Heskey signs with Jets
Former England international Emile Heskey will join Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero in Australia’s A-League this season after officially signing with the Newcastle Jets, the club said yesterday. The 34-year-old striker joins the Jets as their marquee player — whose salary is exempt from the salary cap — after 62 appearances for England and a total of 516 Premier League matches, scoring 110 goals in a 17-year career. In a significant signing for the developing A-League competition, Heskey, an FA Cup, Football League Cup and UEFA Cup winner, joins the Jets after playing for Aston Villa last season. “This is an exciting new period in my life and I am looking forward to making a special contribution to the A-League and most importantly, to the Jets,” Heskey said. Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said the signing was a “fantastic result for the Jets and for the A-League.”
Andy Wilkinson disciplined
Stoke City’s Andy Wilkinson has been handed a three-match suspension after the defender accepted a violent conduct charge following his clash with Manchester City star Mario Balotelli. Wilkinson caught Balotelli in the face with his elbow during last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium in an incident that was missed by referee Mark Clattenburg. After reviewing the video evidence, an independent Football Association disciplinary panel decided the 28-year-old had a case to answer. Stoke boss Tony Pulis confirmed the club would not appeal against the punishment, meaning Wilkinson will miss his side’s next three Premier League matches against Chelsea, Swansea City and Liverpool.
Suns’ Frye has heart problem
Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye has been diagnosed with an enlarged heart and will be sidelined until at least December, the NBA club announced on Thursday. Doctors discovered the condition during a routine echocardiogram and will monitor Frye ahead of a re-evaluation in December before allowing him to take part in basketball-related activities. Frye, who has spent the past three seasons with the Suns, is a 29-year-old three-point ace. Since joining the Suns, he has connected on 434 three-pointers, third-most in the NBA during that span. Frye averaged 10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 64 games last season. He had previous stints with New York and Portland.
Carter in All Blacks squad
Flyhalf Dan Carter has been named in New Zealand’s 28-man squad for the All Blacks’ Rugby Championship Tests in Argentina and South Africa and should be fit for the clash against the Pumas next week, coach Steve Hansen said yesterday. “Dan is recovering well from his calf injury and we are expecting him to be fit for selection for the Argentinian Test,” Hansen said in a statement. “However, to be on the safe side we are also taking Beauden Barrett as cover at five-eighth, alongside Aaron Cruden.” Carter, rated one of the world’s finest at the position, has been troubled by a calf strain that caused him to miss the All Blacks’ last two matches of the southern hemisphere tournament against Argentina and South Africa on home soil. Understudy Cruden stood in at the pivotal position and although initially struggling in the grinding victory over the Pumas at Wellington, was a more composed presence in the team’s tight win over the Springboks in Dunedin.