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ROME - Brazilian midfielder Kaka has completed a return to AC Milan on a two-year contract after the Serie A side agreed to a deal with Real Madrid the Italian club confirmed on Monday. According to the Italian press Real allowed the 31-year-old to return to his former club on a free transfer having paid 65 million euros ($F163.11m) to bring Kaka to Madrid in 2009. I'm going home! the player told journalists at a Madrid airport before boarding a flight to Milan where he landed shortly after Monday lunchtime. The Brazilian was said to have taken a significant pay cut to facilitate his move to the San Siro accepting an annual salary of 4m euros ($F10.64m) plus bonuses a considerable reduction from the 10m euros ($F25.09m) a year he received in Madrid.
Rain halts play
NEW YORK - Rain has stopped play at the US Open with two women's fourth-round matches interrupted by showers. Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova led American Alison Riske 6-3 4-4 and Italy's Flavia Pennetta led Romanian Simona Halep 6-2 4-5 when the storm struck, Halep reaching set point in the 10th game by winning as the first drops poured down. Italy's 10th-seeded Roberta Vinci finished just ahead of the downpour, eliminating compatriot and qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-4 6-2.
Wade eyes recall
EDINBURGH - Matthew Wade won't be letting thoughts of the vacant No.6 Test batsman spot distract him from his one-day wicketkeeping duties for Australia. Wade was only member of Australia's Ashes squad not to play a Test in the recent series loss to England as a back-up to first-choice gloveman Brad Haddin. The 25-year-old was reportedly considered as a specialist batsman for the fifth Test at the Oval before selectors eventually opted for James Faulkner as an all-rounder. "I don't think I'll play as a batter in the Test team for a little while. There are guys in there that have nailed their spot down but if I get the opportunity to play, no doubt I'd take it," Wade told AAP.
Turner for Reds
BRISBANE - Sidelined Wallabies speedster Lachie Turner has left the NSW Waratahs to sign with the Queensland Reds for the next two Super Rugby seasons. The Reds have swooped on Turner to bolster their wing stocks after losing Digby Ioane to French club Stade Francais and Luke Morahan to the Western Force. The 15-Test flyer is seen as one of the best finishers in the code but has been hampered by serious leg injuries in the past two seasons. "Lachie is a very good addition for the Reds and provides balance to our squad list," said Reds coach Richard Graham.
SYDNEY - Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen will miss the Sharks' final NRL game of the regular season after accepting a one-match ban for his crusher tackle on North Queensland's Scott Bolton. Gallen opted to take the early guilty plea on Tuesday after being slapped a grade one dangerous contact — unnecessary head/neck pressure charge for the incident in Sunday's match against the Cowboys. The suspension rules the NSW and Australian Test lock out for Sunday's away clash with Canberra. He will be available for the Sharks' opening finals encounter next weekend. "A replacement for Gallen will be named when the Sharks team to play the Raiders is announced by coach Shane Flanagan," the club said in a statement on their website.