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Ghiggia leaves footprints

Alcides Ghiggia, whose goal for Uruguay stunned spectators at Maracana stadium in the 1950 World Cup final against Brazil, has been immortalized at the Rio de Janeiro stadium’s sidewalk of fame. The striker on Tuesday became the 100th person to leave his footprints there, joining players such as Franz Beckenbauer, Eusebio, Pele, Romario, Zagallo, Kaka and Dunga. The 83-year-old Ghiggia, only the sixth international honored on the walk, scored the winner in Uruguay’s come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Brazil in front of nearly 200,000 fans at Maracana. Brazil needed only a draw to win the title and most fans were certain of securing the World Cup until Ghiggia’s go-ahead goal late in the match gave Uruguay its second world title.


Champ sues auto shop boss

Olympic champion Alexei Yagudin has sued an automobile shop owner he hired as his financial manager, saying he stole more than US$1 million from him. Yagudin’s lawsuit was filed in federal court in Brooklyn on Monday. It accused Michael Goldin of Connecticut and an accomplice of squandering US$1.15 million since 2003. The lawsuit seeks more than US$4 million in damages, saying Goldin promised he was investing the money in 13 Florida real estate properties, a dozen of which were never bought. Yagudin, a four-time world champion from Russia, won gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, achieving the best marks of any single skater in the Games.


Preston sack manager Irvine

English Championship side Preston North End announced on Tuesday they had sacked Alan Irvine as their manager. Irvine leaves the northwest club just over six months after steering them into the second-tier playoffs, where the winners secure a place in the Premier League. Former Everton assistant manager Irvine had been much praised since arriving at Deepdale in November 2007 but, following last season’s top six finish, the club have struggled this term. Preston chairman Derek Shaw decided a change was needed after Monday’s 1-0 loss away to Sheffield United left North End with just one win in their last 10 league matches. Preston are 16th in the table — eight points away from both the playoffs and the relegation zone. Assistant manager Robert Kelly will be in temporary charge.


Jayasuriya axed from series

The world’s most experienced one-day batsman, Sanath Jayasuriya, has been axed from next month’s ­limited-overs tri-series in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Cricket said yesterday. Jayasuriya, 40, was not named in Sri Lanka’s 15-man squad for the tri-series as selectors made changes after recent defeats to India, the third team taking part in the series to be held in Dhaka from Monday until Jan. 13. Jayasuriya, who just completed 20 years of international cricket, has represented the country in 444 one-day games, scoring 11,825 runs. The selectors also dropped batsman Chamara Kapugedara, fast bowler Lasith Malinga and spinner Ajantha Mendis, who performed poorly on the recent Indian tour. Sri Lanka squad: Kumar Sangakkara (captain and wicketkeeper), Tillakaratne Dilshan (vice-captain), Upul Tharanga, Thilan Samaraweera, Thilina Kandamby, Chamara Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thissara Perera, Muthumudalige Pushpakumara, Malinga Bandara, Suraj Randiv, Thilan Thushara, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Kulasekara and Chanaka Welagedera.

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