Mourinho aide in plea to United
LONDON • Jose Mourinho's charm offensive towards Manchester United gathered pace on Friday when one of his aides went to great lengths to destroy the perception that the former Chelsea manager is not interested in developing young football players.
Eladio Parames, a close friend of the Portuguese, wrote in a national newspaper that it was a myth, and defended his friend's track record.
He went on to list a number of young players that Mourinho brought into the first teams at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
THE TIMES, LONDON
Aussies left with 2 must-win games
MELBOURNE • Australia will have to win their final two Davis Cup matches against the United States today in order to clinch their tennis tie, after a gamble to play team captain Lleyton Hewitt in the doubles rubber failed yesterday.
Bob and Mike Bryan spoilt Hewitt's Davis Cup comeback from retirement by closing out a tense 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 doubles win that put the US 2-1 up.
Theo not involved in fixing, says dad
ATHENS • The father of Uefa's new interim general secretary Theodore Theodoridis has called on the media to leave his son out of match-fixing talk concerning Greek champions Olympiakos.
Savvas Theodoridis is Olympiakos' vice-president and the club's owner Evangelos Marinakis has been banned from football activities by a Greek magistrate investigating a match-fixing scandal between 2011 and 2013.
Rudisha wins in build-up to Rio
MELBOURNE • Olympic champion David Rudisha was pushed by Australian Luke Mathews in his first competitive 800 metres run of the season at the IAAF World International Challenge meet in Melbourne yesterday.
The 27-year-old Kenyan clocked 1min 44.78sec in holding off fast-finishing 20-year-old Mathews (1:45.16) as he began the build-up to his Olympic title defence in Rio.