LIVERPOOL, England - England left-back Leighton Baines has signed a new four-year contract with Everton, ending Manchester United's hopes of luring the defender to Old Trafford. Baines, 29, has established himself as one of the top attacking fullbacks in the country and was the subject of two bids from United during the last off-season.
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MIAMI, Florida - Miami rolled to a surprisingly comfortable 113-101 win over San Antonio on Sunday in a reprise of last year's NBA finals, with Chris Bosh scoring 24 points on 9-for-10 shooting for the Heat. Among the day's other games, Golden State beat Portland, Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas past Detroit, and Phoenix recovered from a big half-time deficit to overrun Cleveland.
LISBON - Colombian superstar striker Radamel Falcao says he'll be doing everything in his power to recover from his serious knee injury in time for the World Cup finals in June. The 27-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Monaco's 3-0 win in the French Cup over amateur side Chasselay last Wednesday.
RIO DE JANEIRO - FIFA on Monday condemned all kinds of violence after a man was shot and injured by military police during an anti-World Cup demonstration on Saturday in Sao Paulo. "FIFA fully respects people's right to protest in a peaceful manner and as long as the rights of everybody are respected but condemns any form of violence," a FIFA statement read.
MILAN, Italy - Controversial AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has been fined 10,000 euros ($F25,905) for making a crude hand gesture toward Cagliari fans after scoring in Sunday's Serie A clash. In what is the latest in a long list of disciplinary actions taken against the volatile striker the Italian league's disciplinary panel announced the penalty on Monday, a day after Milan's 2-1 victory.
SYDNEY - Willie Mason has apologised after adding to a horror off-season for Newcastle when he was charged with drink-driving. The Knights forward recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.09 after being pulled over for a random breath test on his way to training on Monday morning.
MELBOURNE - The post-mortem from Melbourne Victory's worst home loss in A-League history has delivered a brutal verdict. Victory have been compared to training cones while fans flooded the club's social media sites to register their disgust, including an unfavourable comparison between the team and an energetic streaker.
SYDNEY - In-form all-rounder James Faulkner has been ruled out and will have knee surgery as injuries threaten to disrupt Australia's Test tour to South Africa. The news could get even worse for the Ashes champions, with batsman Shaun Marsh and paceman Jackson Bird to stay behind for injury treatment when the rest of the squad flies out to South Africa on Wednesday.