Inter axe coach de Boer after 14 games
MILAN • Dutchman Frank de Boer was fired as Inter Milan coach yesterday after less than three months in charge, during which the former European football champions lost seven of their 14 competitive games.
Inter, who dropped to 12th in the Serie A table following Sunday's 0-1 loss to Sampdoria, said youth team coach Stefano Vecchi would be in charge of the team for tomorrow's Europa League match at Southampton.
Rugby-style training to get Karius in form
LONDON • Liverpool have been roughing up Loris Karius with rugby tackle pads in training to help the goalkeeper adapt to the physicality of football's English Premier League.
The 23-year-old, who joined from German side Mainz during the close season, has usurped Simon Mignolet in the starting line-up but is yet to win over the Liverpool faithful following a string of erratic performances.
Mata didn't worry about Jose's arrival
LONDON • Playmaker Juan Mata says he did not lose any sleep over Jose Mourinho's arrival at Manchester United, despite longstanding and widespread rumours that the pair had fallen out when they were both at Chelsea.
The Spaniard has been a key player for the English Premier League football club this season, scoring twice and racking up an assist in eight league games.
Klose retires, to assist German side
BERLIN • Germany's prolific Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top scorer, announced his retirement yesterday at the age of 38.
The country's leading scorer with 71 goals in 137 internationals was without a club after his Lazio contract expired last season and he will now join the national football side's coaching team.
Sutton dismisses cyclist's claims
LONDON • British Cycling's former technical director Shane Sutton insists he is not a sexist and denies ever telling rider Jess Varnish to "go and have a baby" after she was dropped from the team.
He resigned in April following Varnish's claims that he had made inappropriate remarks about her weight.