TORONTO, Canada - Canada booked their 2015 Rugby World Cup berth yesterday with a 13-11 victory over the United States. The Canadians had captured the first leg in the two-game aggregate series by 27-9 last weekend at Charleston, South Carolina, and so came into the home contest poised to secure their berth in the England in two years.
MADRID - World player of the year Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's trip to Malaga today due to a thigh injury, the club have confirmed. The Argentine was taken off at halftime in Barca's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the first-leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday and won't travel with his teammates to Andalusia.
LONDON, England - Players and officials from English Premiership club Worcester escaped unharmed yesterday after their team bus caught fire on the way to a friendly match against Welsh side Ospreys. The incident happened on the M5 motorway in southwest England, as Worcester were travelling towards south Wales.
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Simona Halep upset defending champion Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-2 yesterday to win the New Haven Open, the final WTA tuneup for next week's US Open. The 21-year-old Halep broke the 2011 Wimbledon champion on four consecutive service games. The first break gave her a 3-2 lead in the first set. The fourth put her up 3-0 in the second as she took complete control of the match.
BERLIN - Defending champion Bayern Munich ground out a hard-fought 2-0 win over Nuremberg to maintain its winning start to the Bundesliga yesterday. Franck Ribery met Philipp Lahm's cross with a fine header to break the deadlock in the 69th, and Arjen Robben sealed the result when he eluded three defenders and scored through the goalkeeper's legs in the 78th.
TRIER, Germany - Spain's Dani Sordo seized the lead in the Rally of Germany yesterday but the race was overshadowed by a fatal accident which left two competitors dead. Organisers cancelled the final stage of the day when two Dutch drivers, taking part in a support race to the main world championship event, died after their vehicle was involved in a heavy crash.
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina - Frenchman Gael Monfils fell victim to an abdominal muscle injury and retired from the ATP Winston-Salem final handing Austrian Jurgen Melzer the crown. Melzer was leading 6-3 2-1 — and was up a break in the second set — when Monfils called it quits after consulting with a trainer.
PARIS - Marseille continued their excellent start to the Ligue 1 season yesterday with a hard-earned win at Valenciennes, but Lyon completed a miserable week by suffering a shock home loss to Reims. A late goal from Andre-Pierre Gignac gave OM a 1-0 win in France's far north before Lyon lost to Reims by the same scoreline at the Stade de Gerland in a game interrupted for more than half an hour by torrential rain.