MELBOURNE - The Matildas have been outclassed 4-0 by the United States in a women's soccer friendly international in Texas. Reigning FIFA women's world player of the year Abby Wambach was among four goalscorers for the world No.1-ranked US outfit in the match at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
ROME - Serie A strugglers Catania announced the sacking of coach Rolando Maran and the appointment of successor Luigi Di Canio yesterday. The news came a day after Catania, 17th in Italian soccer's top flight, fell 2-1 to Cagliari after playing the second half with 10 men. It also comes less than six months after Maran, 50, led the Sicilian side to eighth place for their best finish on 56 points.
HAWASSA, Ethiopia - The sun had barely risen but the cool morning air was buzzing with excitement: 350 participants had gathered in Ethiopia, the land of runners, for the country's first international marathon. Sunday's race, organised by athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie, drew 150 elite Ethiopian athletes and about 150 foreign "fun runners".
MOSCOW - Samantha Stosur has gone down in Kremlin Cup final as Romania's Simona Halep continued her superb year to beat the Australian 7-6 (7-1) 6-2. Meanwhile, top-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet battled back from a set down to win his third title of the year, beating Kazakhstan qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin at the tournament in Moscow yesterday.
PARIS - Patrice Evra has been summoned by France coach Didier Deschamps and the French Football Federation's president to explain comments he made during a television interview. In an interview with Telefoot aired yesterday, Evra criticised commentators in the French media - including former France left back Bixente Lizarazu — calling them "tramps" and "parasites" and claiming they had tried to turn public opinion against him.
DUBAI - Short course specialist Kenneth To set a new Australian record in the 100m individual medley yesterday to take gold at the FINA World Cup swim meet in Doha. A silver medallist in the event at the 2012 world championships, To hit the wall in 51.19 from Russian Vladimir Morozov (51.49) and Trinidad and Tobago swimmer George Bovell (51.87).
LUXEMBOURG - Caroline Wozniacki claimed her first tennis title in a year at the Luxembourg Open yesterday as the top-seeded Dane defeated German teenager Annika Beck 6-2 6-2. Wozniacki's triumph came on a weekend when boyfriend Rory McIlroy finished second in the Kolon Korean Open.
BOSTON - Shane Victorino clubbed a grand slam in the seventh inning to lift Boston to a 5-2 victory over Detroit, sending the Red Sox to their first MLB World Series since 2007. Boston, which also reached the World Series in 2004, will face the St Louis Cardinals beginning on Thursday at Fenway Park.