PARIS - Toulouse inflicted a 2-1 come-from-behind defeat on high-flying Saint Etienne yesterday, the first win of their campaign. League Cup holders St Etienne turned up at the Pyrenean city on a high with victory assuring them of the Ligue 1 lead, yet until Monaco's visit to Paris Saint Germain today.
LJUBLJANA - Two years after Spain broke their hearts in the final, France dethroned the two-time European champions yesterday and will meet Lithuania in the 2013 EuroBasket final. France's superstar Tony Parker scored 32 points and Antoine Diot scored 10, including four free throws in the final 23 seconds, as France beat Spain 75-72 in overtime.
WELLINGTON - Oracle Team USA cruised to an 1min 24sec win over Team New Zealand in light airs on San Francisco Bay, leaving the Kiwis still stranded on eight wins in the best-of-17 series. Winds at both ends of the spectrum are conspiring to frustrate Team NZ as they hunt a decisive ninth America's Cup victory.
TURIN, Italy - Home favourite Francesco Molinari carded a second round 67 to grab a share of the lead on nine-under par at the Italian Open golf yesterday. The Turin-born 30-year-old, a winner of the event in 2006, heads into the third round on top of the leaderboard alongside Chile's Felipe Aguilar and Simon Thornton of Ireland.
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Former Brazil coach Mano Menezes has resigned from Flamengo less than four months after joining the popular Brazilian club, saying he was not able to get the players to follow his methods. Menezes' surprise announcement came after Flamengo relinquished a two-goal lead in a 4-2 loss to Atletico Paranaense at the Maracana Stadium on Thursday.
BANDUNG, Indonesia - Central Coast Mariners have won their opening match of an eight-team invitational competition in Sumatra as part of the final preparations for defence of their A-League title. The 2-0 victory over Indonesian Super League champions Sriwijaya FC came through a header from Matthew Simons in the 36th minute and Nick Fitzgerald's 80th minute strike.
NYON, Switzerland - UEFA is withholding Champions League and Europa League prize money from six clubs over unpaid debts. UEFA said yesterday the clubs are: Astra Ploiesti, Metalurg Donetsk, Hajduk Split, HSK Zrinjski, Skonto Riga and Trabzonspor. A further 25 clubs, which UEFA did not name, must also provide further information about apparent financial problems.
Yates on top
LONDON - Up-and-coming British rider Simon Yates won the Tour of Britain's first 'mountain' stage as he crossed the line in front on Haytor Rocks in Dartmoor, southwest England, yesterday. Yates burst clear in the closing stages of a 137km sixth stage to win from Sky Pro Cycling's David Lopez with Martin Elmiger of IAM finishing third.