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SYDNEY - Tohu Harris has turned down a Contiki Tour at the Rugby League World Cup after being dumped by New Zealand to make way for superstar Sonny Bill Williams. The 21-year-old Melbourne forward was the unlucky fall guy following Williams' availability U-turn — which occurred hours after Harris had initially been selected in the 24-man touring party.
SYDNEY - Anthony Mundine and Shane Mosley say their October 23 bout in Sydney is all about working towards a showdown with American boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather. Known for his "wild talking" when promoting fights, Mundine made it clear at yesterday's media conference with 42-year-old Mosley that the lead up to their clash would be different.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Dozens of public sector workers took the latest visit by FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to the central city of Cuiaba as an opportunity to protest and demand a wage hike on Tuesday. The group, including teachers and postal workers and backed by students, invaded the pitch at the Arena Pantanal, one of the 12 venues which will host World Cup matches next year.
SHANGHAI - Australians Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic both exited the Shanghai Masters in straight sets on Tuesday. Hewitt lost 6-4 6-2 to Italian Andreas Seppi, missing out on the chance of a second round match-up against old rival and fifth seed Roger Federer.
MOSCOW - Russian authorities have been pressed for an explanation after Olympic torches produced by a missile maker and used in the relay for the Sochi Winter Games went out four times. The flame was extinguished twice on Monday — the first day of the relay — and twice on Tuesday, according to media reports and witnesses.
YAOUNDE - Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has reversed his decision to retire from international football, pledging to join up with Cameroon for next week's 2014 World Cup Africa Zone play-off in Tunisia.
Last month the record four-time winner of the African Footballer of the Year award told his Cameroon teammates he was quitting the national team.
ACCRA - Ghana have urged FIFA to move next month's 2014 World Cup Africa zone play-off against Egypt in Cairo to "a safe and secure venue" in the wake of the latest deadly clashes between Islamists and police. In a strongly-worded letter to world football's governing body the Ghana Football Association expressed "serious concern about the security and safety of our delegation and spectators if the match would be played in Egypt".
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates - South African captain Graeme Smith failed on the opening day of the three-day practice match against Pakistan's second string but four other batsmen hit half-centuries.