WALES boss Warren Gatland has named three uncapped players in a 35-man squad for next month's rugby union Tests against South Africa, Argentina, Tonga and Australia. Ospreys wing Eli Walker, Cardiff Blues centre Cory Allen and Scarlets scrum-half Rhodri Williams have all been selected. Scrum-half Mike Phillips is in doubt.
Football legend Diego Maradona defended himself after making an obscene gesture on television against Italy's tax agency which staged he owed the state 39 million euros ($F97.81m). "There was a misunderstanding, I did not mean to offend. I only want justice," Maradona said. This gesture caused outrage — even from Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
Scotland coach Scott Johnson included five uncapped players in a 41-man training squad for next month's Tests at home to Japan, South Africa and Australia. Glasgow trio Mark Bennett, Jonny Gray and Chris Fusaro, London Irish back-row pair Kieran Low and Blair Cowan are the five uncapped players in the squad.
Cristiano Ronaldo said the best medicine for ailing teammate Gareth Bale was to leave him alone. Ronaldo said; "Gareth Bale is doing well. It's better to leave him alone and do pressure on other players," he said. Bale has had two muscle injuries since his record transfer. Ronaldo said Bale would "do well for the club."
Serena Williams crushed one of the few women to have beaten her in the past 15 months as she began her defence of the WTA Championships in Istanbul with an impressive win on Tuesday. The world No.1 from the US took little more than an hour and allowed only four games to Angelique Kerber, who beat her in Cincinnati last year but this time was outplayed almost from the moment she dropped serve in her opening service game.
Root earns ECB
Batsman Joe Root was the new addition when the England and Wales Cricket Board announced their 11 centrally contracted players for 2013/14 on Tuesday. Root, 22, featured throughout England's recent 3-0 home Ashes series win and scored a Test-best 180 in his side's crushing 347-run win over Australia in the second match of the series at Lord's in July.
Celtic recorded a crucial and highly deserved first win of the Champions League group stage to move above Ajax. A finely balanced first half ended with James Forrest showing great composure to score from the penalty spot. Beram Kayal got what proved to be the winner with a deflected shot in a second half controlled by the hosts.
Daniel Hourcade has been named as the new Argentina head coach following the resignation of Santiago Phelan. Hourcade steps up from the Argentina B team and will lead the Pumas in their November internationals against England, Wales and Italy. The Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) hopes Hourcade will stay on until the 2015 World Cup. Phelan, 39, resigned earlier this week after five and a half years in charge.