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Wie gets wild card place

Michelle Wie was selected as a wild card to make her Solheim Cup debut for the US on Sunday, while Catriona Matthew made Europe’s team after capturing the Women’s British Open. American captain Beth Daniel also picked Juli Inkster, who will make her eighth Solheim Cup appearance. Wie and Inkster will team up with Paula Creamer, Christie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Nicole Castrale, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel, Kristy McPherson, Christina Kim, Brittany Lincicome and Natalie Gulbis. Matthew is joined on the European team by Gwladys Nocera (France), Tania Elosegui (Spain), Diana Luna (Italy), Laura Davies (England), Sophie Gustafson (Sweden), Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Helen Alfredsson (Sweden), Maria Hjorth (Sweden), Becky Brewerton (Wales, wild card), Janice Moodie (Scotland, wild card) and Anna Nordqvist (Sweden, wild card).


Wilshere bags a brace

Teen star Jack Wilshere bagged a brace of goals on Sunday as Arsenal saw off Scottish champions Rangers 3-0 to lift the Emirates Cup. The 17-year-old scored the opener after just two minutes and then repeated the dose after Croatian international Eduardo had netted the second in the 11th minute. Earlier, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, beaten by Rangers the previous day, drew 1-1, with Maradona’s son-in-law Sergio Aguero netting for the Spaniards from the spot four minutes before the break after he was fouled by Albert Baning, before Ludovic Giuly leveled on 71 minutes. Not such good news for coach Arsene Wenger was having to withdraw French veteran William Gallas at the break after he took a knock to his right knee.


Villains lift Peace Cup

Aston Villa overcame Italian giants Juventus to win the Peace Cup on penalties on Sunday after both sides had failed to score at the end of extra-time. The Italians, who beat Real Madrid 2-1 in Friday’s semi-final, put Martin O’Neill’s up-and-coming team under intense pressure in a fast-paced game, played in the southern Spanish city of Seville, in which both sides failed to convert a host of chances. In the end, Carlos Cuellar scored for Villa, while Nicola Legrottaglie missed the last spot-kick to give the English Premier League side a 4-3 win on penalties.


Teen dies of head injuries

A 16-year-old boy who suffered severe head injuries in a rugby training session at a Queensland state high school has died in hospital, an official said yesterday. Lewis Moss, who died on Sunday, had been in a Brisbane hospital’s intensive care unit for 11 days after the injuries in a training accident on July 26 at the Christian Outreach College in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane. Moss, who went into cardiac arrest as a result of the accident, was placed in an induced coma, but his condition deteriorated at the weekend.


Pace man Caddick to retire

Former England fast bowler Andy Caddick on Sunday announced his retirement at the end of the season. The 40-year-old, who has 1,178 first-class wickets and 234 Test victims, said: “I’m 40 — it’s as simple as that. I wanted to call time while I was still physically and mentally strong, rather than playing on for the sake of it. Retirement had to be on my terms, not anyone else’s. Somerset are still in with a chance of winning the championship for the first time this season and that would be the perfect way for me to bow out.”

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