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Notebook: Portugal could be without three starters

| Saturday, July 1, 2006, 12:00 p.m.

Already without two starters for its quarterfinal match against England today, Portugal could be missing a third: creative winger Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese have lost playmaker Deco and defender Costinha to suspension after they received red cards Sunday against the Netherlands. And a thigh injury to Ronaldo could force coach Luiz Felipe Scolari into deeper tactical changes.

• Police briefly intervened yesterday when England and Germany soccer fans confronted each other on an otherwise peaceful evening.

Despite a generally easygoing atmosphere, police arrested several fans for throwing bottles and isolated fights. In all, 30 people were arrested -- 10 Germans and 20 English fans in town a day before their team's quarterfinal match against Portugal -- Gelsenkirchen Police spokesman Thomas Weise said.

• Brazil defender Lucio enters today's quarterfinal match against France with a chance to surpass the mark for most consecutive minutes played in a World Cup without committing a foul. Lucio has not been called in Brazil's first four matches and is 23 minutes from passing the mark set by Paraguay defender Carlos Gamarra, who in 1998 spent 383 minutes without allowing a free kick.

• Spain coach Luis Aragones said yesterday he will remain in charge, despite a promise to quit if his team was eliminated early from the World Cup. Aragones said he will stay until the European Championships in 2008 after meeting with Spanish soccer federation officials. Additional Information:

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