MADRID - Real Madrid's left-back Marcelo will be out injured for around three months, the Brazilian football federation said yesterday. Marcelo, 24, has a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot, an injury which he suffered in training yesterday with the Brazilian national team, in the Polish town of Wroclaw. Marcelo played for Brazil in last Thursday's 6-0 destruction of Iraq and was scheduled to continue as left-back in Wednesday's friendly against Japan. Instead, he has returned to Madrid to be checked by the Real medical staff members.
LONDON - Manchester United's highly-rated young midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe has been charged with drink driving, Greater Manchester police confirmed yesterday. Tunnicliffe, 19, was charged with driving with excess alcohol and is due to appear in court on October 25. The charge relates to an incident which happened on Saturday when a Range Rover collided with a van. The van subsequently collided with the wall of a house and police said the front seat passenger of the Range Rover suffered a minor whiplash injury in the collision and both vehicles were badly damaged.
VILAMOURA, Portugal - A spectacular 11th hole eagle helped Ireland's Shane Lowry clinch the Portugal Masters yesterday by one shot from Ross Fisher. Lowry, lying four shots off the lead going into the closing day at the Oceanico Victoria golf course, produced his moment of magic when his approach landed a foot short of the hole and hopped in for an eagle two. He eventually signed for a 66 for a 14-under par total of 270. The 26-year-old, only is the second player after Spain's Pablo Martin to win on the tour as both an amateur and a professional, said: "I cannot believe this."
SYDNEY - Steve Noyce has been dumped from his role of chief executive by NRL club the Sydney Roosters. Noyce joined the club in 2008 having held the same role at the Wests Tigers but couldn't survive a club restructure that welcomes back former club CEO Brian Canavan as the chief operating officer (COO), football. Noyce's departure follows that of coach Brian Smith, who was axed with a year to run on his contract with the Roosters bringing in rookie coach Trent Robinson from Super League club Catalans. It follows a dismal season for the club on the field in which they finished 13th.
Fever stuns Lynx
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota - Erlana Larkins had 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Indiana Fever stunned Minnesota with a 76-70 victory over the Lynx in the opening game of the WNBA Finals yesterday. Australian Opals guard Erin Phillips scored 13 points on six of 12 shooting for the Fever, while also nabbing two steals against the reigning WNBA champions. Tamika Catchings added 20 points for the Fever, who played without leading scorer Katie Douglas because of a sprained left ankle.