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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■SOCCER

Cup will be Park’s last

Manchester United and South Korea midfielder Park Ji-sung will play in his third and final World Cup tournament in South Africa next year, South Korean newspapers said yesterday. “The World Cup in 2010 will be my last,” Park told reporters at South Korea’s training facility, the daily Chosun Ilbo said. “I don’t think my stamina will last until the next one in 2014,” said the 28-year-old, who was instrumental in his country’s run to the last four of the 2002 finals on home soil. South Korea have already qualified for their seventh straight Cup finals appearance, with Park tied as the team’s top scorer during this campaign on four goals.

■SOCCER

Ditched striker complains

Peru striker Hernan Rengifo criticized the country’s soccer federation after he was left behind in the team hotel following Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier in Colombia, local media reported. “What happened with the team and the journey will remain on the consciences of the directors,” the Polish-based player told sports daily El Bocon. “They know their responsibilities.” Peruvian media said that the squad left their team hotel in Medellin earlier than planned, but that nobody told Rengifo of the change. His absence was only noted after the team’s charter flight had returned to Lima, the media said. “The directors know what they did, they’re responsible for everyone in the team,” Rengifo said. “So many things have happened in Peruvian football that it’s not surprising that unusual situations keep happening.”

■BADMINTON

British duo stage upset

World No. 19 Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson sprung a major surprise to score the best win of their career together on Sunday when they won the men’s doubles title at the Singapore Open super series tournament. The British duo swept aside world champions and Olympic gold medalists Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia 21-12, 21-11 in just 26 minutes. Robertson said in a media release: “We just played our best game today. It was close to perfect as I think we made just two errors in the whole match. I don’t think anyone will underestimate us any more after this.” The fired-up pair now head for the Indonesian Open starting today. The men’s singles title went to Bao Chunlai of China who beat Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana 21-19, 16-21, 21-15.

■RUGBY union

Dunning signs with Force

Wallabies test prop Matt Dunning has signed a two-year deal with the Western Force, the team said yesterday. Dunning, who has just resumed playing after missing this year’s season with an achilles tendon injury, will join the Force next year after spending nine seasons with the New South Wales Waratahs. The Force’s general manager Mitch Hardy said Dunning was a welcome addition. “Matt is a very experienced tighthead prop and a player who has been an integral part of the Wallabies for a number of years,” Hardy said.

■MOTOCROSS

Rider dies after crash

Race organizers say Spanish motocross rider Ricardo Monzonis died after a crash during an MX2 category event. Monzonis was taken to a nearby regional hospital in Vinaros on Spain’s eastern Mediterranean coast on Sunday, but that medical teams could not save his life. The accident happened during the Ciudad de Vinaros motocross when several riders collided during a jump. Organizers said no other rider was seriously injured. The race was stopped after the accident.

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