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Romario to fulfill father’s dream
 

»Former Brazil striker Romario is set to come out of retirement to play for his late father's favourite team America-RJ, the former Brazil striker said on Wednesday.

"I'll play for a few minutes in one or two matches for America. It's a way I've found of realising a dream my father had," the 43-year-old told reporters.

The former Barcelona striker, who retired early last year after claiming he had scored 1,000 goals in his career, took on an administrative role at America this year to try to revive the struggling club, now languishing in the Carioca (Rio de Janeiro state) second division.

Bentley sorry for drunken driving

»Tottenham Hotspur midfielder David Bentley apologised to his Premier League club and fans on Thursday after being charged with drink driving following a car crash.

The 24-year-old winger, who has nine England caps, crashed his car into a lamp post in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire in the early hours of Thursday morning and was arrested at the scene Herts police said.

"I should like to apologise to my club and the supporters for my actions which led to my car accident last night and my subsequent charge," Bentley said in a statement on the Spurs website (www.spurs.co.uk).

"It was wholly unacceptable and I fully appreciate that as a professional footballer I have a duty to behave in a reputable and responsible manner. "I am thankful that nobody was injured in the accident. This has been a wake-up call for me both personally and professionally," he added.

Aquilani eager to learn from Gerrard

»New Liverpool signing Alberto Aquilani said he hoped to learn from "the strongest midfielder in the world" and cannot wait to start playing alongside Steven Gerrard.
Aquilani, 26, was unveiled by Liverpool on Thursday and immediately set his sights on helping his new club win the title for the first time in 20 years.

But it is the prospect of appearing with Gerrard that really excites the Italy international midfielder, a 20 million pounds buy from Roma. "Even before I came to Liverpool I thought Steven Gerrard was the strongest midfielder in the world," Aquilani told reporters. "I'm looking forward to playing with him and learning from him."

Klitschko faces ‘Nightmare’ fight

»WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko can not see his upcoming title bout with undefeated challenger Cristobal Arreola lasting the distance.

"Not too many believe it will go 12 rounds. I don't either," Klitschko told reporters on Thursday at a news conference to promote the Sept. 26 fight at the Staples Center. "Every morning I wake up and think about Chris and how I can fight him. Chris has his skills -- I will show my skills. I'll do my best to keep my title as long as possible."

In September, the towering 6-foot-7 Ukrainian will face a battle to prevent the Mexican 28-year-old Arreola from making history as the first Mexican heavyweight champion.

Nicknamed "Nightmare," Arreola hails from Los Angeles and has gained a large local following while compiling a 27-0 record with 24 knockouts. Known for his aggression and strength, the 6-foot-4 (1.93m) Arreola enters the fight with a fourth-round knockout of Jameel McCline in April under his belt. "I'm here to make history," said Arreola, a clear underdog to the champion who is 10 years his senior.

Phelps drives past expiry date

»Police has cited US swim star Michael Phelps for driving with an expired license and said the Beijing Olympic hero admitted drinking a beer about 75 minutes before a car crash.
Baltimore city police on Friday said the accident on Thursday night at an intersection was not the fault of Phelps and he showed no signs of being impaired so no sobriety tests were administered. Phelps was driving when his sports utility vehicle was struck by a car that ran a red light. Phelps, 24, faces citations for driving without as license and failing to establish Maryland residency.

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