Wed, Feb 21, 2007 - Page 7 News List

Sports Briefs


■ Rugby Union
Simon Webster ruled out

Scotland winger Simon Webster was ruled out of this weekend's Six Nations match against Italy with a left ankle injury. Webster was hurt while playing for Edinburgh on Friday. "Simon Webster won't make it this weekend. It's unfortunate for Simon but that's the way it goes," Scotland coach Frank Hadden said on Monday. "Nobody will be more disappointed than Simon because he was relishing the opportunity to get game time." Webster played as a replacement in Scotland's 21-9 win over Wales on Feb. 10 after returning from a two months out with a right ankle injury. He was expected to play in Saturday's match against Italy at Murrayfield.

■ Football

Chargers hire Turner

Norv Turner got his third shot at a NFL head coaching job when he was hired by the San Diego Chargers on Monday, a week after the surprise firing of Marty Schottenheimer. Turner, the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator, was the only one of the six candidates who's been a NFL head coach, and the only one who didn't work on the defensive side of the ball. He was fired by the Oakland Raiders in 2005 after going 9-23 in two seasons. He inherits a team that was a NFL-best 14-2 last season but melted down in its playoff opener, a 24-21 loss to the New England Patriots.

■ Cricket

Flowers rule out return

Brothers Andy and Grant Flower are still not interested in returning to the Zimbabwe cricket team as long as the present administration remains. The brothers were speaking on Monday after playing for the World XI against the West Indies All Stars as part of the reopening of Kensington Oval on Saturday. "I walked away because of the state of affairs and not much has changed," former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower said. "Since then it has gone further downhill. I don't believe things will change unless the government changes, so that's the stage we are at."

■ Horse Racing

Virus threatens HK season

Hong Kong's lucrative horse racing season faces shutdown after a highly contagious virus was found in one of the city's top stables, a report said yesterday. Four horses from trainer John Moore's stable were pulled from yesterday evening's races and put into isolation after they began showing symptoms of the virus, the South China Morning Post reported. The report didn't name the virus but said it had spread quickly throughout Moore's horses. Another five of Moore's horses and three ponies owned by Hong Kong racing's governing body, the Jockey Club, are also beginning to show symptoms, it said.

■ Soccer

United may play in Macau

English Premier League leaders Manchester United may play this summer in Macau in an exhibition match to celebrate the opening of a new casino resort, a news report said on Tuesday. The Red Devils, who have a massive Chinese fan base, are reportedly being targeted for a match in July or August to coincide with the opening of the US$3.2 billion Venetian Resort. Manchester United has already confirmed they will tour Asia this summer, visiting Japan and South Korea, and the club is due to announce full details of their four-stop tour later this week. Sources said that the team was likely to include Macau in its tour.

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