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Sao Paulo sign striker Luis Fabiano from Sevilla

Posted: 11 Mar 2011 08:14 PM PST

Brazil's Luis Fabiano (left) shoots to score during the 2010 World Cup Group G match against Ivory Coast in Johannesburg on June 20, 2010. — Reuters pic

SAO PAULO, March 12 — Brazil's World Cup striker Luis Fabiano has rejoined Sao Paulo from Sevilla for €7.6 million (RM31.78 million), the Brazilian club said yesterday.

"It is the realisation of a dream and a gift for all the Sao Paulo community," club president Juvenal Juvencio told the club's website (http://www.spfc.com.br).

"Luis Fabiano has a 'tricolour' soul and will bring to our team the quality, fun, irreverence and fighting spirit that have always characterised him."

The 30-year-old, who led the line for Brazil at the World Cup finals in South Africa last year, was unsettled in his sixth season with Sevilla after losing a regular place in the team. — Reuters

Brazil's Luis Fabiano (left) shoots to score during the 2010 World Cup Group G match against Ivory Coast in Johannesburg on June 20, 2010. — Reuters pic

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Nadal keeps goals short-term after early season injury

Posted: 11 Mar 2011 06:33 PM PST

Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a return to Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans during their Davis Cup World Group first round match in Charleroi March 4, 2011. — Reuters pic

INDIAN WELLS, California, March 12 — Having suffered an ill-timed leg injury at the Australian Open in January, Rafa Nadal is reluctant to look too far ahead for the rest of this season.

The world number one was sidelined for 10 days after losing to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the Australian Open quarter-finals and has competed in only two Davis Cup matches since then.

Nadal is back in action at the Indian Wells ATP tournament, where he won the title in 2007 and 2009, and will launch his campaign against South African Rik de Voest in the second round today.

Asked by reporters what his goals were for 2011, the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open champion replied: "The goal is the match of tomorrow. That's the first goal, no? We will see.

"I felt I was in very good position to try to start this season very well. I felt perfect but I was unlucky in the beginning of the season, so I am just trying to find again the performance of the beginning of the season."

Nadal, bidding to become only the third man to hold all four grand slam titles at the same time, was stunned 6-4 6-2 6-3 by Ferrer in the last eight at Melbourne after suffering a leg injury early in the match.

"That's part of the game," Nadal said of his premature departure from the first grand slam event of the season.

"In the second game, I felt the leg. That's what happened. I tried to recover very fast and practise in Mallorca, so that's what I did. I played Davis Cup last week, and I'm here to try my best."

CUP WINS

Nadal won both of his singles encounters in Spain's first-round Davis Cup tie against Belgium last week, describing his form there as "normal".

He was delighted to be back in the California desert at Indian Wells for the opening Masters Series event of the season at a venue he has long enjoyed.

"I don't have any reason to not play well here because I was playing really well before the injury and I came back," Nadal said.

"I need to adapt a little bit to this court, because I think the bounce is like crazy and the ball is very fast. But I always love this tournament, and I always played well in this tournament."

The Spanish left-hander was optimistic he could swiftly regain the form he displayed during his 2010 campaign where he won an ATP World Tour-leading seven titles in nine finals.

"The (season-ending Tour) finals in London I think was a very high level for me," Nadal said. "I have to try to be at this position another time.

"I'm trying my best every day practising. And for sure winning matches, if I am winning matches, everything is gonna be a little bit easier." — Reuters

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