Teams fined for fan violence
UEFA has fined five clubs for fan violence during the third qualifying round of the Champions League. Belgian side Anderlecht was fined 20,000 Swiss francs (US$16,800) by Europe's governing body and Istanbul team Fenerbahce was ordered to pay 8,000 francs. Supporters hurled objects at each other toward the end of the Aug. 29 match, which the Turkish team won 2-0. Serie A club Lazio, which beat Dinamo Bucharest 3-1, was fined 12,000 francs, while the Romanians received a penalty of 9,000 francs -- both for "improper conduct of supporters," UEFA said.
Vanuatu beat Solomons
Vanuatu progressed to the next stage of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers with a 2-0 win over the Solomon Islands on Friday in the bronze medal playoff of the Oceania Confederation World Cup qualifying tournament. Vanuatu and Fiji have qualified for a second tournament, a four-country event that includes New Zealand. Seule Soromon scored three minutes into injury time at the end of the first half when he was left unmarked by loose defending in the penalty area. Five minutes into the second half, Francois Sakama gave Vanuatu a 2-0 lead with a volley into the top right corner from the edge of the area.
Player suspended for murder
Henri Hendricks, a quarterback for the University of New Hampshire college team, was suspended from the team after being charged in connection with the murder of a pro surfer. The 21-year-old Hendricks was also charged with assault and battery in the beating death of San Diego-based surfer Emery Kauanui, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Hendrick, who is to appear in a California court tomorrow, was suspended from the team on Friday. Police said Kauanui was beaten to death at his home in San Diego on May 24. Kauanui died a few days later. Hendricks was not arrested immediately after the beating, but gave a statement to police a few days later.
England call up Anderson
England called pace bowler James Anderson into its squad for this month's Twenty20 World Cup as a replacement for allrounder Ravi Bopara. Bopara broke his thumb while blocking a shot as he bowled in last week's one-day international against India. Anderson has played well in the one-day series, which is tied 3-3 with one match to play, but holds the record for the most expensive bowling figures in a Twenty20 international. His four overs against Australia in January went for 64 runs. Allrounder Dimitri Mascarenhas, who hit sixes off each of the last five balls in Wednesday's sixth one-day match, could have replaced Bopara but he may end up coming in for Andrew Flintoff, who is struggling with a left ankle problem.
Taipei soccer called off
Today's scheduled matches in the Tavern Premier League at the Yingfeng Sports Park have been canceled because of a waterlogged pitch. The games between Celts FC and Taipei Black Stars FC, Carnegies Taipei and JFC, Shane FC against Taipei Animals and Da'an Cartel FC versus Taipei Football Club will now be played next Sunday, weather permitting.