SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
PARIS - Paris Saint-Germain will be without their captain Thiago Silva for an undisclosed period after the Brazilian defender limped out of Sunday's clash against Monaco with a thigh injury. "The MRI test carried out on Thiago Silva confirmed a muscle tear in the left thigh," read a statement on the club website on Monday.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - South Africa's medical team is hopeful that starters Flip van der Merwe and JJ Engelbrecht can overcome niggling injuries ahead of Saturday's Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies. Lock Van der Merwe has a hamstring injury and centre Engelbrecht a thigh problem, the South African Rugby Union said on Monday. Reserve prop Gurthro Steenkamp is also struggling with a shoulder knock.
MILAN - Mario Balotelli has been banned for three matches following a confrontation with the referee after AC Milan's loss to Napoli. Balotelli, who missed a penalty and scored in Sunday's match, was shown a second yellow card after the final whistle for his protests. The Italy striker will miss the next three matches for making "insulting and intimidating comments" towards the referee.
LONDON - Buoyed by Luis Suarez's return, Liverpool will visit Manchester United in the League Cup on Wednesday eager to inflict more misery on a team reeling from a brutal derby defeat. Sunday's 4-1 loss at Manchester City completed United's worst season start in nine years and prompted renewed scrutiny of new manager David Moyes.
AUCKLAND - English rugby league star Sam Tomkins is on his way to the Warriors after what is believed to be a world record transfer fee. The Warriors have paid Wigan a transfer fee thought to be about STG700, 000 ($F2.07 million) for a three-year deal, the two teams announced overnight. It is thought the 24-year-old fullback will be the highest-paid English player.
100 at No.1
LONDON - Novak Djokovic is marking his 100th week at No.1 in the ATP rankings. The 26-year-old Serb is the ninth player to reach the milestone, joining Andre Agassi (101 weeks), Rafael Nadal (102), Bjorn Borg (109), John McEnroe (170), Jimmy Connors (268), Ivan Lendl (270), Pete Sampras (286) and Roger Federer (302). Djokovic reached No.1 in July 2011.
SYDNEY - Brett Stewart has given the strongest indication yet he will be right to play in Friday night's NRL preliminary final after taking part in Manly's first training session of the week on Tuesday. While Anthony Watmough watched on as he rested his injured knee, Stewart ran at three-quarter pace through a series of running drills with the remainder of the squad.
LONDON - Controversial spinner Monty Panesar was given a chance to revive his England career after being named on Monday in a 17-man squad for the forthcoming Ashes tour of Australia.