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Rugby union: England captain Lawrence Dallaglio looks set to announce his retirement from international rugby today. The Wasps star has called a mid-morning press conference at Twickenham, when he will make what has been described as "an important announcement". Dallaglio, 32, would follow fellow England World Cup winners Martin Johnson, Neil Back, Jason Leonard and Kyran Bracken if he decides to end his Test career.

CRICKET: India batsman Sachin Tendulkar will miss the three-match NatWest Challenge one-day series against England, due to start tomorrow, because of tennis elbow. But he has not been ruled out of the ICC Champions trophy which starts on September 10. No replacement has been sought for Tendulkar.

MOTORCYCLING: Michael Rutter and Yukio Kagayama took the victories in a dramatic 11th round of the THINK! British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park. In the opening race Rutter, leading throughout, for his sixth victory of the season. Kagayama, who in the corresponding round last year had sustained life-threatening injuries in a horror crash, led throughout to take a highly popular victory.

MOTOR RACING: McLaren have vowed to put an early end to Michael Schumacher's title celebrations. The Ferrari driver captured his seventh world championship with second place in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. But Kimi Raikkonen won in style to announce McLaren's return to the top step of the podium and team boss Ron Dennis joined the Finn in warning Ferrari to expect tough times ahead.

MOTOR RACING: Englishman Dan Wheldon claimed an historic Indy Racing League victory in the Indy 225 at Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Wheldon, from Emberton, got his title challenge back on track with his win in the 100th IRL race, his third victory of a superb season. He saw off the challenge of Andretti Green team-mates Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan to cut the gap on the championship-leading Brazilian to 72 points. Yorkshireman Darren Manning finished sixth for Target Chip Ganassi Racing while Londoner Mark Taylor crashed his Access car after 57 laps.

ATHLETICS: German athletics is set to pay a heavy financial price for their nation's dismal showing at the Olympic Games. Not one of the 79 German participants in Athens could pick up a gold medal and only two, shot-putter Nadine Kleinert and Steffi Nerius in the javelin, managed to win a silver medal. That translates as the worst return by a German athletics squad since the 1956 Games in Melbourne. The government, whose financial support for the athletes and training camps depends on how successful they are, are now certain to make massive cuts.

MOTOR RACING: Justin Wilson was denied a maiden Champ Car podium by a gearbox failure in the Molson Indy Montreal. The Yorkshireman made swift progress from ninth on the grid and was running fifth when the gearbox went, leaving the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing driver frustrated. Fellow Yorkshireman Guy Smith also failed to finish due to a mechanical problem as former Williams Formula One test driver Bruno Junqueira won.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 31, 2004
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