Hodgson not done yet as coach at age 69
LONDON • Former England manager Roy Hodgson set out his stall on Wednesday, saying he was still in the market for another job in football at club or national level at the age of 69.
"I'd like to come back - I feel as good as I have ever done. Age has never been a factor. I feel fit and I'm hoping that something will come along that will really interest me," the former Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland manager told Sky Sports television.
The Englishman has also coached at club level in Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Italy and Denmark.
Azarenka sole leading name to skip opener
MELBOURNE • Every player in the world's top 99 bar the pregnant Victoria Azarenka has been confirmed for the Australian Open, including Roger Federer and Serena Williams as they return from injury, the organisers said yesterday.
The all-star field for the opening Grand Slam of 2017 at Melbourne Park will see Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber start as top seeds in a sign of the changing of the guard in world tennis.
First her caddie, now Ko discards coach
WELLINGTON • Women's golf's world No. 1 Lydia Ko, who clinched the most recent of her 14 LPGA titles in July before enduring the first barren spell of her young but already stellar career, has split from her coach David Leadbetter after three years of working together.
The Kiwi's decision to leave Leadbetter came just two months after she fired her former caddie Jason Hamilton, something the 64-year-old said had been a mistake.
Further success for Hosszu and Park
MONTREAL • Katinka Hosszu and Park Tae Hwan piled up more individual gold at the Short Course Swimming World Championships in Windsor, Ontario on Wednesday.
The Hungarian captured her second and third gold medals of the championships in the 200m butterfly and 100m backstroke, while the South Korean won the 200m freestyle for his second title.
The US women's team won the 4x50m medley in a record-shattering 1min 43.27sec, eclipsing the previous record of 1:44.04 set by Denmark at the 2014 short course worlds in Doha.
Isinbayeva will chair anti-doping panel
MOSCOW • Twice Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva was named on Wednesday as head of a new Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) supervisory council which will control the actions undertaken by the organisation.
The 34-year-old Isinbayeva, who retired after Russia's track and field team were banned from competing at this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, was selected following a first session of the council held in Moscow, Rusada said on its website (www.rusada.ru).