Wales above England in Fifa world rankings
LONDON • Wales moved above their more illustrious neighbours England in Fifa's football world rankings for the first time yesterday. They are in ninth spot, one ahead of the English.
England, World Cup winners in 1966, dropped two places in the latest rankings while Wales stayed put.
The top seven spots remained unchanged with Argentina on top, Belgium second and 2014 World Cup champions Germany third.
Howard questioned over gun in luggage
HOUSTON • Houston Rockets centre Dwight Howard was detained by authorities at a Texas airport after trying to board a flight with a handgun in his carry-on luggage.
A Houston police spokesman said the gun was discovered on Friday by Transportation Security Administration officials at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Howard was questioned and the gun was seized by airport authorities before they allowed him to board a later flight. Police did not charge him with a crime.
Djilobodji not in Chelsea's Euro squad
LONDON • Chelsea have opted against including defender Papy Djilobodji, their surprise £2.7 million (S$5.8 million) deadline day signing from Nantes , in their squad for the group stage of this season's Champions League. The club have reached their limit of non "locally trained players" on their submitted A-list.
Uefa rules stipulate that participating clubs can name no more than 25 senior players in their squad , with a minimum of eight places reserved exclusively for "club trained" and "association trained" players.
Noble gets reprieve, red card rescinded
LONDON • West Ham United's Mark Noble can play against Newcastle United as soon as the international break is over after the English Football Association rescinded the red card he received against Liverpool.
He was sent off in the Hammers' 3-0 win at Anfield on Saturday for a challenge on Danny Ings despite the whistle already having being blown for an earlier foul, meaning his dismissal came when play was not active.