Senegal's Mane out for over a month
LONDON • Liverpool forward Sadio Mane could be out of action for up to six weeks after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty, the club said on Tuesday.
He was substituted just before the end of Senegal's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday. His absence is a huge blow for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ahead of their Premier League clash with bitter rivals Manchester United on Saturday.
High-flying Iceland in league's top tier
LONDON • Iceland's remarkable rise has been rewarded with a place among Europe's top teams in Uefa's inaugural Nations League which kicks off next September.
Designed to replace "meaningless" friendly internationals with competitive matches against teams of similar standing, the new competition announced yesterday will see Iceland placed in League A along with the likes of Germany, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Italy, France and England.
Pakistan punished by Fifa amid feuding
ISLAMABAD • Fifa said yesterday that it has suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) for "third-party interference", in a rare move by the sport's governing body to issue a blanket ban targeting a country.
The suspension centres on an internal feud at the PFF. This led a court to appoint an administrator to run its affairs, in violation of Fifa requirements that such a body be managed independently.
Panel suspends boxing chief Wu
LAUSANNE • Boxing's global governing body Aiba said in a statement on Tuesday that its Taiwanese president Wu Ching-kuo has been provisionally suspended by a disciplinary commission.
The 70-year-old is accused of accumulating debts of 15 million Swiss francs (S$21 million) for the organisation through poor financial management and auditing.
Aussie cricketers shaken by violence
GUWAHATI • Australia's cricket team suffered a scare following their Twenty20 international win over India in Guwahati on Tuesday, after a rock was thrown at their team bus, shattering one of the windows, governing body Cricket Australia (CA) said.
Players and staff were travelling from Barsapara Stadium back to their team hotel in the eastern city when the rock pierced the window on the right-hand side of the bus.
Call to use implants to wipe out doping
LONDON • Athletes should be fitted with microchips in the same way dogs are to help stamp out doping in the sport, says the head of an organisation representing more than 100,000 Olympians.
World Olympians Association chief executive Mike Miller, speaking in his personal capacity, told a conference in London on Tuesday that technology would soon allow an implant to detect performance-enhancing drugs.