A roundup of happenings around the globe

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

A roundup of happenings around the globe

Underprivileged street children in Kolkata have something new to be happy about. After Steve Waugh and Mats Wilander, it's now Sunderland player Niall Quinn who has decided to donate the proceeds of his benefit match to them.The Irish soccer star who was once with Arsenal and now plays for Sunderland, hopes to raise one million pounds from the game between his club and his country, Ireland.Ferguson it isHe's probably the English soccer team's most colourful coach. First it was Sven Goran Eriksson's affair with Swedish television presenter Ulrika Jonsson that caught the fancy of the media, and then the reports of him replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as manager.But now Manchester United have denied reports that Eriksson was ready to resign after the World Cup and replace Ferguson as manager of Manchester United.Top slot can waitHe is the stand-in captain for David Beckham and it was under him that England won their last friendly against Paraguay 4-0. But Michael Owen wouldn't relish the idea of doing it at the World Cup. "I'd love to do it again (captain England) but not in the World Cup, because that will mean one of our most important players will be out," remarked Owen. England will play Sweden on June 2 in the World Cup.Jakarta gets in the moodWith the World Cup just round the corner, thousands of fans took to the streets of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, running down in a dribbling marathon through the city's main avenue to encourage local support for the World Cup. Giant screens will be set at various venues in Indonesia's main two islands, Java and Sumatra, so that fans can follow live matches from all the 64 matches until the final on June 30, in Yokohama, Japan.



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