Krystyna Rudzki

Man United drop two points in title race

Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Middlesbrough on Saturday, dropping two points in the Premier League title race. United midfielder Kieran Richardson gave the hosts the lead in the third minute, but Mark Viduka headed Middlesbrough level in the 45th.

Flintoff upset, embarrassed by drunken antics

Andrew Flintoff is ''upset and embarrassed'' at being stripped of the England vice-captaincy for his drunken antics at the World Cup. Flintoff fronted a news conference on Monday at the team's hotel, admitting he was ashamed of himself. He was suspended for England's 51-run win over Canada on Sunday.

Tikolo leads Kenya to seven-wicket win

Steve Tikolo struck an unbeaten 72 and took two wickets to guide 2003 semifinalist Kenya to a seven-wicket win over Canada in the opening Group C match of the World Cup. Tikolo top-scored on Wednesday, with opener Maurice Ouma contributing 58 runs as Kenya replied to Canada's 199 all out with 40 balls to spare.

England turn to iPods for Cup inspiration

Every time England seamer Liam Plunkett wants inspiration, he just reaches for his iPod. The England cricket team has downloaded clips of the greatest moments of its players on to their digital music players and portable-game consoles, as well as their laptops.

Pitch plays up as Pakistan beat Proteas

Pakistan comfortably overhauled South Africa's 199 in a World Cup warm-up match that was almost abandoned because of an uneven pitch on Friday. Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf combined for a 100-run third-wicket partnership to propel Pakistan to 200-3 with nearly six overs to spare.

SA cricket coach hears no alarm bells

South Africa coach Mickey Arthur managed to find positives in his side's shaky start against Ireland in a Cricket World Cup warm-up match. Arthur said South Africa's 36-run win had no bearing on the tournament proper, which his side enter as the world's top-ranked one-day team.

SA overcome Ireland in warm-up

Andrew Hall dragged South Africa out of trouble with the bat and then took three wickets on Monday to guide the Proteas to a 36-run win over Ireland in a World Cup warm-up match. Hall struck an unbeaten 67, helping lift South Africa from 91 for eight to 192 all out.

Late Ronaldo winner lifts United clear of Chelsea

Manchester United moved nine points clear of Chelsea at the top of the English Premier League on Saturday after Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 88th minute to earn a 2-1 win at Fulham. Also on Saturday, Robbie Fowler scored two penalties in Liverpool's 4-0 win over Sheffield United, and Charlton beat fellow strugglers West Ham 4-0.

Finally, equal pay at Wimbledon

After years of holding out against equal prize money, Wimbledon bowed to public pressure on Thursday and agreed to pay women players as much as the men at the world's most prestigious tennis tournament. The All England Club announced at a news conference that it had decided to fall into line with other Grand Slam events and offer equal pay at this year's tournament.

Real Madrid, Man United win in Champions League

Manchester United's 1-0 win over Lille on Tuesday in the Champions League was marred by crowd incidents and a contentious goal. Real Madrid, however, helped ease the pressure on its coach by beating Bayern Munich 3-2. Also, PSV Eindhoven beat Arsenal 1-0 and Celtic held AC Milan to a 0-0 in the other first leg matches of the second round.

Chelsea cut gap on Man United to three points

Chelsea cut Manchester United's advantage atop the Premier League to three points on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Charlton. Frank Lampard scored with a long-range shot to take defending champion Chelsea to 57 points, although Manchester United may restore the gap to six when it plays at Tottenham on Sunday.

Shevchenko fires for Chelsea

Andriy Shevchenko and Frank Lampard each scored twice as Chelsea routed Wycombe 4-0 for a place in the final of the English League Cup on Tuesday. Shevchenko hadn't scored in his 10 previous appearances for Chelsea, and has reportedly fallen out with manager Jose Mourinho, partly because of his friendship with owner Roman Abramovich.

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