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BASKETBALL

Lin invited to ‘Time’ gala

NBA sensation Jeremy Lin has been invited to this year’s Time magazine gala to honor the most influential people in the world selected by the weekly, according to foreign media reports. Lin will attend the festivities along with an eclectic mix of celebrities, including New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo, at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, the reports said. Global pop diva Rihanna will perform at the gala, which will also feature a keynote speech by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Each year, Time invites its readers around the world to vote online for “the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes who they think are the most influential people in the world for that particular year.” Lin ranked ninth in the online poll to identify the Time 100, garnering nearly 90,000 votes. He was the top-ranked athlete in the online voting, edging out Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi, who plays for Barcelona.

SAILING

Spain pair head to London

Former Olympic champions Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez have the chance to avenge their disputed defeat in the 49er-class race in Beijing after being selected to represent Spain again in the London Games this summer. The pair were denied a second gold to follow their Olympic triumph in Athens in 2004 after a Denmark duo, whose boat was broken, borrowed a replacement from already eliminated Croatia for the deciding race in China. Denmark just pipped them for first place and sparked a furious protest from silver-medalists Spain and the Italy team, which was rejected. “I think we can be prepared, if not we wouldn’t even try,” Fernandez told the Spanish sailing federation Web site. The pair finished second in the Olympic practice event in Weymouth last year. “The Weymouth course is a good place for us,” Martinez added.

SOCCER

Brazil squad weak: Romario

Former star Romario said Brazil would not get past the group stage of the World Cup if the competition were played today. Now a Brazilian lawmaker, Romario used an expletive to describe what he thinks about the national team and said coach Mano Menezes needs more time to be able to form his squad. Romario said he would like to see former South Africa coach Joel Santana in command if Menezes is fired in case Brazil fails to earn a good result during the London Olympics. He also said in his interview to the local Rio de Janeiro daily O Dia that he was “by far” better than Argentina’s Lionel Messi. He said he is in the top three all-time, along with Pele and Diego Maradona.

GOLF

Watson out of Quail Hollow

Masters champion Bubba Watson withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in North Carolina. Watson told tournament officials on Tuesday that he needed to spend time with his family after the tournament in New Orleans next week, where he will defend his title. The Wells Fargo Championship is May 3 through May 6, with The Players Championship the following week. He says that would be three weeks away from his wife and newly adopted son. Wells Fargo still expects to attract a strong field with Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood and

SOCCER

Reading secures promotion

Reading capped a remarkable run of form by securing promotion back to the Premier League on Tuesday, after a 1-0 victory at home to Nottingham Forest guaranteed a top-two finish in the Championship (second division). Reading, who have taken 46 points from a possible 51 over their past 17 games, return to the top-flight four seasons after losing their place in 2008. Fans flooded the pitch in celebration after a victory at the Madjeski Stadium that moved Reading, beaten by Swansea in last season’s playoff final, on to 88 points from 44 matches, three ahead of nearest pursuers Southampton, who won 3-1 at Peterborough. Southampton are poised to join Reading in gaining automatic promotion. The south coast club have a five-point advantage over West Ham United, who could only draw 1-1 at Bristol City on Tuesday, with two matches remaining.

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