SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
PARIS - Roger Federer split with coach Paul Annacone on Saturday as the 17-time grand slam winner attempted to pull his career out of its worrying tailspin. Former world No.1 Federer, sitting seventh in the rankings, revealed he was calling time on his relationship with Annacone, who guided Pete Sampras during the American's glory years.
End of jinx
PARIS - Edinburgh ended a run of six successive defeats by two-time European Cup winners Munster on Saturday with a 29-23 victory over the Irish province in their opening Pool Five clash. There was more joy for Leinster, however, the three-time Cup winners battling to a 19-9 victory over Welsh region Ospreys, French champions Castres also recording a close win in the same Pool 1 with their 19-13 victory over Northampton.
ABU DHABI - Cricket's governing body launched the World Test Championship 2017 on Saturday aimed at preserving the primacy of the longer format of the game. The International Cricket Council (ICC) said the inaugural championship will be hosted by England and will feature the top four teams in the ICC Test rankings, with a total prizemoney of $US10 million.
MADRID - Real Madrid's world-record signing Gareth Bale has a "small chronic disc bulge" in his back. Madrid released the information in a statement on the club website on Saturday in response to an article published in Spanish sports daily Marca saying that Bale had a hernia in his back.
SEOUL - Neymar and Oscar scored either side of halftime to give Brazil a 2-0 win over South Korea in a football friendly on Saturday. Neymar curled home a free kick from just outside the area to put the 2014 World Cup hosts ahead in the 44th minute. Three minutes after the break, Oscar extended Brazil's lead.
LINZ, Austria - Two-time former champion Ana Ivanovic defeated Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 6-4 6-4 on Saturday to set up a final against top-seeded Angelique Kerber at the WTA event in the Austrian city of Linz. Kerber overpowered Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-2 6-0 to reach her second final of the season. The 10th-ranked German was beaten by Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in the Tokyo final two weeks ago.