LONDON - England's Australia-born bowling coach David Saker has signed a new deal which will keep him on until the end of the 2015 English season, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Friday. The ECB's statement came less than a day after England arrived in Australia where they will look to win a fourth Ashes Test series.
In good shape
PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain - Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal is determined to "arrive in good shape" for his final two tournaments of 2013: next week's Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals in London. "If I don't win anything else, I'll go home with a great feeling because it's been an unforgettable year for me. No doubt one of the best of my career," Nadal said.
MADRID - Valladolid cruised to a 3-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano on Friday for its second win of the season through 10 rounds of the Spanish league.
Valladolid's pressure frustrated Rayo's normally energetic attack while its forwards took full advantage of the their few scoring opportunities.
First big game
BERLIN - Nuremberg drew 1-1 at Stuttgart on Friday in Gertjan Verbeek's first game in charge of the relegation-threatened Bundesliga team.
The Dutchman's tenure got off to a poor start when referee Guido Winkmann awarded a penalty within two minutes for Niklas Stark's clumsy challenge on Alexandru Maxim.
LOS ANGELES - Andrew Bogut says it is about time an NBA game was played in Australia.
The Melbourne-born centre's Golden State Warriors just returned from two pre-season games in China against the Los Angeles Lakers. In past years NBA teams have played in Africa, Brazil, China, Germany, Spain, France, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Turkey, but Australia has been snubbed
Lille moves up
PARIS - A first half strike from Nolan Roux ensured that Lille moved second in Ligue 1 on Friday with a 1-0 win at Nantes as French football braces itself for a strike over a controversial supertax.
Lille have 23 points from 11 games, just one point behind leaders Paris Saint Germain who will look to consolidate their advantage at Saint Etienne on Sunday.
PARIS - Croatia's Marin Cilic has had his suspension for doping reduced from nine months to four by the Court of Arbitration in Sport, the Internatiolnal Tennis Federation announced on Friday.
Cilic, 24, currently ranked 47th by the ATP, tested positive for the stimulant nikethamide at the Munich Open in May and was banned by an independent tribunal in September.
GREATER NOIDA, India - Champion-elect Sebastian Vettel set a record-breaking pace in Indian Grand Prix free practice on Friday as the troubled race got the go-ahead when a court challenge was postponed.
The 26-year-old has insisted he's in no rush to wrap up the title but he was setting new quickest laps in both practice runs.