Backheel results in hamstring snap
LONDON • Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood snapped his hamstring during his side's 2-2 Premier League draw with Sunderland on Saturday, after kicking out at a water bottle in disgust after the referee denied a penalty.
"I've done my hamstring. I never did it as a player, I have now done it as a manager," he told his club's website. "I was going to kick bottles forward, but there were too many people, so I thought I'd be polite and backheel them, but it snapped my hamstring."
Monaco's Abdennour joins Valencia
MADRID • Tunisian international defender Aymen Abdennour has joined Spanish Primera Liga side Valencia from Monaco for an undisclosed fee. The deal comes four days after the team - owned by Singapore billionaire Peter Lim - qualified for the Champions League group stage by beating Monaco.
The 26-year-old will replace Nicolas Otamendi at the heart of the Valencia defence after the Argentinian left to join Manchester City earlier this month.
West Brom sign Evans from Man Utd
LONDON • West Bromwich Albion signed Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans from Manchester United on Saturday.
He is reported to have cost the Baggies £6 million (S$13 million) after agreeing a four-year contract. The 27-year-old will link up with former United team-mates Darren Fletcher, James Chester and Ben Foster at The Hawthorns.
All Blacks surprise as Naholo picked
WELLINGTON • Winger Waisake Naholo was unexpectedly named in the New Zealand All Blacks' Rugby World Cup squad yesterday, after having been initially ruled out of contention when he suffered a broken leg on his Test debut against Argentina last month.
Naholo sought out alternative treatment in Fiji in an effort to make the World Cup and had said earlier he would be fit for the All Blacks' third pool game against Georgia on Oct 2.
The 24-year-old joins utility Nehe Milner- Skudder, who also had a superb Super Rugby season and impressive Test performances, in the squad.
Daly recovering after collapse
MISSISSIPPI • Two-time Major winner John Daly was hospitalised on Saturday after the 49-year-old American golfer collapsed on the course while playing in a minor tournament in Mississippi.
He underwent tests at the hospital in Jackson, with his friend Billy Allen telling reporters that the golfer's vital signs were good and doctors were examining him for possible rib and finger injuries. REUTERS
Boeckmans in coma after crash
MADRID • Belgian cyclist Kris Boeckmans is in an induced coma after crashing on the eighth stage of the Tour of Spain on Saturday, a 182.5-km ride from Puebla de Don Fadrique to Murcia. According his Belgian team Lotto-Soudal, he suffered a concussion, three broken ribs and bleeding in his lung.
Boeckmans was one of several riders to crash with about 50km left in the stage won by Belgian Jasper Stuyven of the Trek Factory team.
Dante leaves for Wolfsburg
BERLIN • Bayern Munich have sold Brazilian centre-back Dante to Wolfsburg for an undisclosed fee with the 31-year-old set to sign a three-year contract.
Dante has fallen out of favour with Bayern coach Pep Guardiola because of a lack of pace, and has found himself on the bench for Bayern's league games this season.