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Carlos Alberto dies after heart attack

RIO DE JANEIRO • Brazil football great Carlos Alberto, who captained the 1970 World Cup-winning side, has died aged 72 following a heart attack, local television reported yesterday.

The full-back was capped 53 times and scored what is considered one of the greatest World Cup goals - a fierce low strike to cap off a wonderful team move in the 4-1 victory over Italy in the 1970 final.

He played for Fluminense, Santos, Flamengo and the New York Cosmos in a playing career stretching from 1962 to 1982 before going into management.


Tan reaches best ranking of No. 488

Singapore's top tennis player Stefanie Tan rose to a career-high of No. 488 in the Women's Tennis Association singles rankings this week.

The 24-year-old full-time athlete broke into the top 500 for the first time courtesy of her victory at an International Tennis Federation US$10,000 (S$13,900) tournament in Jakarta on Oct 15.

$1.7b FA Cup TV rights deal inked

LONDON • The English Football Association has rubber stamped a new six-year international television rights deal for the FA Cup starting from the 2018-19 season.

No financial details were given but British media said the deal was worth about £1 billion (S$1.7 billion).


Fifa fines Spanish FA over minors' moves

ZURICH • Fifa fined the Spanish football federation 220,000 Swiss francs (S$308,021) yesterday in the latest stage of its battle with the country over the transfer of under-age players.

Te Spanish federation was also given a reprimand and six months to get its regulations in line with Fifa rules. The world football governing body said the latest case involves minors who played for Atletico Madrid between 2007 and 2014 and for Real Madrid between 2005 and 2014.


Evergrande's Scolari rewarded with deal

BEIJING • Brazilian football coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been given a new deal by Guangzhou Evergrande after guiding the Asian giants to their sixth consecutive Chinese Super League title.

Reports described it as a one-year deal, with an option for another year.

Evergrande were poised to replace Scolari next season with another World Cup-winning manager, Marcello Lippi, but they let the Italian take the helm at China's national team.


Diack's ex-adviser freed from custody

PARIS • A French court has ordered the release from police custody of a former legal adviser to disgraced former world athletics head Lamine Diack, his lawyers said on Monday.

Habib Cisse was placed behind bars earlier this month as part of a French investigation into corruption linked to state-sponsored doping of Russian athletes.

"His provisional detention was completely unjustified," his lawyers Louis-Marie de Roux and Cedric Labrousse said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 26, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe