LONDON - Organisers of next year's Rugby World Cup in England said yesterday the tournament final would take place an hour earlier than previously scheduled as they announced several changes to the fixture schedule. England 2015 chiefs said the final at Twickenham, the national rugby stadium in south-west London, would now kick-off at 4pm local time on October 31 instead of 5pm.
MILAN, Italy - Veteran German striker Miroslav Klose is poised to end his career with Lazio after signing a new one-year deal with an extra year's option, the Serie A club announced yesterday. Klose, who signed a three-year contract with Lazio in June 2011, has signed a new one-year deal worth 2.5 million euros ($A3.75 million) a season, Lazio said on their official Twitter account.
LONDON - Italy international fullback Luke McLean is to join Sale from Treviso, the English Premiership rugby side announced yesterday. The Queensland-born 26-year-old has won 57 caps for the Azzurri since making his debut for his adopted country in 2008. Born in Townsville, McLean went on to play for Perth Spirit before joining Italian side Calvisano in 2007.
In second spot
MOSCOW - CSKA Moscow edged closer to the Champions League yesterday with a 3-1 win over Amkar Perm which moved them into second spot in the Russian Premier League. The Red Army side's eighth consecutive win took them to 58 points from 28 matches to leapfrog city rivals Lokomotiv, who take on leaders Zenit St Petersburg tomorrow. Zenit top the table with 59 points.
OEIRAS, Portugal - Top seed Tomas Berdych toughed out a battling 3-6 6-4 6-4 win over qualifier Leonardo Mayer while second seed Milos Raonic was eliminated from his quarter-final at the ATP-WTA Portugal Open yesterday. Berdych, who only took a wild card entry to get more clay matches with Roland Garos just three weeks away, almost found himself on the sidelines as he dropped the first set to his 88th-ranked Argentine opponent.
LONDON - Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan was just six frames away from yet another appearance in the World Championship snooker final after extending his lead against Barry Hawkins yesterday. O'Sullivan, aiming for a third successive world title and sixth in all, was 5-2 up overnight against Hawkins in what is a repeat of last year's final.
BERLIN - Title-holder Tommy Haas was made to work before defeating Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3 3-6 6-3 yesterday to qualify for the Munich ATP tournament semi-finals. The 36-year-old second seed spent almost two hours on court before finally seeing off the world number 33 in their quarter-final tie on the German clay. The world number 16 will next face Slovakia's Martin Klizan, who despatched Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 6-1.