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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

McKibbin called

CARDIFF - NSW Waratahs halfback Brendan McKibbin has been summoned to join the Wallabies squad for the final Test of their European tour against Wales. The uncapped McKibbin's call came after Brett Sheehan was ruled out of contention for Sunday's Test in Cardiff because of the ankle injury he suffered in the 22-19 win against Italy at the weekend. He is likely to fill a bench spot with Nick Phipps set to resume the starting halfback role. Sheehan is to undergo an MRI scan with fears he has an ankle syndesmosis injury. A post-game X-ray cleared Sheehan of any broken bones and he has travelled to Wales with the squad but will be unable to play.

Freakish Messi

MADRID - Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona won 4-0 at Levante yesterday to remain three points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga. Messi's goals were both laid on by Andres Iniesta, who also hit the target himself before supplying Cesc Fabregas for the fourth. The Argentine's brace means he now has 82 goals in 2012, just six short of German legend Gerd Mueller's all-time calendar record set in 1972. He also tops the La Liga charts for the season with 19 goals. Atletico had earlier beaten Sevilla 4-0 to keep pace at the top and go eight points ahead of city rivals Real Madrid in third who had lost 1-0 at Betis.

Hooker cited

LONDON - New Zealand hooker Andrew Hore has been cited by the International Rugby Board (IRB) for allegedly punching Wales lock Bradley Davies during the All Blacks' 33-10 win in Cardiff on Sunday. Hore appeared to catch Davies with a punch from behind in the game's early stages and the Cardiff Blues forward later went to hospital for precautionary examinations. "Andrew Hore, hooker for New Zealand, has been cited by the IRB's independent Citing Commissioner for allegedly striking an opponent during the match between Wales and New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday," said a statement.

Vettel wins

SAO PAULO - Sebastian Vettel became the youngest triple champion in Formula One history yesterday when he finished sixth behind the victorious Jenson Button in a tumultuous Brazilian Grand Prix. The 25-year-old German, who was involved in an opening lap collision, made light of the damage to his Red Bull car as he fought through the field in a dramatic race run in treacherous rain-swept conditions at the Interlagos circuit. Vettel's only title rival Fernnando Alonso finished a fine second after a courageous drive for Ferrari, but it was not enough to overhaul a pre-race 13-points deficit as his German rival won the crown by just three points.

Swansea held

SWANSEA, Wales - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers endured a frustrating return to Swansea with the teams drawing 0-0 in the Premier League yesterday. Liverpool had Jose Enrique's first-half strike ruled out for offside and teammate Raheem Sterling hit the crossbar in south Wales. Pablo Hernandez had Swansea's best chances, with the Spain winger curling narrowly wide before having a low free kick pushed wide by goalkeeper Pepe Reina. The draw extended Liverpool's unbeaten run to eight league matches but Michael Laudrup's Swansea still has one point more than its 11th-place opponents.


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