SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
Set to retire
SYDNEY - Veteran centre Matt Cooper is set to announce his retirement from the NRL after 243 games for St George Illawarra. Cooper is off contract at the end of the season and is expected to announce his retirement at a press conference with Dragons chief executive Peter Doust and coach Steve Price today.
LONDON - Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is planning a return to the track ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics, he told a British newspaper in an interview published yesterday. Wiggins made history last year when he became the first ever Briton to win the sport's greatest stage race.
TEAHUPO'O, Tahititeran - Australian surfer Adrian Buchan, from NSW's Central Coast has won just two titles in eight years on the world surf tour but each time he beat the sport's greatest athlete Kelly Slatter. Buchan shocked 11-time world champion Slater in a thrilling finale in Tahiti on Monday.
LONDON, England - Everton confirmed they have turned down bids from Manchester United for two of their players, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. "Everton can confirm that it has received bids from Manchester United for two players. Those bids were rejected out of hand as derisory and insulting," a club statement said.
LONDON - Michael Carberry is in line for a Twenty20 international debut against Australia after being included in England's 13-man squad announced yesterday. Carberry, who won his lone Test cap in 2010 impressed selectors with an unbeaten century for Hampshire in their domestic Twenty20 quarter-final win over Lancashire.
LONDON - Troubled England spinner Monty Panesar apologised for letting Sussex down and said he was quitting the south-coast county. The 31-year-old left-armer was fined by police for urinating on bouncers after he was ejected from a Brighton nightclub on August 5.