Bjorn named Europe's Ryder Cup captain
LONDON • Denmark's Thomas Bjorn was named Europe's Ryder Cup captain yesterday, tasked with reclaiming the trophy from the United States at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018.
The 45-year-old, thrice a player in the biennial contest, becomes the first Scandinavian to be handed the captaincy. Bjorn was an assistant to Darren Clarke at Minnesota's Hazeltine National this year - when Europe lost 11-17.
Boro beat Hull, move clear of drop zone
LONDON • Middlesbough's Uruguayan international Gaston Ramirez scored against his former club Hull City to secure a crucial 1-0 win in their Premier League clash on Monday.
Victory sees Boro move four points clear of the relegation zone, while Hull remain mired in the bottom three after their fifth successive away defeat.
Abuse victims forced to sign gag orders
LONDON • There are claims that "several" British football clubs have used gagging orders to silence victims of sexual abuse at the hands of youth coaches, according to a lawyer working with the victims.
Edward Smethurst, who helped set up the Offside Trust for abuse victims, said players forced to sign non-disclosure agreements in return for compensation were coming forward "all the time".
French GP will be back in Formula 1 in 2018
PARIS • After a decade-long absence, the French Grand Prix is returning to the Formula One calendar in 2018 at Le Castellet's Paul Ricard circuit near Marseille, organisers announced on Monday. The announcement was made at the Automobile Club de France which helped stage the first-ever grand prix in 1906.
Lee leaves post after Southgate hiring
LONDON • Sammy Lee has left his role as England's assistant manager following Gareth Southgate's appointment as permanent manager, the Football Association said yesterday.
Lee, 57, was brought in by Southgate's predecessor Sam Allardyce, whose tenure lasted just 67 days after he was brought down by a newspaper sting. Said Southgate: "I felt it was important for me to bring in my own support team and Sammy fully respected that."