CINCINNATI, Ohio - Four-time grand slam winner and former world No.1 Maria Sharapova has split with coach Jimmy Connors after just one match, the Russian star's agent said. Max Eisenbud confirmed that Sharapova and Connors — an eight-time major winner — are no longer working together after linking-up for just one event in Cincinnati.
Fifth stage win
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - French cyclist Sylvain Chavanel blitzed to victory in the fifth stage 13.2km time trial around Sittard during the Tour of the Low Countries yesterday as Dutchman Lars Boom maintained his overall lead. Omega Pharma's 34-year-old Chavanel won in 16min 04sec to pip Dutchman Tom Dumoulin and New Zealand's Jesse Sergent by just four seconds.
LONDON - Controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has returned to first-team training, British media reported yesterday. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had said the only way the Uruguay forward would be back training alongside his teammates was if he first apologised for suggesting the Reds' boss had gone back on a deal allowing him to leave.
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Juan Martin del Potro reached the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters yesterday with a hard-fought three-set win over Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov. The Argentine rallied after losing the second set to win 6-4 3-6 6-1.
MONTBELIARD, France - Lyon came from behind to beat Sochaux 3-1 in the French soccer league yesterday, scoring two goals in eight minutes to turn the match around. Sochaux narrowly avoided relegation last season but made a good start when awarded a penalty in the fourth minute after Milan Bisevac shoulder-barged Cedric Bakambu off the ball. Ryad Boudebouz confidently converted.
LONDON - Liverpool have moved to reinforce their squad on the eve of the new Premier League season by agreeing a deal to sign French left-back Aly Cissokho on loan from Valencia, according to UK media reports. Sky Sports television reported yesterday morning that the Reds had agreed to sign Cissokho on an initial season-long loan from the Spanish club.
Trial date set
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - A December 17 trial date has been set in Florida for former tennis star Jennifer Capriati in a stalking and battery case involving her ex-boyfriend. The 37-year-old Capriati is accused of punching Ivan Brannan while he worked out at a gym on Valentine's Day.
MOSCOW - Tristan Thomas and his Australian teammates could not repeat their heroics from the heat in the final of the men's 4x400m relay final at the world athletics championships yesterday in Moscow. Thomas — better known as a 400m hurdler — had run a remarkable anchor leg in the opening round, lifting Australia from fifth to second and into the final of an event where they have enjoyed a remarkable run over the past decade.