Teen Martial says he's not the 'new Henry'
LONDON • Manchester United's deadline-day signing Anthony Martial has played down comparisons with Arsenal's record scorer Thierry Henry.
"Thierry Henry is Thierry Henry. I still have everything to prove," the French footballer, 19, told French TV channel BFM.
British PM insists he's not a sporting curse
LONDON • England's rugby, football and cricket teams have crashed out of World Cups in the first round in the past 16 months, but British Prime Minister David Cameron denies that he is the "curse" behind the failures.
"That annoys me so much. That's nonsense," he told LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari. "Who was Prime Minister this summer when we won the Ashes, thank you very much? I was Prime Minister when we had the best-ever haul of Olympic medals."
Doc denies Iran fielded men in women's event
TEHERAN • Fifa medical officer Zohreh Haratian has rejected media reports that Iran broke rules by fielding eight men in a team that recently won the Asian Women's Futsal Championship in Malaysia.
The players either had yet to complete a sex change or had suffered from sexual development disorders, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported. But the doctor said: "No scientific proof exists on these claims."
Armani suits cost Reds Cup win, says Fergie
LONDON • The garish cream suits worn by Liverpool's squad before the 1996 FA Cup final gave Manchester United the edge even before kick-off, according to former United manager Alex Ferguson.
Liverpool players, including Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp, dubbed the "Spice Boys", turned up at Wembley clad in striking suits designed by Giorgio Armani. They lost 0-1 to a late Eric Cantona goal.
Hooper gets one-week ban for foul play
LONDON • Flanker Michael Hooper will miss Australia's Rugby World Cup pool decider with Wales on Saturday after receiving a one-week ban for foul play.
The 23-year-old was cited for a shoulder charge into England's Mike Brown during the Wallabies' 33-13 victory over the hosts on Saturday.
Hooper will be available for the quarter-finals.