Serie A wins
MILAN - Victories for Napoli and Juventus kept the pressure on Serie A leader Roma on Wednesday, while Kaka scored his first goal since returning to AC Milan in a 1-1 draw against Lazio. Jose Maria Callejon and Dries Mertens scored to help Napoli to a controversial 2-1 Italian soccer league win at Fiorentina, after Giuseppe Rossi had levelled from the penalty spot with his ninth goal in 10 games.
MILAN, Italy - Lazio captain Stefano Mauri has lodged an appeal with Italy's top sports arbitration court in a bid to reduce a nine month ban handed down for his role in a match-fixing affair. Mauri was initially banned for six months on August 16 after failing to report match-fixing related activities linked to the Lazio v Genoa and Lecce v Lazio games on May 14 and 22, 2011 respectively.
LAGOS - FIFA have ruled that Cairo is safe for a 2014 Africa Zone World Cup playoff between hosts Egypt and Ghana.
Ghana had raised objections to Cairo hosting the return leg playoff after the recent anti-government protests in Egypt.
But officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) said they have since received a FIFA decision that the game be played in Cairo on November 19 after a visit by their security inspection.
LONDON - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Luis Suarez's impressive form this season proves the Reds were right to force the Uruguayan to stay at Anfield. Suarez made repeated attempts to engineer a move to Arsenal in the close season and became involved in a row with Rodgers after Liverpool refused to sell him.
Tamim on top
DHAKA - Tamim Iqbal became Bangladesh's top run scorer in one-day cricket on Thursday as his team beat New Zealand by 40 runs in the second ODI to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Set a target of 248, New Zealand caved in for 207 in 46.4 overs to suffer their sixth successive ODI defeat to Bangladesh, who won Tuesday's series opener by 43 runs.
SOFIA - Ana Ivanovic overcame Australian Sam Stosur in three sets on Thursday for her second straight victory in the group stage at the season-ending WTA Tournament of Champions in Bulgaria. The two-time tournament winner and former world No.1 played aggressively to win the opening set 6-2 in just 30 minutes. Stosur broke Ivanovic's serve in the second set to go up 5-3. But Ivanovic grabbed the early break at 2-0 in the third set and cruised from there to win 6-2 5-7 6-2.
Bailey stays coy
BANGALORE, India - Make no mistake, George Bailey is aware of the buzz his outstanding one-day form in India is generating back home. He's in one of the rarest patches of form seen in the ODI game, with Wednesday's imperious 156 smashing yet more records in his all-conquering series. But the 31-year-old, who is a firm favourite to secure the No.6 spot in Australia's opening Ashes Test at the Gabba, is philosophical about the attention.