St Pauli beat Kaiserslautern
An own goal by Christian Tiffert gave St Pauli a 1-0 win over Kaiserslautern in the Bundesliga on Friday. Tiffert headed into his own net in the 48th minute to inadvertently help St Pauli end a six-game winless run. Both teams now have 17 points.
Gibbs’ contract canceled
The international career of South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs appeared over on Friday after his contract with Cricket South Africa (CSA) was canceled by mutual consent. Gibbs, whose last appearance for the national team was 10 months ago in a one-day international against India, launched his autobiography, To the Point, last month and alleged a clique led by captain Graeme Smith wielded huge power. “It has been decided that this is the best way forward for both parties,” CSA chief executive Gerald Majola said in a statement released on Friday in Johannesburg. “Because of the sensitivity of the matter as well as confidentiality agreements signed between the parties, the matter is now closed and there will be no further comments.” Gibbs recently quit first-class cricket to concentrate on limited-over formats after a 90-Test career that yielded 6,167 runs at an average of 41.95 and included two double centuries. The 36-year-old right-hander from Cape Town amassed 8,094 one-day runs in 248 matches at the average of 36.13 during a 14-year international career.
Liverpool keep pair
Liverpool youngsters Daniel Pacheco and Martin Kelly were given new long-term contracts with the Premier League club on Friday. Spanish forward Pacheco, 19, signed a two-year contract extension which keeps him at Anfield until June 2014, while England Under-21 defender Kelly, 20, agreed a three-year extension, which will also see him remain on Merseyside until 2014. Pacheco has featured just once as a substitute for Roy Hodgson’s team so far this season, but Kelly has been more heavily involved, starting two league games and eight Europa League ties.
Redknapp lets Keane go
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will allow Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane to leave White Hart Lane in the January transfer window. The 30-year-old, who was loaned out to Celtic for the second half of last season, has started just two games this campaign with Peter Crouch, Roman Pavyluchenko and Jermain Defoe all first choices. “I think he’d like to move — he wants to play,” Redknapp said. “He’s not used to not playing. All his career, he’s played and been a big player and he wants to play. He could sit here and take his wages, but that’s not him. It wasn’t easy when you respect somebody and what a good player he is or has been. It was hard, because he’s still a good player.”
Frozen pitch delays match
Manchester United’s away game at Blackpool yesterday was postponed because of a frozen pitch, the home club said on Friday. “[Match referee] Mr Peter Walton expressed concern that the severely affected areas of the playing surface would not thaw sufficiently for the game to be completed,” a statement on Blackpool’s Web site said. Meanwhile, United manager Alex Ferguson had good news about injured striker Michael Owen, who is back in training: “He’s doing very well. He took part in the football side of it yesterday, but I would say he’s two weeks away,” he said.
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