sight and appeared to drop into the cup, the New Zealand Herald reported. Mark, 39, wasn't sure his father had made the hole-in-one, but said if he managed to do so, he would buy dinner. He teed off and his ball also rolled out of sight. Father and son didn't know for sure that they had both aced the hole until they walked to the green and found both balls in the cup. The odds of making two holes-in-one at the same hole on the same day are almost a million to one.

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