Robert Millward

The year in soccer: Who’s the boss?

Forget Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham and Thierry Henry. Soccer's biggest player in 2003 was Roman Abramovich. The 37-year-old Russian oil tycoon, with a personal fortune of £5,5-billion, admits he knows little about the game and is more interested in ice hockey.

Ronaldo hits two as Madrid beats Marseille

Ronaldo scored twice as nine-time winner Real Madrid beat Olympique Marseille 4-2 in the opening round of Champions League games on Tuesday. Chelsea, fuelled by the millions of oil tycoon Roman Abramovich, gained a 1-0 win at Sparta Prague thanks to a late goal by French defender William Gallas.

Mandela wades into Zim cricket debate

Former South African president Nelson Mandela stepped into the debate over England's World Cup cricket game in Zimbabwe on Wednesday by saying the game should go ahead in Harare and not be moved to South Africa.

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