Wambach bows out in friendly loss to China
NEW ORLEANS • Abby Wambach, the most prolific goalscorer of all time in international football, bowed out of the game in defeat on Wednesday when the United States women's team lost 0-1 to China to end an unbeaten run of 104 matches on home soil.
Despite the best efforts of her American team-mates to get the ball to her in the friendly played in front of 32,950 fans in New Orleans, she had only a few half-chances to add to her 184 international goals.
"I think it's kind of appropriate I lost my last game," said the 35-year-old.
"Today wasn't about winning. Today was about celebrating a long career and almost the end of an era."
Spurs get okay to build new stadium
LONDON • Tottenham Hotspur's revised plans for a new 61,000-seater stadium have been given the green light by the local council with the Premier League club hoping to be playing in it from the start of the 2018-19 season.
The stadium, costing around £400 million (S$844 million) will be built adjacent to the north London club's present White Hart Lane ground where they have been since 1899.
The new stadium will become the largest home ground in London and will feature a 17,000-capacity single-tier end - the biggest of its kind in Britain.
Otago mum on likely loss of coach to Japan
WELLINGTON • Super Rugby champions Otago Highlanders issued a terse "no comment" yesterday in response to media reports linking coach Jamie Joseph with the vacant position in charge of the Japan national team.
Japan are in the market for a new head coach after Eddie Jones, who guided them to an unprecedented three wins at the recent Rugby World Cup, left to join South Africa's Stormers. Jones has since been poached to lead England through to the next World Cup in 2019, which will be hosted by Japan.
Russia's anti-doping watchdog team quits
MOSCOW • The entire management of Russia's scandal-hit anti-doping watchdog, Russian Anti-Doping Agency, has resigned, R-Sport news agency reported yesterday.
Among those who resigned was the agency's acting director, Nikita Kamayev, R-Sport said.