Henderson takes over Reds armband
LONDON • Liverpool have named Jordan Henderson as their new captain after long-standing skipper Steven Gerrard left to join Los Angeles Galaxy.
The England midfielder, 25, has made 186 appearances since joining the Reds in 2011, establishing himself as an important player in Brendan Rodgers' side.
Cabaye joins Palace for club-record £10m
LONDON • France midfielder Yohan Cabaye is leaving Paris Saint- Germain to join Crystal Palace for a reported £10 million (S$20.8 million), a transfer record for the London club .
The 29-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Selhurst Park, where he will again team up with manager Alan Pardew, under whom he played at Newcastle United during his previous stint in the English Premier League.
Free agent Lin signs for Hornets
CHARLOTTE (North Carolina) • The Charlotte Hornets have signed free agent point guard Jeremy Lin, the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the National Basketball Association, the team said on Thursday.
Lin, 26, previously played for the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.
Spieth 8 off the lead as putter turns cold
SILVIS (Illinois) • A rusty Jordan Spieth battled a poor short game on the way to an even-par 71 that left him eight strokes off the lead after the opening round of the John Deere Classic in Illinois on Thursday.
The American, who took time off after his US Open win last month, is tuning up for next week's British Open, but he might only get two competitive rounds in unless he improves to make the cut.
No change to sailing venue at Rio Games
RIO DE JANEIRO • A special fleet of trash collecting boats will protect Olympic sailors on Rio de Janeiro's heavily polluted Guanabara Bay in 2016, as organisers insisted on Thursday that there is no need to move the sailing and windsurfing events to other venues.
The bay is the end point for huge amounts of the city's garbage, and sailors have called for the contest site to be relocated beyond the bay in cleaner Atlantic waters.