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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Getafe wins

MADRID - Getafe beat 10-man Mallorca 1-0 in the Spanish league yesterday, with Diego Castro dedicating his second-half winner to former coach Manuel Preciado. Mallorca started strong at Alfonso Perez stadium, but the game swung in Getafe's favour in the 10th minute when Ximo Navarro was shown a direct red card for an ugly tackle on Castro. Castro capitalised on the hosts' numerical advantage four minutes after half-time, firing in Abdelaziz Barrada's back pass.

Kasiano for Kiwis

WELLINGTON - New Zealand have won the tug-of-war with Queensland for the services of Sam Kasiano after the Canterbury Bulldogs prop was named in the Kiwis Test squad to face Australia next month. The uncapped Kasiano, who had been courted by Queensland coach Mal Meninga, was included in the 19-strong squad named by Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney and selectors for the match against the Kangaroos in Townsville on October 13. The NRL's prop of the year joins Manly's Dean Whare in the squad for the first time.

QPR go down

LONDON - West Ham piled on the misery for QPR with a 2-1 win at Loftus Road yesterday that left their London rivals rooted to the bottom of the Premier League. Sam Allardyce's side moved up to seventh after first-half goals from Matt Jarvis and Ricardo Vaz Te put the Hammers firmly in control. QPR got one back through Adel Taarabt after the break, but the late dismissal of Mali midfielder Samba Diakite killed off the hosts, who have now lost four and drawn two of their first six matches.

Steyn injured

JOHANNESBURG - Injured South Africa inside centre Francois Steyn will not be available for the 2012 Rugby Championship final-round fixture against New Zealand in Soweto this Sunday. A South African Rugby Union statement said Steyn required surgery on an ankle injury that ruled him out of the 31-8 triumph over Australia at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria last Sunday. Steyn, who rejoined Durban-based Super Rugby outfit the Sharks in mid-year, undergoes surgery tomorrow to clean out old bone fragments in his ankle joint.

Rodriguez out

PARIS - Argentina fullback Martin Rodriguez is to undergo an operation on a shoulder dislocated in his country's 54-15 loss to New Zealand in the Rugby Championships at the weekend. Rodriguez, who plays his club rugby for Top 14 outfit Stade Francais, will go under the knife in the "coming days", the Argentinian federation said. The 27-year-old, capped 19 times, will miss the Pumas' final run-out in the Championships against Australia on Sunday as well as the November internationals against Wales, France and Ireland.

English return

MADRID - Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he wants to return to an English Premier League club after his spell in the Spanish capital comes to an end. "I just say openly that for many reasons after Real Madrid, Spain, Inter, Italy, Chelsea, England, Porto, Portugal, that after this project, the next step will be England for many reasons but when I don't know," said Mourinho, who coached Chelsea from 2004-7 before moving to Inter Milan.

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