Radcliffe with her daughter.Serbian fan begins his long march to SA

»A 39-year old Serbian soccer fan started trekking to South Africa last Tuesday and plans to reach the country in time for his nation's opening World Cup Group D match against Ghana in Pretoria on June 13.

Draped in a Serbia flag, Sasa Jovic set off on foot from the Balkan country's central city of Cacak with just a back-pack and a world map in his bid to cover 16,000 kilometres by road and sea.

"I've decided to take to take a road less travelled and I plan to get to South Africa on foot, while I will also hitch-hike and take public transport when possible," Jovic told Belgrade media.

"I've been planning this trip for a year, I will travel via Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Botswana, and I hope the national team will give me plenty to cheer about when I get there."

The June 11 - July 11 tournament will be Serbia's first major soccer tournament as an independent nation.

Pacy Walcott leaves Wenger struggling

»Spanish reporters' obsession with Theo Walcott's pace prior to Arsenal's Champions League quarterfinal second leg in Barcelona last week prompted a number of questions about the England winger's speed over 100 metres.

The 21-year-old said he covered the distance in around 10.3 seconds, roughly in line with an estimate made by Barca coach Pep Guardiola at the weekend.

"When I was 14 I did it in around 11 seconds so I could potentially do it a lot quicker now," Walcott said.

His smiling manager Arsene Wenger added: "I can do it in 17," provoking laughter from assembled reporters who asked the 60-year-old Frenchman if he meant seconds or minutes.

Swimming ace Manadou becomes a mum

»Former Olympic champion Laure Manaudou and her fellow swimmer boyfriend Frederick Bousquet have become parents to a baby girl, the French swimming federation said.
"Manon came into the world on Friday," the federation wrote on its website (

Manaudou, 23, won the 400 metres freestyle gold medal at the 2004 Games in Athens and also claimed world titles for the 200 and 400 freestyle. Bousquet, 28, took the 50 metres freestyle silver medal at last year's world championships.

Marathoner Radcliffe    too on the way

»Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe is expecting her second child in September.

"As always when nature is involved it's hard to plan but the idea was we could get pregnant this year and have 2011 to comfortably come back to racing," the 36-year-old Briton told the BBC.

"The 2012 Olympics (in London) is the big goal and we think this works out perfectly for that," added Radcliffe, who had a daughter in January 2007.

Radcliffe has not competed since she finished fourth in last November's New York marathon and, apart from the Commonwealth Games in October, has no major championships this year.

Boxing set to return to Yankee Stadium

»Yankee Stadium in New York will welcome boxing back to the baseball field for the first time in over 30 years when it hosts a world championship bout in June that features an aspiring rabbi.

The "Stadium Slugfest" will feature WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-0-0, 8 KOs) of Belarus against former title holder Miguel Cotto (34-2-0, 27 KOs) of Puerto Rico in a ring at right-center field with a canopy above.  

It will mark the first non-baseball event to be held in the $1.5 billion stadium that opened last year as the new home of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees.

The last fight in old Yankee Stadium, built across the street in 1923 and now being demolished, was in 1976 when Muhammad Ali defeated Ken Norton.

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