CANBERRA - Brumbies coach Jake White has reportedly quit with two years still left on his contract at the Super Rugby club. White asked for a release on Wednesday, according to News Limited, and the franchise are expected to grant his wish despite him being signed with the Canberra-based side until the end of the 2015 season.
PALERMO, Sicily - Former World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso was fired as coach of Serie B club Palermo yesterday following a string of poor results. "Unfortunately for both me and him, we might have taken too big of a step for his first experience as manager," Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini said. "The results have shown that we were wrong."
ANKARA - Turkish police have made 20 arrests and are looking for another 20 people following the pitch invasion that caused the abandonment of Sunday's Istanbul football derby between bitter rivals Galatasaray and Besiktas. The fans invaded the pitch, throwing seats at tear gas-firing police, with Besiktas losing 2-1 and time almost up, the private NTV television reported.
BERLIN - Holders Bayern Munich made light work of Hannover 96 with a 4-1 victory yesterday to put them into the last 16 of the German Cup. Thomas Mueller grabbed a brace while Claudio Pizarro and Franck Ribery also found the net in a comprehensive victory for last season's treble winners.
FLORENCE, Italy - Tony Martin of Germany won his third-straight title in the individual time trial at the road cycling world championships with a dominating performance yesterday, while Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins finished a distant second. Martin completed the nearly entirely flat 57.2-kilometre route in 1 hour, 5 minutes, 36.65 seconds.
CAPBRETON, France - Sally Fitzgibbons won the women's world tour event in France yesterday, defeating fellow Australian Tyler Wright in the final. The win, Fitzgibbons' first event victory of the year in the penultimate event, came on a day of outstanding surfing from the 22-year-old in which she grabbed a perfect 10 and claimed the final 17.67 to 17.00.
KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysian motorcycle racer died yesterday from injuries suffered in a weekend crash at the country's Sepang circuit that also killed a race marshal just ahead of next month's Malaysian Grand Prix. The circuit said in a statement that rider Mohamad Izzat Mohamad Abdul had succumbed to multiple head injuries during a practice round for the Malaysian Super Series bike competition.
du Preez back
JOHANNESBURG - Fourie du Preez will end a 23-month absence from the Springboks starting line-up when he faces Australia on Saturday in the Rugby Championship. The 31-year-old scrum-half replaces Ruan Pienaar for the penultimate-round southern hemisphere championship match at Newlands in Cape Town.