SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - South Africa have recalled 2007 World Cup winners Bakkies Botha, Jaque Fourie and JP Pietersen to a 32-man squad for Tests in Wales, Scotland and France next month. Botha's inclusion was the big surprise after the veteran lock left South Africa following the 2011 World Cup to play for French club.
BANDOL, France - Former England five-eighth Jonny Wilkinson married his long-term live-in girlfriend Shelley Jenkins in a private ceremony in the southern French resort of Bandol yesterday, the local mayor reported. Wilkinson, 34, a national hero in England after clinching the 2003 World Cup with a last-gasp field goal against Australia in the final
ST LOUIS - Jonny Gomes hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning as the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the St Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Monday night, levelling the World Series at two games each. David Ortiz added three hits and also encouraged the Red Sox, shouting at his teammates from second base after a double and later gathering them for a huddle in the dugout.
PARIS - Australian Bernard Tomic's disappointing year continued yesterday with a tight three-set, first-round loss at the ATP Paris Masters. In a match that could have gone either way, Feliciano Lopez of Spain outlasted Tomic 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-1). The Australian had a better first-serve percentage for the match and committed fewer faults.
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - The LPGA Tour waived its age requirement yesterday for Lydia Ko, clearing the way for the 16-year-old from New Zealand to join the women's golf tour in 2014. Ko won't be like most LPGA Tour rookies. Having triumphed at the Canadian Open at age 15 last year to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history
TOULOUSE, France - France and Toulouse No.8 Louis Picamoles has been ruled out of a French training camp because of heavy bruising but is relieved not to have suffered a recurrence of a hip injury, he said yesterday. The 27-year-old, capped 38 times, had to go off in the ninth minute of Saturday's Top 14 clash with European champions Toulon, raising fears he had suffered the same injury.
PARIS - Welsh halfback Mike Phillips has announced plans to take legal action against Bayonne after confirming he has had his contract terminated by the French rugby club. The 31-year-old intends to issue proceedings against the Top 14 side, who are yet to officially confirm his dismissal for allegedly turning up drunk to a video analysis session on October 11.
NEW YORK - Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek says he's doing double and triple jumps in practice as he tries to come back from injury in time to defend his title in Sochi. The American tore the labrum in his left hip in a fall on a quad in training on August 21, and he doesn't know if doctors will give him the go-ahead to again attempt quads.