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The race for second place between Inter Milan and AC Milan in Itailian Serie A heats up when Roberto Mancini (right)'s Inter host Lazio and Carlo Ancelotti's AC Milan play Udinese away on Sunday. (Reuters/AfP)

Milan giants left to battle for 2nd
ROME: The race for second place in Serie A heats up when Inter Milan host Lazio and AC Milan play Udinese away on Sunday.

FIFA agrees on stiffer penalties to stamp out racism
ZURICH: Soccer's world governing body FIFA agreed on Thursday to punish acts of racism with severe penalties including the deduction of points and disqualification from competitions.

England face uphill task in third test
MUMBAI: England will fight against all the odds to prevent a second straight series defeat when they face India in the third and final test starting on Saturday.

Magath: No reason to be nervous
BERLIN: Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath says the German champions have a perfect opportunity to prove a point when they entertain third-placed Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

Rovers in pack biting at Hotspurs' heels
LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur face intense pressure in the fight for fourth place in the Premier League and must win at relegation-haunted Birmingham City on Saturday to keep their rivals for a Champions League berth at bay.

Tian strikes back against officials
China's star diver Tian Liang said he did not understand the country's swimming officials, who refused to let him return to the national team.

Football bosses deny Schweinsteiger betting report
BERLIN: German football chiefs on Thursday issued a vehement denial of a newspaper claim that Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger was the international footballer involved in a betting scandal.

Zhangs to lead Chinese team at the worlds
Figure skaters Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao, whose heroic silver was a high point of last month's Turin Winter Olympics, are poised to catapult China into pairs dominance at the world championships next week in Calgary

Woods, Els rate US Masters as toughest
MIAMI: Tiger Woods and Ernie Els believe the lengthening of Augusta National for this year's US Masters, combined with its traditionally fast greens, makes it the toughest of the four majors.

IN BRIEF (Page: 12, Date: 03/18/2006)

SCOREBOARD (03/18/2006)

A combination file photo shows German soccer players (Left to right) Bayern Munich's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, Paul Agostino of TSV 1860 Munich, and TSV 1860 Munich's Quido Lanzaat. Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been questioned by police investigating alleged match fixing in German soccer, Munich daily tz reported on Thursday. Schweinsteiger and two players from second division club TSV 1860 Munich, Quido Lanzaat and Paul Agostino, had been questioned, the newspaper said in an article released ahead of publication on Friday. (REUTERS)

Michael Ballack and Oliver Kahn (right) leave the field after their German Bundesliga match against Wolfsburg in Wolfsburg last week. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. Head coach Felix Magath, whose team have earned only one point from their last two league games and are out of the Champions League, says the German champions have a perfect opportunity to prove a point when they entertain third-placed Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga on Sunday. (Reuters)

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