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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■SOCCER

Deco wants to leave

Chelsea’s Portuguese midfielder Deco says he is unhappy at the London club and wants to leave, media reports said on Thursday. The Brazilian-born playmaker moved to Chelsea last year from Barcelona, but struggled to make an impact under Luiz Felipe Scolari and was then left out entirely by Guus Hiddink. “I did not like the experience at Chelsea. I want to find another solution and another challenge,” the 31-year-old was quoted as saying during a sports tournament at Matosinhos in northern Portugal. Last month, Deco admitted he was in talks with Inter Milan about a possible move to the north Italian club coached by former Porto boss Jose Mourinho. However, he declined to say if there had been any developments. “I am aware there is some interest but I can’t say any more about it,” he told reporters at the tournament. “It would be great to work with Mourinho,” he conceded, adding he would be delighted to resume collaboration with the manager who steered FC Porto to win the UEFA Cup in 2003 and the Champions League in 2004.

■SOCCER

Schwarzer player of the year

Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has been named Australia’s soccer player of the year after a superb season. The 36-year-old did not concede a single goal in Australia’s last seven World Cup qualifiers, ensuring the Socceroos were one of the first teams through to next year’s World Cup in South Africa. “It’s been a fantastic season,” said Schwarzer, now in his 16th season with the Socceroos. “Obviously you have dreams and ambitions in life and I’ve been very fortunate to live out my dream and along the way accomplish a lot of my life-long goals.” Midfielder Tim Cahill was voted by his peers as the Australian players’ player of the year.

■CRICKET

England crush India

England, the tournament favorites, and the West Indies enjoyed contrasting wins on the opening day of the women’s World Twenty20 here on Thursday. England, the world 50-over champions, crushed India by 10 wickets while the Windies squeezed past South Africa by just four runs. Chasing only 113 to win, England openers Sarah Taylor (50 not out) and Charlotte Edwards (61 not out) romped to victory with more than four overs to spare and with 13 fours and two sixes between them. India’s best score was 29 from Mithali Raj while England bowlers, 18-year-old student, Holly Colvin (3-20) and Nicky Shaw (2-28) kept the brakes on.

■BOXING

Pacman does his homework

Manny Pacquiao will be sitting at ringside to watch Miguel Cotto defend his welterweight crown today against Ghana’s Joshua Clottey, the Filipino superstar sizing up his potential next opponent. Puerto Rican star Cotto, 33-1 with 27 knockouts, will face Clottey, 35-2 with 20 knockouts, on the eve of the annual Puerto Rican Day parade in New York — a date that has become a fight tradition for Cotto at Madison Square Garden. Pacquiao is considered boxing’s pound-for-pound champion after knocking out Britain’s Ricky Hatton in the second round last month at Las Vegas. “It was very good and a very strong moment for Pacquiao in that fight,” Cotto said. While fight fans hunger for a Pacquiao showdown against unbeaten US star Floyd Mayweather Jnr, who ends his retirement next month against Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez, it might be Cotto who climbs into the ring with “Pacman” next.

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