Rooney's driving ban, community service
LONDON • Former England football captain Wayne Rooney was yesterday banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid community work after pleading guilty to drink driving on Sept 1.
The Everton striker apologised for an "unforgivable lack of judgment" following his sentencing by a court in northern England for being nearly three times over the legal limit while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday.
Hamstring op for Dembele in Finland
BARCELONA • Spanish football club Barcelona's record €105 million (S$168.8 million) signing Ousmane Dembele will undergo surgery in Helsinki today on the torn hamstring that has ruled him out of action for up to four months.
In pictures published by Spanish sports daily Marca, the Frenchman needed the aid of a wheelchair as he left Barcelona airport for the Finnish capital.
Jonker axed after Wolfsburg's poor start
BERLIN • Andries Jonker became the first Bundesliga football coach to be sacked this season when Wolfsburg relieved him of his duties yesterday after taking four points from as many games.
The 54-year-old Dutchman took charge only in February, when he quit as boss of Arsenal's youth academy, and managed to keep Wolfsburg up last season, but Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Stuttgart proved to be the last straw.
Ehiogu to manage? Don't bet on it
LONDON • A betting firm has apologised after it gave customers the option of betting on a dead former footballer becoming the next manager of Birmingham.
Paddy Power briefly advertised odds of 66/1 on the late Aston Villa and England defender Ugo Ehiogu taking charge of rivals Birmingham, following the sacking of manager Harry Redknapp.