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Claudio Reyna hurt

NASHVILLE: US captain Claudio Reyna strained his right hamstring during Tuesday night’s warmup match against Morocco. Reyna was fouled from behind about eight minutes in, and then started trying to stretch the hamstring. Morocco won the match 1-0 on the 90th-minute goal from Mohamed Madihi.

600 fake balls seized

SHANGHAI: Chinese customs agents confiscated 600 balls illegally stamped with the logo of FIFA World Cup. The balls were impounded in the eastern port of Ningbo after being found in a shipment traced to a travel agency in Baotou, a Ningbo customs agent. The balls were stamped “FIFA 2006 World Cup Germany,” the agent said.

Ronaldo practises alone

WEGGIS: Ronaldo practiced separately from the rest of Brazil’s squad in their first training session ahead of the World Cup. Ronaldo, who had various injuries at the start of the year, ran by himself for 40 minutes while the other players underwent a series of physical drills. Only 16 of Brazil’s 23 players participated in the team’s first practice session in the 5,000-seat arena in Weggis.