Southgate unsure over England job
LONDON • England's interim manager Gareth Southgate has cast doubt on whether he will accept a full-time position if it is offered by his Football Association employers.
"I think when you are in the position I am in, you need to be clear of what is being asked," he told a Football Journalism degree class at the University of Derby. "There is a big difference, for example, between being asked to take the team over the summer or to take the team for three years or take the team for a year and a half."
He has two more games in charge, having led the side to a 2-0 home win over Malta and a 0-0 draw against Slovenia in World Cup qualifiers.
Real forced to return $31.3m to city
MADRID • Real Madrid, one of the world's richest clubs, have returned €20.3 million (S$31.3 million) to Madrid's city council after the European Union (EU) said it constituted "illegal" state aid, city officials said on Friday.
In a statement, the city council said it would inform the European Commission it had received the sum in line with its obligation to recover the funds.
In July, the Commission ordered Real Madrid and seven other Spanish football clubs to return millions of euros resulting from tax breaks and overpriced land transfers which it said had given the clubs unfair advantages.
Pumas hit seven tries against Japan
TOKYO • Nicolas Sanchez, Matias Moroni and Santiago Cordero scored two tries apiece as a rampant Argentina thrashed an inexperienced Japan 54-20 in their rugby international yesterday.
Replacement scrum-half Tomas Cubelli scored Argentina's seventh try six minutes from time
Japan, featuring 13 uncapped players in coach Jamie Joseph's first game in charge since taking over from Eddie Jones, scored consolation tries through No. 8 Amanaki Lelei Mafi and debutant winger Lomano Lemeki.
Jockey Tylicki crippled from waist down
LONDON • German jockey Frederik Tylicki has been left paralysed from below the waist following a fall in a horrific four-horse pile-up earlier this week, the Injured Jockeys Fund revealed on Friday.
The 30-year-old, who is based in England and had a breakthrough season landing two Group One races with filly Speedy Boarding, has been hospitalised since the accident on Monday in a flat race in the south-west of London.