BEIJING - Australia's Marinko Matosevic has set up a clash with world No.4 David Ferrer at the China Open in Beijing after winning his first-round match on Tuesday. Matosevic beat Julien Benneteau 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 just two days after the in-form Frenchman lost the Malaysian Open final in three sets to Portugal's Joao Sousa.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Serbian tennis player Victor Troicki will appear at sport's highest court next week to challenge his 18-month ban for skipping a doping test. Troicki said yesterday he is "confident" ahead of his appeal hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on October 9.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Veteran centre Felipe Contepomi has been recalled as one of two changes to Argetina's lineup for Saturday's Rugby Championship test against the struggling Wallabies. Coach Santiago Phelan announced the backline changes on Tuesday, with Contepomi replacing Santiago Fernandez and Horacio Agulla coming in for Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.
ZURICH - Cape Verde will not be reinstated in the World Cup after FIFA dismissed the tiny African nation's appeal in an ineligible player case. FIFA says it informed the Cape Verdean Football Association yesterday of the ruling which confirms Tunisia's place in the qualifying playoffs. Tunisia will face Cameroon in a two-leg playoff on October 11 and November 15.
LONDON - Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will not face retrospective disciplinary action for scratching the face of Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen. The FA said it cannot take action against the Spanish international over the incident because "one of the match officials saw the coming together of the two players, albeit not in its entirety."
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Greg Norman has spoken out about his axing as International team captain for the Presidents Cup with sponsor conflicts a mooted factor. Norman captained the Internationals to losses against Fred Couples' American side in 2009 (San Francisco) and 2011 (Melbourne) and was expecting to square off again this week at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio.
BUENOS AIRES - Former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian of Argentina has announced his retirement from professional tennis due to a shoulder injury. During a 13-year career, he spent five consecutive seasons in the top 10, reaching as high as No.3 in 2006.
BEIJING - Top seed Serena Williams stumbled her way into the third round of the China Open on Tuesday while men's favourites Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal powered through their opening matches. The world number one Williams at times appeared agitated during her 6-4 7-5 victory over Italian Francesca Schiavone, shouting at herself over lost points.