CANBERRA - Veteran NRL coach Brian Smith has welcomed a new challenge in a different code after signing to assist Super Rugby's Brumbies with their defence. The move by Brumbies coach Jake White to hire Smith for the 2013 season follows his earlier attempt to get the part-time services of Newcastle skipper Danny Buderus which was blocked by the NRL. Smith was out of work in the NRL after being axed by the Sydney Roosters following last season.
MILAN, Italy - Lazio were lucky to escape with a share of the points from a lacklustre scoreless draw away to Bologna which left them three points behind third-placed Napoli yesterday in Italian soccer's Serie A. Lazio went into the match unbeaten in their past four starts and with a clean sheet in three of those games away. But their bid to edge closer to the top three and pull three points clear of city rivals Roma were undone by an enterprising Bologna side who dominated the second-half and were unlucky not to secure all three points.
Real blanks Rayo
MADRID - Goals by Franco Zuculini and Antonio Galdeano gave Real Zaragoza a 2-0 win at Rayo Vallecano yesterday in the Spanish soccer league. Midfielder Jose Maria Movilla pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area and, having drawn goalkeeper David Cobeno out, deftly crossed the ball for Zuculini to slot it into the net in the 21st minute. Zaragoza enjoyed greater possession in the second-half.
Hall of fame
SYRACUSE, New York - Arturo "Thunder" Gatti didn't live to see his finest day. Gatti, who won world championships in two different weight classes, heads the class of 2013 to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The honour, announced yesterday, comes after his untimely death in 2009. Also selected for induction was Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill, a five-time world champion who won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics and defended his light heavyweight title 20 times over his two reigns.