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MADRID - Sandro Rosell's three-and-a-half year term in charge of Barcelona came to an end yesterday as he submitted his resignation as the club's president. The 49-year-old had come under increasing pressure in recent weeks as he faces legal action, launched by one of the club's own members, over his role in the signing of Brazilian star Neymar last year.
SYDNEY - England prop Lee Mossop will finally join Parramatta for pre-season training next week, Eels coach Brad Arthur confirmed yesterday. A key recruit for an Eels side desperate to climb out of the NRL cellar after successive wooden spoons, Mossop was granted an extended break by Arthur after the World Cup.
LONDON - West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka will face an English Football Association disciplinary hearing after formally denying a racism charge for celebrating a goal with a gesture deemed anti-Semitic. Anelka has repeatedly insisted that his use of the gesture, known in France as a "quenelle" was not anti-Semitic.
LONDON - Southampton have suspended record signing Dani Osvaldo for two weeks after an incident at the club's training ground, the Premier League side announced yesterday. The Saints did not disclose the details of the incident but Southampton's Southern Daily Echo newspaper reported Osvaldo had been involved in an incident with his teammate, Jose Fonte, during a session on.
INDIAN WELLS, California - World number one Serena Williams could be ready to end her boycott of the WTA event at Indian Wells after putting her name on the entry list for the March tournament. Williams, a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion, and her older sister Venus have boycotted the Californian event since 2001, when Serena was fiercely booed in the final.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Mike Pettine, who spent the past five years an a defensive co-ordinator, was named coach of the Cleveland Browns yesterday by the NFL club. Pettine, who worked in Buffalo after four seasons on the staff of the New York Jets, replaces Rob Chudzinski, who was dumped after the Browns stumbled to a 4-12 record this season.
World Cup song
RIO DE JANEIRO - US pop music stars Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull will join Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte on the official World Cup anthem "We Are One," FIFA announced in Rio yesterday. "Only music and football can attract 80,000 people to a stadium, but a concert has just one artist, while football has 22," said FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke.
Ko shares lead
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - New Zealand teen Lydia Ko took a share of the lead in her first start as a US LPGA Tour member, matching Meena Lee with a 5-under 68 in the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic yesterday. The 16-year-old Ko, who turned pro late last year, won the Canadian Women's Open in the last two years as an amateur.