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UNSER AT INDY: Kelley Racing has entered two cars each for Al Unser Jr. and Scott Sharp in the May 25 Indianapolis 500.

Unser, a two-time Indy winner, and Sharp, a former IRL co-champion who started from the pole at Indy two years ago, will each drive Dallara cars powered by Toyota engines.

Also among the latest entries are two Dallara-Hondas by Super Aguri Fernandez Racing for rookie Roger Yasukawa, a former driver in the Toyota Atlantic and Barber Dodge Pro series.

The entry deadline is midnight, April 2.

Soccer

BRAZIL TALENT FUND: Pele plans to create a fund to help keep Brazil's promising young soccer talent in the country.

The Brazilian soccer star has talked to bankers and businessmen who approved of his initiative, his former club, Santos, said in a statement released Friday.

Pele believes the next generation of Brazilian talent is vital for the future of soccer in the country that has won the World Cup five times.

Among the brightest young stars are 17-year-old Diego and 18-year-old Robinho, who led Santos to a national title last year, the team's first since Pele retired.

WORLD CUP SPONSORS: All 15 global sponsors have signed up for the 2006 World Cup, just six months after the final whistle in the last tournament.

FIFA said signing the sponsors so quickly was a record. Soccer's world governing body was still searching for sponsors the year before the 2002 World Cup, which was played in South Korea and Japan.

The 2006 World Cup in Germany is expected to be a financial hit.

"This ought to be the granddaddy of them all, a record one," said John Stuart, world wide marketing manager of MasterCard, which has signed on as a global sponsor.

Olympic

OLY MEMORIES: Salzburg's bid to host the 2010 Winter Games could be helped by the childhood memories of International Olympic Committee official Gerhard Heiberg.

Heiberg, the head of a committee evaluating the bid, spent his youth in the city.

"I remember my time here very well. It was wonderful, especially the cultural festival and the food," Heiberg said Saturday, the third day of a four-day inspection by a 15-member IOC evaluation team.

The committee won't comment on the bid until Sunday.

Bid spokesman Michael Schuen was confident Salzburg will receive high marks.

Vancouver, British Columbia, and Pyeongchang, South Korea, also are competing to host the games. The IOC will make a decision July 2 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Hockey

FINNISH VICTORY: Olympic star Hayley Wickenheiser won 11 of 15 faceoffs Saturday, but was held without a point for the first time in three games as Salamat beat Diskos 3-1 for its fourth straight Finnish playoff victory.

Wickenheiser, Canada's top female player, played 10 1/2 minutes and had three shots on goal in her first game in a Finnish championship league Arena, the "Hippos" in Jyvaskyla.

Football

CHARGERS GM AILING: San Diego Chargers general manager John Butler has been hospitalized since Thursday because of internal inflammation and dehydration.

Butler's condition is not related to his lung cancer, team spokesman Bill Johnston said Saturday. Butler is recovering and getting stronger, Johnston said, but the team doesn't know when he will be discharged.

Butler was diagnosed with cancer in July and has undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments.