WELLINGTON - Silver Fern Jodi Brown has confirmed her shift north to Wellington, signing with the Central Pulse for next year's trans-Tasman netball league. The 33-year-old goal attack, who has 42 caps over an eight-year international career, was part of the Silver Ferns' team which won silver at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
KARACHI, Pakistan - Under-scrutiny Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal will miss part of his side's one-day international (ODI) series against Sri Lanka as he undergoes tests on his bowling action in Australia, officials said on Friday. The 37-year-old, had his action reported as suspect earlier this month during the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle.
BARCELONA, Spain - Brazilian superstar Neymar has suffered an ankle sprain in training, Barcelona announced on Friday, adding to the club's injury woes just two days before opening their new La Liga campaign. Neymar complained of pain in his left ankle at the end of Thursday's training session and tests confirmed he had suffered a mild sprainy.
MADRID - The Lampre-Merida cycling team pulled reigning champion Chris Horner out of the Tour of Spain on Friday, deeming treatment he was receiving for bronchitis was a health risk. The American was given doses of cortisone after suffering bronchitis during the Tour de France and Tour of Utah and had been cleared to race by the International Cycling Union (UCI).
LONDON - Greek striker Georgios Samaras has joined West Bromwich Albion on a two-year deal, the English Premier League side announced on Friday. Samaras has arrived at the Midlands club on a free transfer after leaving Celtic in pre-season following six years with the Glasgow giants, having arrived at Parkhead from Manchester City in 2008.
BERLIN - Great Britain's Adam Peaty has set a new 50m breaststroke world record of 26.62 seconds at the European Championships in Berlin. The 19-year-old on Friday took 0.05 seconds off Cameron van der Burgh's previous world record from the 2009 world championships in Rome at the height of the supersuit era.
ISTANBUL - The Jayco Australian Opals have suffered the first setback of their European tour, going down to Canada 62-55 in the opening game of the TBF Zafer Cup in Istanbul. In a basketball clash dominated by strong defensive pressure from both teams, it was Canada who got the crucial break late in the third quarter on Friday, with Shona Thorburn hitting a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
WELLINGTON - All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter won't play on home soil again this year because of injury. Carter ruled himself out of the remaining home Tests in the Rugby Championship as he continues to recover from a leg fracture suffered during the Super Rugby final three weeks ago. The Crusaders No.10 was initially sidelined from the two Bledisloe Cup Tests this month.