SYDNEY - Alessandro Del Piero has a clear message to Sydney FC fans — I'm not going anywhere. The Italian maestro on Friday shot down reports he was unhappy at the club and was looking to move in the upcoming January transfer window. "I'm happy here," the 39-year-old said.
TOULON, France - Champion South African winger Bryan Habana will be sidelined from French rugby for two months after suffering a thigh muscle injury in Toulon's European Cup match against Exeter last weekend, club coach Bernard Laporte said on Thursday. The Springbok flyer was forced off the field in the 37th minute of the match after pulling up sharply as he tried to accelerate.
BUENOS AIRES - Argentine coach Daniel Hourcade has been given a vote of confidence with a new contract putting him in charge of the Pumas until the 2015 Rugby World Cup. There had been doubts about his position following a disappointing November Test series in which his side lost to Wales and England and struggled to beat Italy.
Tikolo in charge
NAIROBI - Former skipper Steve Tikolo has been named as Kenya's interim cricket coach, replacing Robin Brown, who stood down after the side's failure to qualify for next year's ICC World Twenty20 championships in Bangladesh. Zimbabwean Brown, who joined the team's coaching staff as director of elite development last year, tendered his resignation on Monday, along with team skipper Collins Obuya and Tikolo was brought in.
LOS ANGELES - German and European champions Bayern Munich will face Major League Soccer's All-Stars in the North American league's 2014 All-Star exhibition game. MLS announced on Thursday that Bayern would take the role of overseas challengers in the match at the home field of the Portland Timbers on August 6. It will mark the 11th time in the event's 19-year history that an overseas club will take on the All-Stars.
LIVERPOOL, England - Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will be out for at least four weeks with a hamstring injury, leaving the English Premier League title chasers without the England star for the busy Christmas period. Gerrard pulled up with a hamstring problem during the 4-1 win over West Ham last weekend and limped out of the game in the 56th minute.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - All Blacks five-eighth Dan Carter will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle. Carter limped from the field during New Zealand's Test against England at Twickenham last month and All Blacks team doctor Tony Page said the 31-year-old was suffering wear and tear in his right Achilles tendon.
LONDON - Oxford's fourth successive victory in the Varsity Match was marred by the first red card in the rugby fixture's 141-year history. The Dark Blues dispatched Cambridge 33-15 but had to play most of the second half with 14 men after scrum-half Sam Egerton was sent off for an incident at a ruck involving flanker Nick Viljoen.