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Zelic in Australia

[BB] SYDNEY – Former Socceroo captain Ned Zelic has returned to Australia to play in the inaugural A-League as the marquee signing for the Newcastle Jets. The 33-year-old defender flew into Australia this morning before announcing he had signed a two- year deal with the Jets.

He has received a release from his Austrian club Wacker Tirol and will be free to play for the Jets next week in the world club championship qualifiers in Gosford.

Celtic manager says

title win no certainty

GLASGOW – Celtic manager Martin O’Neill has warned the club’s fans the Scottish Premier League has still to be won.

Following last Sunday’s 2-1 win away to Rangers the Parkhead side now have a five point cushion with only four games to play.

And on Saturday they could move eight points clear if they can defeat third placed Hibernian at Celtic Park, with Rangers heading north to take on Aberdeen the following day.

But O’Neill believes there is still work to be done before he can celebrate his fourth title in five years.

The Northern Irishman said: “I am not here to pour cold water over it and it was a great win last weekend. We have given ourselves the chance to make a mistake but nothing has been won.”

Olympic champ Ulmer

to switch cycle focus

AUCKLAND – Olympic champion Sarah Ulmer today said she would be continuing her cycling career but would switch her focus from the track to the road.

Ulmer, the Olympic and World 3000m individual pursuit champion said she would attempt the 20km individual time trial and was targeting the world championships in Austria in September next year.

“I’m going to be starting from scratch in an event in which I don’t know how I’m going to go,” she said.

Hick well on way to

top-10 after century

LONDON – Graeme Hick moved ahead of WG Grace and into the top 10 all-time century makers on Thursday as he hit 176 for Worcestershire to record his 127th first-class tonne.

The Zimbabwe-born former England batsman smashed eight sixes and 20 fours off 231 balls in a Worcestershire all-out total of 306 against Lancashire.

Hick, 39 next month, is one century behind his former England captain Graham Gooch and two behind Len Hutton.

Englishman Jack Hobbs is the all-time leader with 197 centuries.

Top seed Moya beats

Ferrero in Portugal

ESTORIL, Portugal – Top seed Carlos Moya outlasted Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5 6-7 6-4 in a marathon second-round match at the Estoril Open claycourt tournament on Thursday.

Moya will play Paul-Henri Mathieu in Friday’s quarter-finals after the Frenchman thrashed Tomas Cakl 6-1 6-1.

Also through to the quarter- finals are fourth seed Tommy Robredo who defeated countryman Santiago Ventura 7-5 6-0, and experienced Italian Davide Sanguinetti, a 5-7 6-3 6-4 winner over Spain’s Albert Costa.

The Moya-Ferrero contest was the match everyone was looking forward to from the moment the draw was made and it lived up to its billing.

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