LONDON - Former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant has been released by Stoke City, he revealed yesterday. The 31-year-old returned to Stoke last June following the arrival of Mark Hughes as manager, having been released by Hughes's predecessor, Tony Pulis, at the end of last season.
However, he played in only 11 games this season and is now looking for a new club.
DOHA - Sergio Garcia became the second Spaniard after Alvaro Quiros to win the Qatar Masters when he edged Finland's Mikko Ilonen in a thrilling play-off at the Doha Golf Club yesterday. With the light fading fast, Garcia clinched the title with a birdie after both players had failed to break their first two attempts on the par five 18th hole.
LONDON - Everton's Costa Rica international Bryan Oviedo suffered a double fracture of his left leg during his side's 4-0 FA Cup win at Stevenage yesterday, an injury set to rule him out of the World Cup. Roberto Martinez's team were leading 1-0 when the 23-year-old midfielder collapsed in agony after a first half challenge on Stevenage's Simon Heslop.
10 points clear
BERLIN - Champions Bayern Munich remain ten points clear in the Bundesliga after second-placed Bayer Leverkusen suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at strugglers Freiburg yesterday — their third-straight league loss. Bayern extended their record unbeaten run in the Bundesliga to 42 matches with a 2-0 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
MILAN, Italy - Former world champions Fernando Alsonso and Kimi Raikkonen yesterday helped unveil Ferrari's new F14-T car that the Italian team hopes to power to Formula One glory this year. Ferrari's 2014 model, unveiled at the Scuderia's Maranello headquarters, reflects the many changes introduced for the new season by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).
KITZBUEHEL, Austria - Austrian Hannes Reichelt made up for teammate Marcel Hirscher's disappointing slalom with victory in the famed World Cup downhill in Kitzbuehel yesterday. Starting with bib number 22, the 33-year-old Reichelt stormed down the 3.4km-long course on the Hahnenkamm mountain to clock 2min 03.38sec despite suffering from back pain.
LONDON - Leicester City took another step towards promotion to the Premier League yesterday, the Championship leaders winning 2-0 against Middlesbrough. With QPR and Burnley not playing this weekend, Nigel Pearson's side took advantage of the opportunity to cement their position on top of the second tier.
Second spot tie
SAN DIEGO, California - Marc Leishman is pushing hard for a second US PGA tour victory, moving into a tie for second just one shot off the lead midway through the third round at Torrey Pines in California. The Victorian is one-under par on his round through 10 holes to improve to eight-under for the tournament, leaving him just one adrift of American leader Gary Woodland.