Gerrard struggles for fitness on MLS debut
LOS ANGELES • Steven
Gerrard launched his post-Liverpool career with a low-key cameo for new club Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, playing 45 minutes for the Major League Soccer (MLS) side in a 2-1 win over Mexican giants Club America.
The former England midfielder later admitted: "Physically, it was tough. I haven't played a competitive match for seven weeks so it was very important that I got out there and got 45 minutes."
His full MLS debut is expected to come next Friday in a home fixture against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Hull's bid to change name rejected again
LONDON • Hull City's bid
to change their name to Hull Tigers has been rejected for a second time, the English Football Association announced on Saturday.
The council of the FA, the sport's governing body in England, voted down the proposal from Hull, who were relegated from the Premier League last season.
'White Tyson' Chagaev retains WBA belt
BERLIN • World heavyweight boxing champion Ruslan Chagaev kept his World Boxing Association belt on Saturday with a first-round knockout, as challenger Francesco Pianeta was put down twice in the brief bout.
The 37-year-old Uzbekistan-born Chagaev now has a record of 21 knock-outs in 34 wins with two defeats and a draw.
Fangio's remains to be tested in paternity suit
BUENOS AIRES • A judge in Argentina has ordered the remains of five-time Formula One world champion Juan Manuel Fangio to be exhumed for a paternity test.
Fangio, who died in 1995 at 84, never married and was not known to have had children.
A DNA sample will be taken from the race car driver's remains to see if he is the father of Oscar Espinoza, the son of Andrea Berruet, Fangio's companion for two decades. The test will be conducted on Aug 7.
Marquez continues German win streak
SACHSENRING (Germany) • Two-time defending world champion Marc Marquez's extraordinary record at the Sachsenring continued yesterday, as he won the German MotoGP.
The 22-year-old Spaniard - winning his sixth race in six years on the circuit - led home Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, with championship leader Valentino Rossi third on a Yamaha.
Rossi, seeking a 10th world title and seventh in the 500cc/MotoGP category, extended his lead over team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, who was fourth, to 13 points.
Sterling skips tour as Man City move nears
LONDON • Raheem Sterling will be left behind when Liverpool depart for an Asian training tour, fuelling speculation that a move to English Premier League football rivals Manchester City is imminent.
The wantaway England forward was initially named in Liverpool's 30-man squad for their tour of Thailand, Australia and Malaysia, but fresh developments mean he will not board the plane.
While there is no deal with City in place, talks are sufficiently advanced that Sterling will stay behind to see if a transfer can be completed.