Birmingham is UK host city candidate
LONDON • Birmingham has beaten Liverpool in the race to be England's candidate to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, ministers announced yesterday.
The Midlands city must now convince the British government to approve the bid and underwrite the event's costs.
The 2022 event became unexpectedly available in March, when the Commonwealth Games Federation stripped the South African city of Durban of the right to stage the quadrennial showpiece for failing to provide financial guarantees.
Everton to deal with Rooney 'internally'
LONDON • Everton forward Wayne Rooney will be punished "internally" after being charged with drink-driving, Toffees manager Ronald Koeman said yesterday.
Rooney, England's all-time record goal scorer and former captain, was pulled over by police near his home in Cheshire, north-west England, in the early hours of Friday last week.
Commentary on Syria equaliser goes viral
HONG KONG • A TV commentator who broke down in tears while celebrating Syria's priceless football World Cup qualifying equaliser against Iran has gone viral, racking up more than a million views online.
When Omar Al Soma scored in the 93rd minute, earning Syria a 2-2 draw and a place in the Asian play-offs for Russia 2018, the commentator was overcome with emotion as he shouted excitedly for two minutes.
The video footage of the incident on Twitter drew 1.2 million views and 500,000 responses such as shares and likes, while footage on YouTube was also seen hundreds of thousands of times.
ARU faces inquiry after Force axing
SYDNEY • The embattled Australian Rugby Union (ARU) voiced surprise yesterday that it will be subject to a parliamentary inquiry after its decision to axe the Western Force from Super Rugby.
Western Australia senator Linda Reynolds tabled a motion in the national Senate on Wednesday, which was carried, to look into the ARU decision-making process and the transparency around it.
ARU chairman Cameron Clyne said he was surprised over the government interference, but added that the ARU has no concerns about the integrity of the process that has been run.