Boks coach to push ahead despite row
JOHANNESBURG • South Africa rugby coach Heyneke Meyer says he has the full backing of his players and is committed to a Springboks transformation after coming under fire from the country's largest trade union.
Media reports suggested that five black players had approached the Congress of South African Trade Unions with grievances over their non-selection for recent matches, which led the organisation to call for Meyer to be sacked over what they termed "racist choices".
Sakho nabbed for hitting girlfriend
LONDON • West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a girlfriend in east London.
The 25-year-old from Senegal was reportedly arrested last Thursday, three days before the English football club's 2-0 Premier League victory over Arsenal.
Wanchope courts unwanted publicity
PANAMA CITY • Paulo Wanchope, who fired himself into English football folklore by scoring a memorable goal for Derby against Manchester United in 1997, is back in the limelight.
Now the Costa Rica manager, he was filmed on Tuesday engaging in touchline fisticuffs with a steward and a ball boy during an Under-23 game between Costa Rica and Panama.
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Rosicky out 2 months after keyhole knee op
PRAGUE • English football club Arsenal will miss Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky for up to two months pending his recovery from a recent knee surgery.
The 34-year-old injury-prone captain of the Czech national team underwent an arthroscopic surgery on his knee.
Swede Backe to handle Finland side
HELSINKI • Hans Backe, a veteran coach and popular commentator on Swedish television, has been named new head coach for Finland's football team.
The 63-year-old Sweden native previously managed FC Copenhagen, which under his stewardship won three Danish championships, and acted as a deputy coach at Manchester City in 2007-2008.
Struggling Bouchard loses another opener
TORONTO • Eugenie Bouchard was hailed as the new face of women's tennis just 12 months ago but the Canadian's downward spiral continued on Tuesday, with a humbling 0-6, 7-5, 2-6 loss to Swiss Belinda Bencic in the opening round of the Rogers Cup.
Home fans had come out in force to cheer on the 21-year-old but had little reason to get excited, as the error-prone Bouchard fell at the first hurdle for the eighth time in 10 tournaments.
T-Wolves coach treated for lymphoma
NEW YORK • National Basketball Association team Minnesota Timberwolves' head coach Flip Saunders, 60, said on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system, and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment.