Watson still doubtful
Australia allrounder Shane Watson remained in doubt for the first Ashes Test against England after a less-than-convincing performance at training yesterday at the Gabba. Watson gave his strained right hamstring a gentle test by running laps and doing some light sprint work for 45 minutes before bowling three overs in the nets. The 25-year-old Watson then left training with team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris to undergo further scans on his injury. A Cricket Australia spokesman said Watson ran at about 70 percent capacity yesterday and would train with the squad today.
Asashoryu ousts Kokkai
Grand champion Asashoryu dispatched Kokkai yesterday and took sole possession of the lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan. Fighting in the day's final bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Asashoryu of Mongolia improved to 9-0 when he quickly got both arms around Kokkai, twisting the winless komusubi off balance before pushing him off the ring. Asashoryu, the only grand champion competing in sumo, is aiming to capture his 19th Emperor's Cup in the 15-day tourney. In another major bout, ozeki Chiyotaikai used his trademark arm thrusts to the neck to send Kisenosato out to improve to 8-1.
Mexico, Jamaica win
Mexico defeated Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 and Jamaica beat Panama 2-0 in Women's Gold Cup soccer quarter-finals on Sunday. First-half goals from Patricia Perez and Monica Gonzalez were enough for Mexico, which advanced to a semi-final against the two-time defending champion US team tomorrow. The US and Canada, which will meet Jamaica in the other semi-final, earned byes into the final four. Dominguez scored Mexico's third goal in the 66th minute. Trinidad hardly tested Mexico goalkeeper Sophia Perez and created only two shots on goal. Audia Sullivan's early goal for Jamaica stood up, while Venicia Reid's score put away Panama for good. Jamaica still has not allowed a goal in six Gold Cup matches and has outscored opponents 38-0.
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Gregan praises Giteau
Australia scrumhalf Matt Giteau received praise yesterday from George Gregan, the man whose place in the Wallabies team he is currently occupying. Giteau, normally a center, played in the Wallabies' 21-6 defeat by Ireland on Sunday, his third Test at No. 9 on Australia's European tour. "Matt's done really, really well there," Gregan told reporters in Adelaide. "He's got a history of playing that position, and he's just a really world-class player, he's played 10 and 12 and then gone to nine, so they're totally different skill sets and he's adapted really well," Gregan said.
Soriano nears huge contract
Free agent Alfonso Soriano and the Chicago Cubs reached a preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract worth about US$136 million, a Major League Baseball official said on Sunday. The deal is contingent on Soriano passing a physical, according to the official, who asked that his name not be used because the deal had not yet been announced. If completed, it would be the fifth-largest total package given to a major league player, behind Alex Rodriguez (US$252 million for 10 years), Derek Jeter (US$189 million for 10 years), Manny Ramirez (US$160 million for eight years) and Todd Helton (US$141.5 million for 11 years).
Singh bags Asian Tour title