SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
LONDON - Celtic's dreams of a domestic treble were dashed yesterday when they were stunned 1-0 by second-tier strugglers Morton in the third round of Scottish soccer's League Cup. With no score after 90 minutes at Celtic Park, visitors Morton were awarded a penalty early in extra time for a handball by Celtic defender Efe Ambrose.
PARIS - Paris Saint-Germain yesterday announced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has extended his contract, tying him to the club until 2016. The Swede, whose existing deal was due to expire in the summer of 2015, is now set to stay at the Parc des Princes until near his 35th birthday.
CHICAGO - For the first time since 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to the Major League Baseball play-offs. The Pirates clinched a post-season trip with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, combined with a Washington loss at St. Louis, also ending a futility streak of 21 consecutive losing seasons.
One match ban
BERLIN - Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has been handed a one match ban by European football's governing body UEFA following his "pathetic" antics during the 2-1 Champions League defeat at Napoli. The explosive 46-year-old manager will have to watch next Tuesday's home European group tie to French runners-up Marseille from the stands.
MANCHESTER, England - Manchester United manager David Moyes expects to be without striker Robin van Persie for the League Cup third-round tie with Liverpool at Old Trafford today. The Dutch international has been nursing a groin injury he suffered in training recently which forced him to miss United's shock 4-1 defeat by Manchester City in a dramatic derby encounter last weekend.
LONDON - England's Manu Tuilagi is a serious doubt for next month's Test match against the Wallabies after Leicester boss Richard Cockerill revealed the powerful centre has suffered a suspected torn pectoral muscle. Tuilagi sustained the injury in the Tigers' 31-6 victory over Newcastle in the English Premiership, his first outing since starring for the British and Irish Lions in their successful tour of Australia over the summer.
FLORENCE, Italy - Ellen van Dijk of the Netherlands dominated the women's time trial to win her second gold medal at this year's road cycling world championships yesterday. The time trial specialist, who was the pre-race favourite, posted a time of 27 minutes, 48.18 seconds, beating Linda Villumsen of New Zealand by 24.10 seconds.
MADRID - Barcelona extended their 100 per cent league record to six games with a 4-1 win over Real Sociedad yesterday as Atletico Madrid also maintained their perfect start to Spanish soccer's La Liga season. Neymar scored his first league goal in Spanish football as Barca turned in arguably their best performance so far under new boss Gerardo Martino.