UK— Fulham boss Chris Coleman admitted he was mystified when hardman Zat Knight blamed his broken jaw on some bizarre preChristmas ‘fooling around’ with his brother. The curious incident ruled the twice-capped England centre-half out of Saturday’s goalless draw against West Ham and left him with little hope of playing again for a further two months. US — Houston’s Yao Ming will miss at least the next six weeks of the National Basketball Association season after fracturing his right knee this week in a 98-93 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Chinese centre, having the greatest season of his career, ranks eighth among NBA scorers with 26.8 points. He also leads the Rockets with 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks a game and is also the team’s most accurate shooter. Yao is unlikely to return before the NBA All-Star Game, meaning he will almost certainly miss the event for the first time in his NBA career. BRAZIL — Ronaldinho cried during this week’s inauguration of a soccer school for needy children he’s bankrolling in his southeastern Brazilian hometown. Ronaldinho, the two-time world player of the year, was born in a Porto Alegre shantytown. His Ronaldinho Gaucho Institute will serve as many as 3500 children after it officially opens in March. While soccer will be emphasised, other sports will also be offered, along with classes in theatre, dance, languages and computer science. UAE — United Arab Emirates rulers asked a US federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking damages for thousands of children forced to become jockeys for camel races, arguing that the issue is being fully addressed and that US courts have no jurisdiction. The nation started a program last year in conjunction with UNICEF to compensate and repatriate young jockeys to their home countries, primarily Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sudan and Mauritania, the court papers said. FRANCE — Winning a first French Open title and a fifth-straight Wimbledon crown are among Roger Federer’s resolutions for 2007. ‘‘(Winning the) French Open will definitely be a dream come true but on top of the list there is always Wimbledon and staying No.1,’’ Federer said. ‘‘These are the ones that changed my life and made me the player and person I am today.’’ Federer reached his first final at Roland Garros in May, only to lose to No.2 Rafael Nadal in four sets. SRI LANKA — Sri Lankan spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan will not rule out taking 1000 Test wickets before he retires, but he admits it will be tough. The veteran has taken 674 Test wickets which puts him second behind Shane Warne, who has 700 going into Australia’s fourth Test with England but will quit after the current Ashes series. Muralitharan admits that, at 34, he has a long way to go if he is to reach four figures. ITALY — An Italian fashion designer has launched a new range of leisurewear inspired by Zinedine Zidane’s infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi in this year’s World Cup final. The logo on Alessandro Ferrari’s new line of T-shirts and fleeces features a man headbutting another man, but condemns the Frenchman’s violent reaction to Materazzi’s provocation. The two figures are set beside a target symbol made up of the colours of the French and Italian flags, signifying the coming together of the two nations after the final. JAMAICA — Jamaican 400m runner Sandie Richards announced her retirement this week. Richards, who won gold at the 2001 world championships and bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 4x400 relay, wants to concentrate on coaching. ‘‘I’ve been toying with (retirement) for two years now,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s a hard thing to do, (but) my body couldn’t handle the training anymore and I don’t want to do anything else on the track internationally.’’ AUSTRALIA — James Packer marked the first anniversary of his father Kerry’s death by announcing a $10 million foundation to help former and promising cricketers. The PBL executive chairman said the Kerry Packer Foundation would help former Australian international players who had fallen on hard times, as well new cricketers in this country who needed financial assistance. AUSTRALIA — American teenager Sam Querrey might be virtually unknown on the international tennis tour, but two of the world’s top five players have already discovered he is no pushover. The 19-year-old from California has had an impressive year and his form has earned him a wildcard into next month’s Australian Open. Querry has moved rapidly to a world ranking of 130, rocketing more than 600 spots this year.