■ Briatore woos Alonso
Fernando Alonso has reportedly been offered a return to Renault, the Formula One team where he won the 2005 and last year's world championships. "I have presented a project for the future to Fernando," Renault boss Flavio Briatore was quoted as saying on Saturday on the Web site of Gazzetta dello Sport. "If his desires coincide with ours, it can happen." Alonso quit McLaren on Friday after only one season with the British team following clashes with boss Ron Dennis and teammate Lewis Hamilton. Alonso finished third overall, behind champion Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Hamilton.
■ Rugby League
Britain thrash New Zealand
Britain scored eight tries to beat New Zealand 44-0 on Saturday and clinch the three-match rugby league Test series with one game remaining. Seven different players touched down at the KC Stadium for Britain to win their first series since 1993, when they beat New Zealand 3-0. The score was also a record win for Britain over New Zealand, beating their 38-12 win over the Kiwis two years ago in Huddersfield, England. Britain began scoring after only 74 seconds when captain Jamie Peacock pushed through several Kiwi tackles for a try. Kevin Sinfield added the first of his five conversions.
Marquez defends title
Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez defended his World Boxing Council super featherweight title with a 12-round decision over US fighter Rocky Juarez in Tuscon, Arizona, on Saturday. Marquez (48-3-1 35 KOs) won on all three judges scorecards, 118-110, 117-111, 120-108. He is hoping his victory leads to a rematch with Filipino fireball Manny Pacquiao. Juarez (27-4, 19 KOs) suffered a cut over his left eye in the first round and couldn't stop the bleeding for the entire fight. Juarez won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. "I had great preparation for this fight," Marquez said. "I have worked very hard for four months, and now I want Manny Pacquiao, but he doesn't want to fight me."
■ Rugby union
White in talks with England
World Cup-winning South Africa coach Jake White has held talks with England rugby chiefs, his agent told the Sunday Times newspaper. White guided South Africa to a 15-6 victory over England in the World Cup final at the Stade de France in Paris on Oct. 20 and announced on Wednesday that he would quit his post next month, accusing Springbok bosses of bouncing him out of the job. "They [England] have been in touch," White's agent Craig Livingstone told the Sunday Times. "England are busy with the [post-World Cup] review process and then they will make a decision."
CS Sfaxien take first leg
Two goals in the first four minutes led Tunisians CS Sfaxien to a 4-2 win at Sudan's Al Merreikh in the first leg of the African Confederation Cup final on Saturday. Congolese international Lelo Mbele and Blaise Kouassi of the Ivory Coast scored early before Kouassi struck his ninth goal of this year's competition in the 18th minute to make it 3-0. Al Merreikh rallied in the second half with goals from Brazilian Paulino and captain Faisal Agab (penalty) but sandwiched inbetween was a fourth goal for Sfaxien by Mbele. The second leg in Tunisia is on Nov. 24.