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After suffering heart problems and hospitalisation in Uruguay, Diego Annando Maradona has decided to spend several months in Cuba in an attempt to kick his cocaine habit. The leader of the Caribbean island, Fidal Castro, personally invited the soccer star to go to Cuba to treat his addiction. After the U.S. authorities refused Maradona permission to enter the United States to undergo* treatment there, the Argentine idol accepted Castro's offer and turned up* at the airport with a Che Guevara t-shirt and tattoo. Since he has been on the island Maradona has had time to relax in the swimming pool, dye his hair yellow, argue with photographers and start to lose a few kilos. He has plans to play a game of football at some point but not until his doctors say that he is healthy enough. Years of drug abuse have left his heart badly damaged and his figure is rounder than ever. The star will spend at least six months in rehabilitation clinics on the island and will have treatment for both his addiction and his heart problems.


 Twenty-five days with his upper body in plaster and unable to move. For someone as active and adventurous as the Alavan rally driver Miguel Prieto this must be torture. But this is the price to pay for the unfortunate accident that he had while competing in the world famous Paris-Dakar rally (in which he was second last year). With a broken bone in his spinal column the racing driver has to take every precaution during his recovery. The whole of February prostrated in his home Vitorian before further tests to see if the bone has fixed will be followed by months of rehabilitation. However his first problem was during the journey back from Madrid where he had been operated on. "I never thought that road, which f use every weekend, had no many potholea*. It was torlufou.'-,. " This is what February holds for Preito; eat as little as possible so as not to put on weight, drink two litres of water daily to keep his liver functioning correctly, exercise his legs and arms regularly so that they don't lose too much muscular mass and of course look after all those other minor injuries suffered in the crash. But at least his humour is intact. "I might have been knocked down, but I'm still standing. "


The Reyes brothers combine to make the Madrilenos the best

 Estudiantes is a team built from the bottom up which in sporting terms means that the search for talent starts with children as young as 4 years old and that the philosophy of the club doesn't include a large cheque book used for buying the services of expensive and irregular Americans. 38 teams and 650 players of all ages all celebrated the victory in the final of the 'King's Cup' that gave Estudiantes its second title in this tournament. Victory over hosts and favourites Baskonia in the quarter-finals followed by a semi-final win against Caja San Fernando meant that hundreds of fans made the journey from Madrid to see their team play the final against Pamesa Valencia in the Araba Arena, The ^demencia estudantii' then celebrated the victory of their team in the bars of the old town of Gasteiz until the early hours of the morning.

Real Madrid's participation in the Club World Championship has given Camacho and the Federation unexpected problems. Friendly games involving the Spanish national side and league games involving the 'whites' have coincided and subsequently created friction between the club and the Federation. Camacho decided that the situation was ridiculous and threatened* to resign if league and national side games clashed* again The manager will not have to resign after all as the next game that Spain plays will be two days after Real Madrid's league game.

In one of the best games in the history of the tournament the San Louis Rams won the 24th Super Bowl by beating Lhe Tennesse Titans 23-16. In a thrilling* final quarter the Titans came back into a game that the Rama had dominated in the previous three periods. However the night belonged to the Rams' quarterback* Kurt Wamer who threw a total of 414 yards and made two touchdown* passes. In the last minute of the game he launched a 73 yard pass which wide receiver Isaac Bruce caught and converted into the winning touchdown. The 73,000 crowd packed* into the Georgia Dome were witnesses to one of the most exciting ends to a final that paralizes the United States every January.

Perhaps the defeat to the eventual champions was the only thing to expect as the host team never wins the tournament despite having the advantage of playing in front of an adoring crowd. The real reason however was that the team is still having problems in its interior game where the pivots simply don't catch the rebounds. When you add to this the fact that the 3-point specialists are not producing and that Bennett is not directing the team with tbc same inspiration as a year ago you can nol expect to compete with the best- At least the cup saw the debut of Nocioni in officail competition, Italian at last!

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