SYDNEY - French star William Gallas admits it only took Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards half an hour to convince him he should move to Australia and join his A-League club. The former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham defender will link up with the Glory as their international marquee next month after agreeing to a one-year deal last week.
BERLIN - Jurgen Klopp has signed a two-year extension with Borussia Dortmund, keeping him tied down until 2018, the Bundesliga club said yesterday. The 46-year-old's previous contract was due to run out in June 2016. His assistants Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz also had their contracts extended.
BEIJING - Veteran Peter Ebdon left Australia's snooker world No.1 Neil Robertson reeling after producing a heavy-scoring display to reach the quarter-finals of the International Championship in China. Former world champion Ebdon edged a tight deciding frame to topple Robertson 6-5 and set up a clash with in-form Ding Junhui Junhui, who is targeting his third successive major ranking title.
WELLINGTON - The All Blacks will field an experimental team underpinned by two greats when they play their first official Test on Japanese soil. Captain Richie McCaw and first five-eighth Dan Carter provide the experience at Tokyo's Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium but none of the rest starting against Japan have played more than 30 Tests.
SOFIA - Samantha Stosur began her WTA Tournament of Champions campaign in style with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Elena Vesnina in Sofia. The Australian world No.19 needed just 75 minutes to level her career head-to-head with the Russian at 2-2. The win puts Stosur alongside Serbian Ana Ivanovic atop their group in the round robin competition.
LONDON - In-form Wallabies lock Rob Simmons has been scratched from this weekend's Test against England and is in doubt for the rest of the grand slam tour with a knee injury. In a blow to Australia's hopes of winning at Twickenham on Sunday morning, Simmons re-aggravated a medial ligament strain at training on Tuesday afternoon.
NYON, Switzerland - CSKA Moscow's punishment for fans racially abusing Manchester City players at a Champions League match will be to play Bayern Munich in a partially closed stadium. UEFA says its disciplinary panel found the Russian champion guilty for its fans' "racist behavior" during Man City's 2-1 win in Moscow last week.
PARIS - Canada's 2012 Tour of Italy champion Ryder Hesjedal has admitted to having taken performance-enhancing drugs 10 years ago after choosing 'the wrong path'. The 32-year-old - who turned professional in 2005 and has won stages on all three Grand Tours - released a statement through his Garmin team responding to claims that he took doping products.