Brazilians release Irish businessman
RIO DE JANEIRO • Brazilian authorities have provisionally released Irish businessman Kevin Mallon, who was held over an alleged ticket scam at the Olympics.
The director of British hospitality firm THG - who had been held in a Rio prison since his arrest on Aug 5 - was freed after a judge gave written authorisation.
Windies win thrilling T20 as India falter
FORT LAUDERDALE (UNITED STATES) • The West Indies defeated India by one run in a record run-laden Twenty20 clash on Saturday after piling up the third-highest total in cricket's shortest format.
Set 246 to win, India needed eight off the last over and two off the final ball for a famous victory. But skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni could only scoop a Dwayne Bravo delivery into the hands of Marlon Samuels at short third man to leave India agonisingly on 244-4.
Infantino salary not a patch on Blatter's
GENEVA • Fifa president Gianni Infantino said in an interview published yesterday that he will make less than two million Swiss francs (S$2.78 million) a year, well below the salary of his disgraced predecessor Sepp Blatter.
Infantino has not yet agreed to terms with Fifa but said his salary will be lower than the US$3.6 million (S$4.89 million) that Blatter made last year.
Inter Milan pay $68m for midfielder Mario
LISBON • Portugal's international midfielder Joao Mario has joined Inter Milan from Sporting Lisbon for a record €45 million (S$68.4 million).
The deal is the highest figure for the transfer of a Portuguese premier division player.
Allardyce thwarted on N'Zonzi selection
LONDON • Sam Allardyce has revealed he had hoped to call up Steven N'Zonzi for England but the former Blackburn and Stoke midfielder is not eligible.
Allardyce, who signed N'Zonzi - now at Sevilla - for Blackburn in 2009, was approached by the footballer's father, who wanted to know if his six years in England opened the door for a call-up.
The Football Association contacted Fifa, but was told N'Zonzi's one cap for France Under-21s ruled him out.