Player dies in Las Vegas
An Australian Rules footballer who died while on holiday in Las Vegas had jumped onto a palm tree from the roof of a four-story building, witnesses have told authorities. Port Adelaide midfielder John McCarthy, 22, died in what appeared to be a tragic accident over the weekend in the US, where he was on an end-of-season holiday. Officials said that McCarthy had ended up at the Flamingo casino very early in the morning alone and in a disoriented state after leaving a nightclub, finding himself on a mezzanine roof of the building. “The evidence is suggesting that he’s jumped off that wall to a palm tree,” said Australian police officer Stuart Bailey, who had spoken with the local coroner’s office about the death. “Maybe he’s been disoriented about how much the fall was, slipped and has fallen to the ground.” McCarthy played eight games for Collingwood last year, but made the move to Port Adelaide this year, playing 21 of the 22 games this season.
Matsui joins Slavia Sofia
Japan midfielder Daisuke Matsui has joined Bulgarian first-division side Slavia Sofia, the club said. The 31-year-old, who helped Japan reach the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, had signed a contract until June next year, Sofia said on their official Web site. Matsui made his name in France with Le Mans before spells with AS Saint-Etienne, Grenoble and Russia’s Tom Tomsk. He returned to France to play for Dijon last year, but saw limited playing time, due in part to injuries.
Ireland beat Oman 4-1
Robbie Brady marked his Republic of Ireland debut by scoring one goal and setting up two more in a comfortable 4-1 friendly international win over Oman at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on Tuesday. Manchester United winger Brady — who has yet to play a senior match for the English giants — last week became the Republic’s record goalscorer at Under-21 level. Oman did get a goal in the 72nd minute when Eid al-Farsi struck after losing his marker. Ireland had the final say when Alex Pearce, from 10m out, headed in substitute Aiden McGeady’s cross.
Cavendish wins third stage
Team Sky rider Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish to take the third stage of the Tour of Britain from Jedburgh to Dumfries on Tuesday. Cavendish, last year’s world road race champion, got his stage win after the peloton, led by Team Sky colleagues Jeremy Hunt and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, had reeled in the breakaway group heading into the final 2km. Cavendish took advantage of their efforts to sprint clear to take the stage. Second place was enough for Australian Howard, who won on Monday, to claim the overall leader’s Gold jersey, with Aidis Kruopis of Orica third.
Genia out for six months
Australia scrumhalf Will Genia has undergone a full reconstruction of his right knee after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament during the Wallabies’ 26-19 defeat of South Africa over the weekend, the team said yesterday. The surgery at a Brisbane clinic went well, but Genia’s expected recovery time remained a minimum six months, the team said in a statement. The Papua New Guinean-born 24-year-old, rated one of the finest scrumhalves in the world, has been replaced by Nick Phipps for the Wallabies’ first tournament match against Argentina in the Gold Coast on Saturday.