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AGENCIES

■SOCCER

Fan shoots and kills player

An Iraqi fan shot dead a player of the opposing team as he tried to score an equalizing goal in the final minutes of a match, police said on Monday. The shooting on Saturday in Hilla, 100km south of Baghdad, during a match between local teams underscored the country’s propensity to lawlessness even as violence by militant groups falls to lows not seen since mid-2003. “As soon as Haider Kadhim [the player] was alone in front of the goalkeeper and close to equalizing, a fan in the crowd fired a pistol at him,” said a senior police officer in Hilla, who declined to be named. “We arrested this fan immediately, but unfortunately the player died,” he said. Iraqis love soccer and have often expressed hope the game would help reconcile warring ethnic groups and sects.

■SWIMMING

Jackson sets world record

Jo Jackson set a world record in the women’s 400m freestyle at the British swimming championships on Monday. The 22-year-old Olympic bronze medalist finished in 4 minutes, 0.66 seconds, lowering Federica Pellegrini’s mark by almost a second. Pellegrini swam 4 minutes, 1.53 seconds at an Italian meet earlier this month. Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington finished second, also under the old mark, touching in 4 minutes, 0.89 seconds. “To get a world record has just blown me away and for Becky to go under the world record as well, I’m so happy,” Jackson said. “I knew it was going to be so tough coming here because Becky is swimming amazing. She really pushed me there, I wanted it so much. I’ve never had the British record in the 400, so it’s my first British record in the 400 and the world record. It’s not a bad one.”

■CYCLING

Scarponi takes the lead

Michele Scarponi took the overall lead in the Tirreno-Adriatico from Andreas Kloeden of Germany after winning the longest and the penultimate stage of the race on Monday. The Italian rider with the Diquigiovanni-Androni team out-sprinted Stefano Garzelli and Ivan Basso in an uphill finish after the three broke away on a major climb with 40km to go. Scarponi finished in 6 hours, 36 minutes, 12 seconds in the 235km leg from Civitanova Marche to Camerino. Scarponi now holds a 25-second lead over Garzelli in the overall standings, with Kloeden — who won Sunday’s time trial — 1 minute, 7 seconds behind in third.

■SOCCER

England bid for 2018, 2022

The Football Association (FA) will bid to stage the World Cup in England in either 2018 or 2022, it was announced on Monday. Countries were asked by world soccer’s governing body FIFA to bid for one of the two tournaments or submit proposals to stage both events. The FA handed in their plans at FIFA’s Zurich headquarters on Monday. Afterwards, England bid and FA chairman Lord David Triesman issued a statement, saying: “Today marks another step forward on our journey to bring the FIFA World Cup to England and our team are focused on delivering the best bid possible to FIFA.”

■BASEBALL

Cano scan reveals bursitis

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano had an MRI on Monday that found bursitis in his right shoulder and he could play the field on Friday. Cano will pinch hit or be a designated hitter until then. He had a pinch-single during the sixth inning of New York’s 12-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. “It feels better,” Cano said. “I’ll be ready in a few days.”

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