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SPORTS BRIEFS

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SOCCER

Hookers cram for World Cup

Sex workers in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, which will host World Cup 2014 semi-finals, are being offered free English lessons to help them welcome the tourist onslaught, officials say. “They will be learning everyday expressions as well as technical sex vocabulary,” said Cida Vieira, who runs the Sex Workers’ Association in Minas Gerais state, of which Belo Horizonte is the capital. “They should be able to speak with their clients about fantasies,” Vieira said. About 300 prostitutes have already signed up for the classes, she said. Next on their agenda: expanding the program to include Spanish and French. “There are 80,000 prostitutes in Belo Horizonte alone. And demand just keeps going up,” she said. Pollyana Temponi, 27, and a three-year veteran of the trade, said: “English will be helpful for negotiating prices ... And nowadays, you need English for every job, really.”

SOCCER

Juventus down Milan

An extra-time strike by Mirko Vucinic gave Juventus a 2-1 victory over AC Milan on Wednesday and a place in the Italian Cup semi-finals. Milan had taken a sixth-minute lead when Stephan El Shaarawy found the target after being set-up by fine approach work from Giampaolo Pazzini and Kevin-Prince Boateng. However, Juve were level six minutes later when Sebastian Giovinco curled a free-kick over the wall and into the top corner. Juventus snatched an extra-time winner when second-half substitute Vucinic allowed an Emmanuele Giaccherini pass to reach Paolo De Ceglie whose return pass gave the Montenegro international time to slot home the vital goal. Juve coach Antonio Conte said that the win was the perfect response to the weekend’s shock 2-1 loss to Sampdoria in Serie A. “The lads knew what happened on Sunday should never happen again, not so much the defeat itself but for the manner in which it came,” Conte said. “Today I had a great response from everyone, in particular from those who have had fewer opportunities to show what they can do.”

SOCCER

N Korean heads south

North Korean striker Jong Tae-se finalized his move to South Korea’s K-League yesterday, vowing to score at least 15 goals for his new team the Suwon Samsung Bluewings before the end of the season. Jong, 28, was bought by Suwon from German side FC Koln for a reported transfer fee of 300,000 euros (US$395,850). “I will use my experience in Germany to help Suwon win the league this season,” Jong told reporters after finalizing a three-year-contract that makes him the fourth North Korean to play in the K-League. Jong, born in Japan to a South Korean father and a North Korean mother, has a North Korean passport and has said in previous interviews that he considered himself North Korean. After passing his medical on Tuesday, he expressed his desire to serve as “an ambassador” for inter-Korean sporting exchanges.

DAKAR RALLY

Peterhansel extends lead

Stephane Peterhansel boosted his lead in the Dakar Rally to 10 minutes after teammate Nani Roma won the fifth stage on Wednesday. Peterhansel’s Mini finished second to Roma’s on the relatively short 172km stage on the Peru side of the border with Chile. After enduring sand dunes since the race started on Saturday, drivers sprinted through rocky sections, riverbeds and canyons. The motorbikes navigated a different 136km route from Arequipa toward the Pacific coast, and Frenchman Olivier Pain became the first rider to hold on to the overall lead.

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