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Friday, September 14, 2012

Sports News in Brief

Gomez lifts US

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Herculez Gomez scored off a second half free kick as the US football team got their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a 1-0 win over Jamaica on Tuesday. Gomez curled in a shot from the right side in the 55th minute for the Americans, who avenged a loss to Jamaica last week and earned three points with Tuesday's win in front of a crowd of 24,000 at the Columbus Crew Stadium.

Fed in team

LAUSANNE - Roger Federer will return to the Swiss lineup for this weekend's World Group playoff tie against the Netherlands. There had been some doubts over whether the world No.1 would play following his US Open quarter-final loss to Tomas Berdych, but the Swiss Tennis Federation confirmed on Wednesday that he would line up alongside Stanislas Wawrinka.

Hatton return

LONDON - Former light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton is set to come out of retirement after three years, having called a news conference to make a "major announcement" on Friday. The 33-year-old Briton has not fought since a second-round knockout by Manny Pacquiao in 2009.

Cover-up

LONDON - Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has condemned the authorities for covering up the truth about the Hillsborough stadium disaster for 23 years after the wrongdoing and mistakes that led to the death of 96 fans was finally revealed. Secret papers exposed a sophisticated attempt by police to shift the blame onto Liverpool fans by instructing officers to change statements and insinuating that many were drunk and had histories of violence or criminality.

Media wrap

COLOMBO - Ireland captain William Porterfield says a ranking of 10th won't stop his lads thinking they can win any game they play in the World Twenty20, especially their opening clash with Australia on September 19 in Colombo. Porterfield's side have got the jump in terms of preparation by arriving a week earlier than the Australians who landed in Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Genia surgery

SYDNEY - Wallabies halfback Will Genia has successfully undergone surgery to repair the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Genia will soon begin the arduous rehabilitation process which is expected to sideline the Queensland and Wallabies captain for up to six months. The 24-year-old suffered the injury with 11 minutes to go in Saturday night's 26-19 win over South Africa in Perth.

Duo ruled not

SYDNEY - Brisbane pair Sam Thaiday and Justin Hodges have been ruled out of Australia's end-of-season Test against New Zealand due to injury. Broncos captain Thaiday, who has been a regular feature of the Kangaroos side since 2009, underwent surgery on a shoulder injury on Wednesday. A veteran of 17 Tests, the hard-running backrower struggled with the injury through the second half of the NRL season but will be fit for the start of the 2013 season in March.