Third-minute goal for Sterling on City debut
MELBOURNE • Raheem Sterling made an instant impression on his Manchester City debut, scoring in the third minute of the club's shootout win over AS Roma in a pre-season friendly yesterday.
The 20-year-old scored after receiving a through-ball from Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart secured victory with two fine saves in the shootout as City prevailed 5-4 on spot-kicks after the teams drew 2-2.
Laos to examine claim of player trafficking
BANGKOK• The Laos football federation pledged yesterday to investigate a local club over allegations teenage African players were trafficked to the country and forced to sign contracts without adequate pay.
The probe follows a BBC report quoting teenage players alleging that they were forced to live in miserable conditions at an academy run by Champasak United, a club based in the southern Laos city of Pakse.
Herrera unhappy over treatment of Mexico
MEXICO CITY• Miguel Herrera, coach of Mexico, says his team are the biggest draw at the Concacaf Gold Cup in the United States but have not been given the treatment he feels they deserve. Yesterday, he criticised the conditions under which his team were forced to travel from New York to Atlanta for today's semi-final against Panama at the Georgia Dome.
Ginobili signs up for 14th Spurs season
NEW YORK• The San Antonio Spurs have re-signed 37-year-old guard Manu Ginobili, the National Basketball Association team announced yesterday.
This will be his 14th campaign with the Spurs. He has won four NBA titles with San Antonio and is the franchise's all-time leader in three-pointers (1,272).
Tomic could regain berth for Davis Cup
MELBOURNE • Australian tennis officials yesterday suggested that they want to clear the air with Bernard Tomic and reinstate their estranged No. 1 into the Davis Cup team for the semi-final against Britain.
The controversial world No. 29 was booted off the team before the quarter-final win over Kazakhstan on Sunday for publicly criticising Tennis Australia (TA) officials in an extraordinary tirade at Wimbledon.
He was arrested in Miami last week after holding a noisy party at a penthouse suite in his hotel and the 22-year-old later said he was still "in a fight" with TA and had no intention of making peace.
McClean in hot water over anthem action
LONDON • West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has rebuked controversial Irish midfielder James McClean for not respecting the British national anthem before a friendly match in the United States.
Before West Brom's game against Charleston Battery in South Carolina, both teams turned towards the national flags during the anthems, but McClean turned away and stood with his head down.
He had previously caused a stir in 2012 when playing for Sunderland by refusing to wear a poppy on his shirt ahead of Remembrance Sunday.