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Hamburg SV has handed Japan striker Naohiro Takahara a one-year contract extension running through the end of June 2006, the German first-division club said Saturday.

Hamburg Director of Sport Dietmar Beiersdorfer said that the club has decided to exercise its option of extending the 25-year-old’s deal but did not reveal the terms and conditions of the new contract.

Takahara joined Hamburg on a 2 1/2-year deal from J. League club Jubilo Iwata in January 2003.

Stadium ban lifted

DUBLIN (AP) Ireland’s national soccer and rugby teams may now use the country’s flagship stadium, marking the end of a 120-year-old ban.

The Gaelic Athletic Association temporarily lifted the ban Saturday. Since its foundation in 1884, the GAA had refused to permit either sport to be played on any Gaelic fields, saying soccer and rugby are British inventions.

Ireland’s dominant sports organization voted 227-97 to allow both teams to play at the 82,000-seat Croke Park in Dublin but only while Ireland’s other major stadium, Lansdowne Road, is being redeveloped.

Reggae Boy dies

KINGSTON (AP) Peter Cargill, a member of Jamaica’s 1998 World Cup side, died in an automobile accident in St. Ann parish Saturday, police said.

Cargill, 41, received severe injuries when the minivan in which he was traveling left the road and struck a boulder head-on.

Cargill was traveling to Montego Bay where Waterhouse, the team he coached, was scheduled to play a league match Sunday.

The driver of the minivan, Hugh Blair, another former Jamaica player, sustained minor injuries and was hospitalized. Delroy Satius, Cargill’s assistant at Waterhouse, also sustained multiple injuries and was listed in critical condition.

A female passenger also survived but suffered a broken collarbone.

Down Under Dwight

SYDNEY (AP) Trinidadian striker Dwight Yorke will join Sydney FC for the inaugural A-League soccer competition in Australia after turning down a more lucrative offer from the Middle East, Sydney FC chief executive Andy Harper said Sunday.

“Dwight Yorke has agreed to terms with Sydney FC so we’re very excited,” Harper told Channel Seven television.

“He could quite easily have gone (elsewhere) for a great deal more money.”

The 34-year-old Yorke, who played with Aston Villa, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers and most recently Birmingham City, is expected to arrive in Sydney in July.

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