SYDNEY - Greg Inglis has become the first superstar to take advantage of the new NRL broadcast deal by signing a lucrative new five-year contract with South Sydney. Inglis, who joined Souths at the start of the 2011 season, has committed his future to the club until the end of the 2017, having agreed a deal that's believed to make him the highest-paid player in the game.
LONDON - Chelsea captain John Terry was given a four-match ban by the Football Association (FA) after being found guilty of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand on Thursday. An FA statement said an independent regulatory commission had issued a suspension for a period of four matches and a fine of 276,000 euros ($A345,258.94) pending appeal.
LA PLATA, Argentina - Five-eighth Dan Carter has been picked for the All Blacks clash with Argentina in La Plata on Sunday after missing their last two Rugby Championship matches with a strained calf. Carter was taken on tour by New Zealand with fellow fly-halves Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett in expectation of playing, and was passed fit on Thursday. New Zealand: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Dan Carter, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith.
LONDON - Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was given a remarkable eight-year contract on Thursday as the north-east club sought to emulate the likes of Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal. Both of those clubs have stuck by Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger respectively and Newcastle believe the 51-year-old Pardew is the man to end the north-east club's now 43-year wait for a major trophy.
PRETORIA - Wallabies coach Robbie Deans believes rookie halfback Nick Phipps is ready for South Africa, and Australia is now ready for him. Phipps will start his second Test against the Springboks in the Rugby Championship clash at Loftus Versfeld, again replacing injured regular Will Genia in the line-up. The 23-year-old is expecting to be a bundle of nerves before his first Test at the famed high veldt cauldron, which he hopes goes better than his only other match there - a 50-7 hiding with the Melbourne Rebels.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Forgotten midfield star Kaka, who hasn't played international football since the 2010 World Cup, was recalled to the Brazil squad on Thursday. The 30-year-old former Footballer of the Year was included in a 23-man group for next month's back-to-back friendlies against Iraq and Japan having last played in the 2-1 quarter-finals defeat against the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.