Football fan dead

SAO PAULO: A clash between rival soccer fans in Brazil has left one man dead and seven people hurt, as well as several vehicles destroyed, police said. The violence erupted on Wednesday, ahead of a Brazil Cup game between Corinthians and

Vasco da Gama. The dead man appeared to have received a fatal blow close to where fans from both teams were involved in a melee as they headed to the stadium. Police found metal bars, knives, stones and fireworks at the scene. — AFP

‘Ribery dangerous’

BERLIN: Franck Ribery could pose more a problem than a solution for his club Bayern Munich with his want-away attitude, according to former team-mate Oliver Kahn. “Ribery is not without danger for the club,” the former Germany goalkeeper said. “A player who constantly plays with the idea

of leaving for Real Madrid, Barca or elsewhere, always makes things

more nervous. You have to seriously consider this issue, otherwise a player becomes more a problem than a solution for a club.” Kahn said the former Marseille striker must change his behaviour. — AFP

Pak, Lee share lead

SPRINGFIELD: Five-time major champion Se Ri Pak fired six birdies in a six-under par 66 opening round on Thursday to match fellow South Korean Jee Young Lee for the lead at the LPGA State Farm Classic. Pak birdied three of the last four holes to equal her low round of the season at the $1.7 million tournament. Lee carded seven birdies against a lone bogey. American Kris Tamulis was third on 66 followed by Natalie Gulbis, Norway’s Suzann Pettersen and Germany’s Anja Monke on 67. Michelle Wie opened with a 70. — AFP

Rijkaard in Turkey

ISTANBUL: Dutchman Frank Rijkaard was named as new coach of Turkish first division club Galatasaray. The former Dutch international and Barcelona coach will replace Bulent Korkmaz. Rijkaard, who won two Spanish crowns (2005, 2006) and the Champions’ League in 2006 with Barcelona, has been without a club since leaving the Catalan club in 2008 after five years at the helm. Rijkaard enjoyed a sparkling career as a player, representing Ajax, Real Zaragoza and Milan, and winning 73 caps for the Netherlands, scoring 10 goals. He coached the Dutch national side from 1998-2000 and Sparta Rotterdam before joining Barca. — AFP