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SPORTS BRIEFS

AGENCIES

SOCCER

Portsmouth sold to Chainrai

Portsmouth have come out of administration after being sold to a company controlled by their former owner Balram Chainrai, the English Championship (second division) club’s administrator said yesterday. “The sale has been completed to a new company principally owned by [Hong Kong businessman] Balram Chainrai and [his business partner] Levi Kushnir,” said administrator Andrew Andronikou, a partner in the firm of UHY Hacker Young. Key creditor Sacha Gaydamak, who is owed £2.2 million (US$3.45 million) by the club, helped pave the way for the sale having earlier issued a statement saying he planned to sign a deal that would ensure Portsmouth did not go out of business.

SOCCER

FIFA official caught on tape

A former FIFA general--secretary identified officials he said could take money in return for votes in the race to host the World Cup, a British newspaper reported yesterday, citing secret footage. Michel Zen-Ruffinen ran through a list of the names — bleeped out on the footage and not revealed by the Sunday Times — with undercover reporters who were posing as lobbyists. “X is nice, he’s a nice guy, but X is money,” he is shown saying of one man, adding of another: “X, it’s money, we can go to [a city] and talk with him on a terrace no problem.” Of a third unnamed figure, he added: “He’s the guy you can have with ladies and not with money.”

RUGBY LEAGUE

Kangaroos rout Papuans

Willie Tonga scored a pair of tries as Australia beat Papua New Guinea 42-0 in a Four Nations match yesterday at Parramatta Stadium in New South Wales, Australia. Captain Darren Lockyer, Cooper Cronk, Brett Morris, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Brent Tate added other tries for Australia as the Kangaroos moved into first place in the tournament. Slater’s opening try came after Lockyer’s kick rebounded off the posts directly towards the Australian fullback. A knock-on from a scrum win allowed Tate to celebrate his Test return with a try, but his afternoon ended early after he was taken from the field after a neck injury. Morris scored his ninth try in just his sixth Test for Australia and Smith scored from dummy-half on 55 minutes.

SWIMMING

US marathon swimmer dies

US open water swimmer Francis ‘Fran’ Crippen, a world championship bronze medalist, died during a Marathon Swimming World Cup 10km event in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, world governing body FINA said. Crippen, 26, won a 10km bronze medal at last year’s world championships in Rome and a 5km bronze at the world open water championships in Canada this year. Crippen, who won two US titles in the pool in the 800m freestyle before switching to open water in 2006, died during the last leg of the World Cup event in Fujairah, FINA said.

RALLYING

Loeb extends Catalunya lead

Sebastian Loeb closed in on his sixth straight Catalunya Rally title after the Frenchman stretched his lead to a comfortable 44.4 seconds on Saturday. Loeb, who just clinched a record seventh world championship in his Citroen, saw a slim lead grow into a big one when closest rival Sebastien Ogier lost 15 minutes after an incident in his Citroen during the eighth stage. Petter Solberg of Norway moved into second place in his Citroen in the mixed surface event, while Dani Sordo of Spain was 1 minute, 1.3 seconds behind in third.

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