WELLINGTON - New Zealand will take three five-eighths to the Rugby Championship matches in Argentina and South Africa. Coach Steve Hansen unveiled a 28-man squad for Tests against the Pumas in La Plata on September 29 and South Africa in Johannesburg on October 6. A calf injury forced Dan Carter to miss the All Blacks last two home Tests, against the same two opponents.
LONDON - Fullback Ben Foden has been ruled out of England's coming rugby internationals as he needs surgery on damaged ankle ligaments. Foden suffered the injury playing for his club Northampton against Bath last Friday and he is expected to be sidelined for up to three months. That gives Foden no chance of featuring when England face Fiji on November 10 before also hosting Australia, South Africa and New Zealand on consecutive Saturdays at Twickenham.
LOS ANGELES - Mexico's Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr tested positive for marijuana after losing his World Boxing Council middleweight crown to Argentina's Sergio Martinez, promoter Bob Arum told reporters yesterday. The Mexican fighter faces up to a one-year suspension or possible revocation of his boxing licence and a fine that could take all of his $3 million purse from the bout from the Nevada authorities.
HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka - Jacques Kallis recorded the best Twenty20 figures for his country to inspire South Africa to a convincing 10-wicket win over Zimbabwe in a Group C match at Hambantota yesterday. The 36-year-old allrounder grabbed 4-15 and was well supported by Morne Morkel's 2-16 as Zimbabwe were kept down to 8-93, their second lowest total in all Twenty20 internationals, after they had lost the toss.
PARIS - Liverpool almost paid the price for fielding a near second-string side for their Europa League opener with Swiss side Young Boys in Bern yesterday, but held on to win a thrilling match 5-3. The Merseyside giants were the only English winners on the night with Newcastle held 0-0 at Maritimo in Portugal and Tottenham also left goalless at home to Lazio.
ATLANTA, Georgia - Tiger Woods looked anything but intimidated as he powered into a share of the lead after the first round of the lucrative US PGA Tour Championship. After claims by Australian great Greg Norman that he was now intimidated by new world No.1 Rory McIlroy, the 14-times major-winning Woods shot a four-under-par 66 at East Lake Golf Club to join Englishman Justin Rose on top of the leaderboard.
SYDNEY - Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens survived the NRL club's Thursday night board meeting, but his job will be part of a club review over the coming weeks. Speculation mounted on Thursday that Sheens' 10-year career at the Tigers was to come to an immediate end at the meeting, following a disappointing 2012 season and in the wake of rumours of a player revolt against him.