Frings ruled out until 2008
German international midfielder Torsten Frings will be out for the rest of the year after aggravating the same knee injury which kept him out for three months at the start of the season. The 30-year-old Werder Bremen star faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines after a scan revealed he had damaged the same right knee ligaments he ruptured at the beginning of July. Frings -- capped 66 times and the scorer of nine international goals -- will miss Germany's remaining Euro 2008 qualifier games against Cyprus and Wales later this month.
Torre joins LA Dodgers
Joe Torre was hired on Thursday to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking the job two weeks after walking away from the New York Yankees. The most successful manager in Major League Baseball playoff history, Torre signed a three-year, US$13 million contract. The Dodgers finished fourth in the National League's West Division this season and have only one playoff victory since winning the 1988 World Series under Tom Lasorda. Torre will be introduced at a news conference on Monday at Dodger Stadium. He succeeds Grady Little, who resigned on Tuesday after two seasons and with a year remaining on his contract.
World Cup draw announced
The draw for the second round of qualification for Asian teams for the 2010 FIFA World Cup has paired Hong Kong with Turkmenistan while Syria, who are the highest seeded team in the second round, take on Indonesia. ASEAN champions Singapore play AFC Challenge Cup champions Tajikistan and Thailand were drawn against Yemen. The teams will play each other at home and away with the opening fixtures on Friday and the return legs on Nov. 18. The winners will progress to the third round where they will join Iran, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and 11 other sides who received a bye after earning first round victories.
Scandal-hit coach resigns
A California high school coach resigned on Thursday amid accusations that he was involved in improperly recruiting players from American Samoa. Franklin High School head coach Tom Verner sent in his resignation letter to the Stockton Unified School District after local sports authorities dealt the school's football program the so-called "death penalty," a sanction that will prohibit the school from fielding a football team until 2010. It is believed to be the harshest punishment in the history of high school sports in the US, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Local sports authorities allege an assistant coach working for Verner improved the team's standing by improperly recruiting more than a dozen players from American Samoa and offering them housing in Stockton, 80km south of Sacramento.
Boozing players banned
Four leading South Korea players were banned from the national team for a year by the Korean Football Association yesterday for drinking and cavorting in a brothel during this year's Asian Cup. The players -- Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-guk, captain Lee Woon-jae, Kim Sang-sik and Woo Sung-yong -- were named in news reports as drinking until the early hours at a Jakarta brothel the day before a 2-1 loss to Bahrain in July. Lee Woon-jae must also serve 80 hours of community service, with the other players to perform 40 hours.