SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
BARCELONA - Villarreal used a quick goal and Ruben "Cani" Gracia's playmaking to earn a hard-fought 2-1 win at home over Espanyol yesterday, keeping the promoted side undefeated through six rounds in the Spanish league. Villarreal stayed in fourth place and two points behind third-place Real Madrid.
NEW YORK - Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said yesterday that he will resign in January 2015, ending a reign of more than 20 years that began as an interim boss in 1992. Selig had already said two years ago that the 2014 season would be his last in charge, but gave details about his farewell and the process to name a successor.
ZURICH, Switzerland - FIFA has suspended Jamaican player Jermaine Hue for nine months after he tested positive for a banned substance at a World Cup qualifying match. FIFA says team doctor Carlton Fraser is banned from football for four years for administering the drug, dexamethasone. Hue, a 35-year-old midfielder, tested positive on June 11.
ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Cricket Board has retained Misbah-ul-Haq as captain for next month's Test series against South Africa and batsman Umar Amin as skipper for a three-day warm-up against the Parrots. The PCB says in a statement yesterday that Misbah will lead the test team, but the full test squad will be announced later.
BANGKOKP - Australians Bernard Tomic and Marinko Matosevic have both crashed out of the Thailand Open in second-round matches. Frenchman Gilles Simon won the 300th match of his career with the 6-4 7-5 win over Tomic, while Matosevic fought all the way before going down 7-6 4-6 6-4 to Canada's third seed, Milos Raonic.
In fifth spot
PARIS - Rennes moved into fifth place in the French league after securing a 0-0 draw away to a wasteful Montpellier side yesterdayy. Rennes moved ahead of Saint-Etienne on goal difference, fortunate to get a point as Montpellier missed several scoring chances in drawing for the fifth time in seven games. Montpellier are in 13th place.
GLASGOW - Former European Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson admits he is relishing being back in the spotlight after earning a share of the first round lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship yesterday. Wilson carded an eight-under-par first round of 64 at Kingsbarns, one of the three courses used for the pro-am event, to claim joint top spot.
MILAN, Italy - Inter Milan came from behind to beat Fiorentina 2-1 in an entertaining match in the Italian league yesterday and stay in touch with leader Roma. Giuseppe Rossi continued his fine run of form since returning from injury, scoring from the penalty spot on the hour mark to take his tally to six goals in seven matches. Joaquin had been fouled by Juan Jesus.