Brazil's Ronaldinho, 36, to play friendly in Japan
RIO DE JANEIRO • Ronaldinho will continue his global roadshow of football friendlies by taking part in a celebrity match in Japan, the Brazil great said on Monday.
The fixture will be played on Dec 10 and will feature top J-League players, former players and Japanese television stars.
Ronaldinho, 36, has not played competitively since his contract with Brazil's Fluminense was rescinded by mutual consent in September last year.
Rome out of running to host 2024 Olympic Games
ROME • Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago put a definitive end yesterday to Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games after the city's newly elected mayor refused to support the project.
"I wrote to the International Olympic Committee today to withdraw Rome 2024 from the running," Malago said.
Rome's city council voted in favour of mayor Virginia Raggi's request to withdraw support last month.
Injured Zhang forced to withdraw in Tianjin
BEIJING • Asian No. 1 Zhang Shuai crashed out of the Tianjin Open yesterday in the latest home-turf blow to the Chinese star. Zhang withdrew from her match against compatriot Peng Shuai, who will proceed to the second round.
"I have some pain in the waist and knee. It's the second time I've had to pull out of the Tianjin Open because of injury in three years, which is very disappointing," the Tencent Sports website quoted her as saying.
McGregor fined, asked to do community service
LONDON • Conor McGregor has been fined US$150,000 (S$206,874) for his altercation with Nate Diaz during a pre-fight press conference at UFC 202 in August. He has also been ordered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to perform 50 hours of community service.
The fine represents 5 per cent of the record US$3 million purse McGregor received for winning the fight by majority decision. He has six months to complete the community service.