International Sports Briefs

Pereiro joins Astana

PARIS: Spain's Oscar Pereiro has signed a one-year contract with Astana, the Kazakh team announced on Tuesday. The move will allow Pereiro to join up with compatriot Alberto Contador, who is the reigning Tour de France champion. Pereiro, 32, had been with Spanish team Caisse d'Epargne since 2006. The Spaniard's biggest victory came when he was awarded the 2006 Tour de France after America's Floyd Landis had his victory in the race overturned due to doping violations.

Swine flu scare

LONDON: Staff and players at Manchester City have undergone tests for the swine flu after two players were discovered with the illness. Winger Vladimir Weiss was ordered to stay home instead of reporting for Saturday's match against Chelsea, won 2-1 by City, after he was diagnosed with the virus. City on Wednesday confirmed striker Craig Bellamy has also been suffering from the illness.