SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
ISLAMABAD - The legal tussle rocking the Pakistan Cricket Board took another dramatic twist yesterday as the interim chairman was suspended by a court order, only to be reinstated two hours later. A judge at Islamabad High Court suspended Najam Sethi for not obeying a legal order to elect a permanent chairman for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by October 18.
LONDON - Scotland winger Tim Visser is expected to be sidelined for up to four months after revealing yesterday he has sustained a broken leg. The Dutch-born three-quarter, 26, picked up the injury during Edinburgh's victory over Treviso in the Celtic League on Friday and had to be stretchered off.
SAO PAULO, Brazil - FIFA will delay the start of the next phase of World Cup ticket sales with more than six million requests made during the first stage. FIFA said yesterday it needed "to ensure the Brazilian authorities' involvement in supervising the procedures for the allocation of tickets following the first sales period."
LONDON - England lock Geoff Parling has been ruled out of Saturday's rugby Test against Australia at Twickenham with concussion, team management announced. Parling was concussed during a training session at England's training base in Bagshot, south-west of London, earlier yesterday and will now follow the standard procedure for players who've suffered head injuries.
PARIS - France's Richard Gasquet needed five match points to beat Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-5 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters and boost his hopes of qualifying for the end of season World Tour Finals. The Frenchman and Verdasco traded blows for 2hrs 40mins, in front of a raucous Parisian crowd.
LONDON - With his playing career over, former England captain David Beckham has decided his next move: starting a Major League Soccer team in Miami. Since leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy, and retiring from the game after a subsequent five-month stint at Paris Saint-Germain, Beckham has been mulling over the location for his MLS franchise.
SOFIA - Ana Ivanovic and Simona Halep cruised to straight-set victories in Sofia yesterday in their opening round-robin matches at the season-ending Tournament of Champions. Top-seeded Halep defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 6-3 in the Serdika group, while the other tournament favourite, Ivanovic, routed Tsvetana Pironkova 6-0 6-2.
MADRIDP - Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has labelled FIFA president Sepp Blatter's comments on Cristiano Ronaldo's demeanour on the field as disrespectful. The 77-year-old described the Portuguese as being "like a commander on the pitch" and joked he spent more money on his hairstyle than Barcelona rival Lionel Messi in an audience with Oxford University students last week.