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■SOCCER

Romario goes political

Former Brazil striker Romario, who won major titles on the field and courted controversy off it, took a step toward a political career on Tuesday when he joined a leftist Brazilian party. Romario, who retired from soccer last year but remained in the headlines because of personal problems, said he had not decided yet whether to run for a legislative post for the small Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) in elections next year. “I could be a candidate but my goal is to help children and sport,” Romario told reporters after an affiliation ceremony at a Rio de Janeiro hotel. “If I manage to get elected, I could help people in need. To get votes I need projects. I’m one who backs up his words,” Romario said. Romario’s talks with the PSB, which is part of Brazil’s governing coalition, began three months ago but his desire to get into politics dates back to his playing days. Romario’s recent troubles included being arrested and spending a night in a police cell over an alimony debt and having the apartment where he lived confiscated to pay off debts.

■GOLF

Thorpe guilty of tax evasion

Jim Thorpe, a three-time winner on the US PGA Tour, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to failing to pay more than US$2 million in income taxes. The 60-year-old Thorpe pleaded guilty to two counts and faces a maximum of two years in prison and a US$4.1 million fine when he is sentenced. He was charged in February with seven counts of failing to pay federal taxes on income he earned in 2002, 2003 and 2004. His attorney, Mark Horwitz, said Thorpe wants to move on with his life. The attorney had argued previously that Thorpe did not willfully try to break the law.

■GOLF

Seve to do honors for pal

Seve Ballesteros is to introduce friend Jose Maria Olazabal into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Organizers said in a statement on Tuesday that although health reasons will prevent Ballesteros travelling to the induction in Florida on Nov. 2, the 52-year-old, who has been battling a brain tumor, will deliver a video message. Ballesteros said that Olazabal “deserves it for all he has done and is still doing for golf. I am very happy for him as a professional but it makes me happier for him as a person. He really deserves to be there. He means a lot to me. He is one of my best friends and I have had the honor of sharing with him many different moments in our lives,” Ballesteros said.

■SOCCER

Eto’o chases big payout

Samuel Eto’o has started legal proceedings against Barcelona demanding 3 million euros (US$4.44 million) he said is owed to him from his transfer to Inter, Barca said on Tuesday. Eto’o is basing his demand on Spanish Players Union (AFE) rules, whereby a player has the right to claim 15 percent of any transfer fee paid. Barca’s legal services said they would defend themselves on the basis that the AFE ruling was only applicable to transfers between Spanish clubs.

■GOLF

LPGA loses tournament

The LPGA tour will lose another established event next year after Anheuser-Busch said on Monday it would no longer be the title sponsors of the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill. Dan McHugh, vice president of the brewing giant, said the company has decided to use its sponsorship dollars in a different way, and will still work with the women’s tour via hospitality opportunities at many tournaments rather than as title sponsor of one.

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