Forlan set to join Inter
Diego Forlan is to leave La Liga club Atletico Madrid after four seasons and will join Serie A side Inter, the Uruguay striker announced on Monday. A La Liga topscorer with both Villarreal and Atletico, the former Manchester United forward was voted best player at the World Cup finals in South Africa last year as Uruguay reached the last four. “Farewells are always hard, because it has been four years plus the three at Villarreal and now ... I will be leaving behind people’s kindness, which I will never forget,” Forlan said at a press conference in Madrid. “I am looking forward very much to rejuvenating myself, it’s all new and it’s where you find motivation because the challenges are greater. You don’t often get a chance to go to Inter at the age of 32 and I hope I can live up to the expectations.”
Santa Cruz loaned to Betis
Real Betis Balompie have signed out-of-favor Paraguay international Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City on a one-year loan, the recently promoted Spanish first division side said on Monday. The 30-year-old striker joined Manchester City from Blackburn Rovers in 2009, but he returned to Rovers during the second half of last season after struggling to a find a place in the first team. The player spent seven years at German giants Bayern Munich before joining Blackburn in 2007. Santa Cruz, capped 87 times, was part of the squad which reached the Copa America final this year, but he missed the defeat to Uruguay in the final because of injury.
Chandler to play in China
Denver Nuggets free agent Wilson Chandler is planning on playing in China during the upcoming season, a report said on Monday, where he will be reunited with his former NBA coach Jim Cleamons. ESPN sports said that the 24-year-old Chandler will suit up for Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association, as the NBA lockout drags on. Earlier this month, Chinese basketball officials said free-agent NBA players would be welcome if the league’s stoppage continues, but they would be forced to play an entire season in China. Chandler averaged 12.5 points and five rebounds in 21 games with Denver.
Manning cleared to train
Four-time MVP Peyton Manning, who has a team quarterback record 227 consecutive games, has been cleared by doctors to start practicing with the Indianapolis Colts. Manning, recovering from neck surgery in May, said he didn’t know if this would enable him to be ready in time for the Colts’ Sept. 11 season opener at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. “I have to be able to play competitively to play, because I have too much respect for this game,” he said. “I have to do what’s fair for the team.” Manning has started 227 regular and post-season games, the second-longest streak in NFL history for quarterbacks behind Brett Favre.
Woods to play in California
Tiger Woods said on Monday that he would play in the PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open in October to justify his early selection by US captain Fred Couples for the Presidents Cup. Last week, Couples said Woods would be one of his two wild-card picks for the Nov. 17 to Nov. 20 team competition in Australia, though he had urged the rusty former world No. 1 to compete in at least one more event before then. The Frys.com Open will be held from Oct. 6 to Oct. 9 at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California.