NEW YORK - French world No.8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdrew yesterday from the US Open — the final grand slam of the year — due to a knee problem which has not healed since suffering the injury at Wimbledon. "Today I have to take care of me and make sure I can play 100 per cent."
MADRID - Defending champions Barcelona might have to start their Spanish soccer league campaign tomorrow without world player of the year Lionel Messi. Barca had to finish last season without the little Argentine, due to a hamstring injury, and might have to do without him again at home to Levante.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - German Andre Greipel easily won a sprint finish to the fourth stage of the Tour of the Low Countries yesterday as reigning champion Lars Boom grabbed the leader's jersey. Greipel proved a class above the competition in the run-in at the end of the 169km run from Essen to Vlijmen, finishing well clear of Italian Giacomo Nizzolo in second with Boom third.
MOSCOW - The Belgian Borlee brothers made history yesterday when all three competed in the 4x400m relay, a first for the world athletics championships. Twins Jonathan and Kevin, the 2011 world 400m bronze medallist, ran in their heat in Moscow alongside younger brother Dylan, making his world debut, and Antoine Gillet. It was the first time in the history of the world championships that three siblings had competed in the same race.
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Novak Djokovic continued his quest for a first title at the Cincinnati Masters yesterday while Roger Federer kept alive his bid for a sixth as both booked quarter-final spots. The contrast between the wins could not have been more stark, with top seed Djokovic crushing Belgian qualifier David Goffin 6-2 6-0 in well under an hour.
SYDNEY - Wests Tigers fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief after captain Robbie Farah revealed his four-year deal with the NRL club had been finalised. Farah tweeted a photo of the signed contract on Thursday night to end a long period of uncertainty since the deal was announced at the start of the season.
LONDON - Mile Jedinak has been thrust into the role of Australian flag-bearer in the English Premier League this season but he believes the lack of Socceroos in the top flight will only be temporary.
Jedinak will make his Premier League debut on Sunday when he captains Crystal Palace against Tottenham Hotspur.
LONDON, England - Cardiff City's Malaysian owner Vincent Tan yesterday admitted he hasn't ruled out changing the newly-promoted Premier League club's name.
Tan oversaw Cardiff's controversial change to a red home kit from their traditional blue last year, as well as the introduction of a new badge prominently featuring a red dragon alongside a bluebird.