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SOCCER

Mario Coluna dies

Mario Coluna, who captained SL Benfica to two European Cup wins and Portugal to third place in the 1966 World Cup, has died aged 78 in the Mozambique capital, Maputo, his former club announced on Tuesday. Coluna, who like his legendary teammate Eusebio was born in Mozambique, then a Portuguese colony, had been hospitalized since Sunday because of a “serious lung infection,” Benfica said. Coluna, who captained a fine Portugal side that included Eusebio and Jose Torres, and eventually went out in the semi-finals to hosts England in 1966, scored a goal in both the European Cup finals Benfica won, in 1961 and 1962. Aside from those wins, in his 16 seasons with Benfica, he also won 10 domestic league crowns and the Portuguese Cup on seven occasions.

BASKETBALL

NBA mulls bigger courts

The NBA is exploring the possibility of expanding the dimensions of the basketball court to accommodate the growing size and increased athleticism of players, ESPN reported on Tuesday. NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn and vice president Kiki Vandeweghe also acknowledged in an interview with ESPN.com that the league office had informally weighed the possibility of introducing a four-point shot.

CRICKET

No ball tampering: S Africa

South Africa have dismissed ball-tampering allegations surrounding their second Test victory over Australia after opposing opener David Warner said the Proteas worked on the ball at Port Elizabeth to generate reverse swing. Proteas manager Mohammed Moosagee dismissed Warner’s complaint as “sour grapes” and said few took the outspoken Australian’s words seriously.

SOCCER

Birmingham owner faces jail

Hong Kong businessman and Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung faces up to 14 years in jail if found guilty at the close of his multimillion-dollar money-laundering trial tomorrow. For more than two years the case has been in the courts, with the 53-year-old denying five charges totaling US$93 million and repeatedly trying to have the proceedings halted, claiming irregularities. Yeung was arrested and charged with ill-gotten gains in the Chinese territory in June 2011, throwing the legitimacy of his rags-to-riches rise from hairdresser to top-flight English soccer club proprietor into doubt.

BOXING

Khan jabs at Mayweather

Amir Khan unleashed a flurry of verbal jabs on Tuesday at Floyd Mayweather Jr after the unbeaten American passed him over for a lucrative May 3 bout and chose Argentina’s Marcos Maidana. The 27-year-old Englishman Khan — who defeated Maidana in 2010 — made his fury clear in a statement released by his promotions company and linked to a post on his Twitter feed, intimating that Mayweather was running scared. “Despite having signed my part of the agreement to fight Floyd in early December, I’ve been preparing myself for some time that the matchup with him wasn’t going to happen,” Khan said. “Therefore this announcement did not come as a surprise. I am, however, very disappointed with Floyd and his team for not providing any explanation as to why he delayed the announcement for so long and ultimately avoided the fight with me. Clarification, if he was not fighting me, would have allowed me to look over my options and pursue another path, rather than the ultimate delay to my career this has caused.”

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