Nasri seals late victory in a tale of two cities
GOLD COAST • Samir Nasri scored a late winner, as English team Manchester City beat their Australian sister club Melbourne City 1-0 in a football friendly yesterday.
At the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Italy's Roma beat Spanish giants Real Madrid 7-6 in a penalty shoot-out after the International Champions Cup opener failed to produce a goal in regulation time.
Kuridrani late try seals win for Aussies
BRISBANE • Centre Tevita
Kuridrani scored a dramatic last-gasp try to give Australia a 24-20 victory over South Africa they barely deserved, in their Rugby Championship opener at Lang Park yesterday.
The Wallabies kicked for touch with a penalty that might have tied the game before Kuridrani crashed over the line in a scrum of bodies, getting just enough pressure on the ball to convince the TV official that he had grounded it.
Troubled Tomic shuns national body's offer
MELBOURNE • Bernard Tomic has ignored offers of help from Australian tennis officials following his arrest in Miami after a noisy hotel party.
Australia's top male tennis player apologised on American television for the "disturbance" he had caused, but told Australia's Channel Nine that he had no plans to make peace with his country's tennis administration, with whom he has been at loggerheads.
Diack fretting over Beijing ticket sales
BRISBANE • International athletics chief Lamine Diack is concerned about ticket sales for next month's World Championships in Beijing and has urged organisers to do more to promote the event.
The Aug 22-30 event will be the first major athletics event held at the Bird's Nest stadium since the 2008 Olympics.
Gerrard goal a tremor for Earthquakes
LOS ANGELES • Steven Gerrard made a dream start to his Major League Soccer career on Friday, scoring on his full debut as the Los Angeles Galaxy came from behind to beat the San Jose Earthquakes 5-2 in the California Clasico.
Liverpool legend Gerrard helped trigger a remarkable fightback after San Jose raced to an early 2-0 lead. His former Liverpool team-mate Robbie Keane scored a hat-trick, as the Galaxy romped home.
Beckham, Miami reach accord on stadium deal
MIAMI • English football icon David Beckham and his investment group have reached a deal to build a new 25,000-seat football stadium next to the Miami Marlins baseball park.
The Beckham United group and city officials had struggled for years to agree on a site, but the agreement sets up a possible 2018 debut of Beckham's Major League Soccer expansion club.
IOC boss tells golfers to adhere to Wada tests
LONDON • Golf has beenurged to fully adhere to World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) rules by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who also said players must accept Olympic-standard testing in the build-up to Rio 2016.
Next year's Games in Brazil will see golf return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.