LOS ANGELES, AAP - A little over four years ago Blake Caparello gave up his job as a carpenter and devoted himself to the dream of winning a light heavyweight boxing world title. Tonight, at the Revel Resort in the US east coast casino capital of Atlantic City the 27-year-old can achieve that dream.
LONDON, AFP - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at claims by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard that striker Luis Suarez was "too good" to ever move to the north London outfit. The Gunners tabled a bid of STG40,000,001 ($F129 million) for Suarez a year ago in the mistaken belief it would trigger a release clause in his contract at Anfield.
SAN ANTONIO, AFP - San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with the reigning NBA champions, the team announced on Friday. No contract terms were released but the 32-year-old Frenchman's deal reportedly was for three years at $US45 million ($F83.32 million).
NEW DELHI, AFP - India's massive 266-run third Test defeat to England drew widespread condemnation on Friday with former captain Sunil Gavaskar accusing MS Dhoni's team of abject surrender in Southampton.
MELBOURNE, AAP - A meeting of two mates in the middle will go a long way to deciding the destination of the AFL's least wanted prize the wooden spoon. Melbourne ruckman Mark Jamar and his former teammate Stefan Martin will re-unite in the ruck in Sunday's meeting between the Demons and Brisbane.
WELLINGTON, AAP - Defender Tom Doyle's perseverance has paid off with a two-year contract with the Wellington Phoenix. Doyle, 22, impressed with mature performances against English Premier League teams West Ham and Newcastle for the Phoenix last week but was taking nothing for granted after earlier disappointments.
AUSTRALIA, AAP - Panthers coach Ivan Cleary revealed after the match that Brent Kite had also suffered a pectoral muscle injury, while Cartwright had suffered ankle syndesmosis. He said the duo injuries were long term but could not provide a definite time period.
AKRON, Ohio, AAP - World No.1 Adam Scott welcomed the opportunity to scramble at Firestone Country Club on Friday but hopes his precision swing returns for a weekend charge. Scott scratched out a two-under par second round of 68 to move to three-under but not out of contention in a tie for 12th.
BRASLIA, AFP - New Brazil coach Dunga declared on Friday that competence is all that matters to him and added that there is no "blacklist" for players who underperformed at the WC. Dunga was brought back as Brazil look to pick up the pieces following their traumatic WC campaign.