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■ SOCCER

Thaksin regrets flag insult

Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has apologized to the Thai people after a group of the club’s fans emblazoned his name on the national flag, a crime in his homeland. The flag was unfurled reading “Thank you, Thaksin” during City’s home loss to Fulham a week ago, a shock defeat that fueled speculation that manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will be sacked. Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundarajev was not amused, while Thai police were reportedly mulling charges against the former premier for disrespecting the flag. In Thailand it is a crime to alter or deface the flag in any way. “I regret the incident by Manchester City fans in England, who were trying to show their love for the club and for Thailand,” Thaksin was quoted as saying in the Thai-language Daily News. “It’s OK in their culture, and once we explained the problem to them, they expressed their regret,” he said.

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Wife's uncle sues Eduardo

Arsenal striker Eduardo Da Silva is being sued for 1.2 million euros (US$1.8 million) by his wife’s uncle over an unpaid transfer commission when he joined Arsenal last year. Zagreb estate agent Miljenko Radivojeciv says Eduardo has failed to honor a “working contract” they both signed in 2003 and which he believes entitles him to commission from any transfer to a foreign club. The amount Radivojevic says his nephew owes him represents 10 percent of the reported 12 million euro transfer fee when Eduardo moved from Dinamo Zagreb to Arsenal last year. Legal proceedings were started on Monday in a Zagreb court, the Hina news agency reported. Eduardo’s lawyer says the player and his wife are extremely concerned about their uncle’s decision to go to court. “They can’t understand that someone’s trying to take advantage of the transfer, especially someone who has done nothing for them, aside from buying Da Silva a pair of trainers,” Miroslav Separovic said.

■ BASEBALL

Argument sparks bar killing

After an argument over rival baseball teams spilled outside a bar in Nashua, New Hampshire, a woman aimed her car at a group of people to scare them and didn’t brake, hitting and killing a man, authorities and witnesses said. Ivonne Hernandez was arraigned on Monday on reckless second-degree murder and drunken driving charges and was held without bail. Hernandez, 43, early on Friday sped toward a small group that included the man, Matthew Beaudoin, 29, and never hit her brakes, prosecutor Susan Morrell said on Monday. Beaudoin died of massive head trauma at a hospital, Morrell said. Authorities won’t describe the argument, but witnesses said it heated up when Hernandez identified herself as a New York Yankees fan. Nashua, about 70km northwest of Boston, is the territory of the Boston Red Sox.

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Milan get Flamini for free

AC Milan have signed Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini on a four-year deal after capturing the Frenchman on a free transfer, the Italian giants said on Monday. The 24-year-old turned down a new deal offered by Gunners manager Arsene Wenger prior to his contract running out at the end of the current season, meaning he heads to the reigning European champions for free. Flamini arrived in Milan on Sunday and sailed through a medical on Monday before putting pen to paper. The former Marseille player came notably to Milan’s notice when he played a major role in their elimination by Arsenal at the last 16 stage of this season’s Champions League.

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