Mikel has knee surgerys

CHELSEA and Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel has undergone minor knee surgery with just over a month to go until the start of the World Cup.

The operation means the 23-year-old holding midfielder, who has been sidelined for the last three weeks with the injury, will miss Chelsea’s match with Wigan on Sunday, where victory will secure the Premier League title, and the FA Cup final against Portsmouth on May 15.

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New York suspect ’still cooperating’

THE man accused of planting a car bomb in crowded Times Square last week is continuing to cooperate with US authorities three days after his arrest, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday.

Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born US citizen whose large but poorly made bomb failed to detonate, has undergone extensive questioning ever since he was arrested aboard a plane as it prepared to take off for Dubai.

RISING American golf star

RISING American golf star Anthony Kim, who finished third at last month’s Masters, will miss the US Open and possibly the British Open after undergoing left thumb surgery.

Kim pulled out of The Players Championship on Wednesday, a day after having the operation in Baltimore, Maryland, for a partial ligament tear suffered months ago that was causing shoulder problems due to overcompensation.

370m prize won’t change us

A LOS Angeles couple who hit the US$266 million (S$370 million) jackpot in a multi-state lottery said on Thursday that the bumper payday would not change them.

Jacki and Gilbert Cisneros became California’s newest millionaires on Tuesday when they struck paydirt in the Mega Millions Lottery after the prize total had rolled over to an eye-popping US$266 million.