Spanish court drops Neymar fraud case
MADRID • Spanish investigators yesterday dropped a fraud and corruption case against Brazilian footballer Neymar and his father in relation to the player's 2013 transfer to Barcelona.
The case had been brought by the Brazilian investment fund DIS, former owner of the rights of the player, now 24, and who moved to the Nou Camp from Santos in his homeland three years ago.
Bielsa quits as Lazio manager after 2 days
ROME • Former Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa has pulled out of coaching Lazio in a shock move 48 hours after his appointment which the Serie A club said could result in legal action.
With pre-season training about to begin, Simone Inzaghi will step into the vacant position.
Cech calls it a day for the Czech Republic
PRAGUE • Veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced his retirement from international football after a record 124 games for the Czech Republic over an eventful 14-year career.
"I would hate to end up in a situation when I would start feeling tired midway through a qualifying campaign," the 34-year-old said yesterday. "I like to do things at a 100 per cent. The decision is final."
Fury sets Klitschko rematch date
LONDON • Controversial British world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury claims his postponed rematch against Wladimir Klitschko, whom he sensationally beat last November, will take place on Oct 29.
The 27-year-old tweeted that his WBA, WBO and IBO belts, which previously belonged to Klitschko, will be on the line when he faces up to the veteran Ukrainian in Manchester.
Racing car owner Haas dies at 86
CHICAGO • Carl Haas, who partnered actor Paul Newman to back auto racing icon Mario Andretti, has died in his suburban Chicago home, his automotive business announced on Thursday. He was 86.
Haas' drivers won 16 championships and 140 races in a multitude of series worldwide, achieving his greatest success in IndyCars, where his racers won 107 races and eight season crowns.