SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
MADRID - Barcelona welcomed new manager Gerardo Martino with a stunning display in his first competitive match in charge as they hammered Levante 7-0 at the Camp Nou on Sunday in the Spanish soccer league. The champions showed no early-season rust, ripping the visitors apart with goals from Alexis Sanchez, Lionel Messi (2), Dani Alves, Pedro and Xavi for a 6-0 halftime lead.
ROME - Carlos Tevez marked his Juventus debut with a goal as the Serie A champions thrashed Lazio 4-0 in the Italian Super Cup on Sunday. Tevez, who ended his controversial stay at Manchester City in the close season, scored the fourth and final goal of the game in the 56th minute.
BERLIN - Midfielders Marco Reus and Jonas Hofmann's late goals sealed Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 home win over Eintracht Braunschweig to leave the Champions League runners-up top of the Bundesliga on Sunday. The 21-year-old Hofmann grabbed the limelight from Dortmund's record-signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who made his debut after costing 27.5 million euros ($F68 million) from Shakhtar Donetsk, when he broke the deadlock seven minutes after coming on.
Duo in squad
LONDON - England have included the uncapped duo of all-rounder Chris Woakes and left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan in a 14-man squad for the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. Woakes, already a one-day international, was brought in after pace bowling all-rounder Tim Bresnan, who starred with bat and ball in England's 74-run fourth Test win over Australia at Chester-le-Street, was ruled out for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back.
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Victoria Azarenka toppled world number one Serena Williams 2-6 6-2 7-6 (8/6) on Sunday to win the Cincinnati WTA title and signal her US Open intentions. The two and a half-hour epic featured multiple momentum shifts after Azarenka, the second seed from Belarus, began the afternoon with two double faults.
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Rafael Nadal defeated John Isner in straight sets on Sunday to win the Cincinnati Masters and secure his return to No.2 in the world. The 7-6 (10-8) 7-6 (7-3) success marks the first time in his career that Nadal has won back-to-back hardcourt titles.
He had never even reached the finals in Cincinnati.
AUCKLAND - Penrith rediscovered their attacking bite as they came from behind to down the Warriors 28-24 in Auckland and keep their NRL play-off hopes alive. The offensive edge was epitomised by the clinical finishing of wingers Dave Simmons and Josh Mansour.
SYDNEY - Outstanding Wallabies openside flanker Michael Hooper has signed a new three-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union and NSW Waratahs through to the end of 2016. Twenty one-year-old Hooper won the Wallabies' award as their best player in Saturday's Bledisloe Cup Test loss, when he competed well with All Blacks legend Richie McCaw.