Cyclone benefit planned
New Zealand will host a Twenty20 match against Bangladesh next month to raise funds for cyclone survivors in the South Asian country, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said yesterday. The game will be played in Hamilton on Dec. 23 during Bangladesh's tour of New Zealand on which they are also due to play three one day internationals and two Tests. Cyclone Sidr struck Bangladesh last week, killing around 3,500 people and leaving thousands missing or homeless.
Karlsruher close on leaders
Karlsruher SC strengthened their hold on fourth place in the Bundesliga by rallying to beat Hertha Berlin 2-1 on Friday. Berlin forward Marko Pantelic scored against the run of play in the 35th minute with a long-range shot in a match played in rain. But Tamas Hajnal scored in the 56th minute and Sebastian Freis 10 minutes later as Karlsruher closed within two points of the leaders."I'm happy with how the team came back after the letdown," Karlsruher coach Edmund Becker said. "We turned the match around and deserved the win."
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Pat Walsh dies aged 71
Former All Black Pat Walsh, who played 13 Tests for New Zealand in four positions, has died at the age of 71, the New Zealand Rugby Union said yesterday. Walsh was the second-youngest player to represent New Zealand when he first wore the All Blacks jersey against Australia in 1955 at the age of 19 years, 106 days. He played at inside center in that match and went on, in an eight-year international career, to play at flyhalf, fullback and winger. Walsh played at fullback and center against South Africa in New Zealand in 1956, a series won by the All Blacks and still regarded as a seminal moment in New Zealand sport.
President meets Scolari
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday met with 2002 World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to discuss the setting up of a commission aimed at stemming the exodus of soccer players to foreign clubs. Portugal coach Scolari has been personally invited by Lula to contribute to the commission which will hold its first meeting next year. "The commission will meet for the first time at the beginning of next year to discuss ideas suggested by the president and clubs to stem the flight of the stars," Scolari said. "More and more young players are leaving Brazil. Some are losing a little of their Brazilian identity because they live here so little. Measures need to be taken."
Noguchi to use `magic shoes'
Japan's Mizuki Noguchi will wear a pair of "magic shoes" made of rice husks in her bid to win a second straight Olympic marathon gold in Beijing next year. The 29-year-old hopes her cryogenic pumps will help reduce the temperature of her feet if, as expected, she makes Japan's Olympic team. The grip on the new shoes contains a mixture of rice husks which the designers say will improve air-flow in Beijing's stifling summer heat next year. "They are so light and really easy to run in," Noguchi, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Games, told Japan's Nikkan Sports on Friday. "They're like magic shoes." Noguchi moved closer to defending her Olympic title, and a possible rematch with Britain's Paula Radcliffe, by winning last Sunday's Tokyo International Marathon.