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Maccabi Haifa?s Argentinian striker Roberto Colautti finally received temporary residency yesterday after his marriage to an Israeli citizen. However, Haifa will not be able to make another foreign signing until Colautti receives an exemption from military service. The final date for registering players for the Champions league is next Thursday and Haifa hopes to complete Colautti?s naturalization by then in order to register Brazlian Anderson Xavier for the competition. ?(Haaretz Sports Staff?)

Motor sports? best-known female driver, Danica Patrick, ended speculation of joining the NASCAR circuit by opting to race for Andretti Green Racing, starting next year, the Andretti team announced yesterday. Patrick, IndyCar series Rookie of the Year in 2005, had contemplated jumping to the popular NASCAR circuit but instead settled for changing teams after her contract with Rahal Letterman runs out this season. ?I?m proud to be joining Andretti Green Racing next year,? Patrick, 24, said. ?I felt like it was time for a change, and this is what?s best for my future.? In 26 starts, Patrick has four top-five finishes and 13 top 10s. She burst into the spotlight last year when she finished fourth in the Indianapolis 500 and became the first woman to lead a lap. ?(Reuters?)

Asafa Powell of Jamaica and American Jeremy Wariner broke stadium records at the Golden League meet in Stockholm yesterday. Powell took the 100 meters in 9.86 seconds. Powell, who shares the world record of 9.77 with Justin Gatlin, topped Maurice Greene?s old Olympic Stadium record of 9.87 set in 1999. Wariner, the Olympic and world 400 meter champion, eased up at the finish but still clocked 44.02 to break the old mark of 44.57 set by Alvin Harrison in 2002. For setting the stadium marks, Powell and Wariner each received a 1-carat diamond worth $10,000. ?(AP?)



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