Terry quits internationals
Former England captain John Terry dramatically quit international soccer on Sunday, fewer than 24 hours before a Football Association hearing into allegations he racially abused Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand. Chelsea skipper Terry, 31, said the FA had made his position “untenable” after he had already been cleared of criminal charges emanating from the controversy which rocked the game in October last year. “I am today announcing my retirement from international football,” Terry said in a statement. “I would like to thank the England managers who have selected me for my 78 caps. I have had great pleasure in sharing that honor with all the players that I’ve played with.” Central defender Terry has always denied using a racist slur against Ferdinand during a Premier League match and was cleared of criminal charges relating to the incident by a London court in July. The criminal action had to prove Terry’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt, but the judge ruled the prosecution had not proved their case to that standard. An FA panel is set to consider the claims resulting from the match, but it has a lower burden of proof based on the balance of probabilities.
Twente win six out of six
Twente’s best league start in 44 years continued on Sunday when the Dutch leaders made it six wins out of six by edging SC Heerenveen 1-0. Dusan Tadic converted a 59th-minute penalty to hand Steve McClaren’s side another three points against winless Heerenveen. PSV Eindhoven scored three second-half goals to brush aside Feyenoord 3-0. The home side, without the suspended Mark van Bommel, took control just past the hour when Ola Toivonen scored with a curling shot from long range. Former Feyenoord player Georginio Wijnaldum doubled the lead with a close-range header, before Luciano Narsingh netted a rebound. Ryan Babel scored his first goal since rejoining Ajax, his second-half equalizer earning a 1-1 draw at ADO Den Haag, who had led through Tom Beugelsdijk.
Spartak move up to sixth
Spartak Moscow clinched a confident 3-1 win over visitors Rostov on Sunday, with Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike grabbing two goals. Spartak moved into sixth spot in the Russian Premier League with 16 points from nine matches, five points behind leaders CSKA Moscow. Spartak took the lead in the 27th minute when Emenike fired the ball home from long range. In the 64th minute, Brazilian midfielder Ari scored with a powerful shot from the edge of the area, before Emenike made it 3-0 in the 79th minute. Striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle netted Rostov’s consolation goal on a counterattack with two minutes remaining. In Sunday’s other match, two-time champions Rubin Kazan clinched a narrow 1-0 win over Kuban Krasnodar.
Benfica held by Academica
SL Benfica were held to a 2-2 draw at Academica de Coimbra on Sunday, leaving them two points behind Portuguese leaders Porto. Striker Salim Cisse gave 10-man Academica the lead with a penalty in the 26th minute after Maxi Pereira fouled Makelele in the area. Academica’s Rodrigo Galo was sent off for a hand ball in the 50th minute and Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo equalized from the resulting spot-kick. Wilson Eduardo put the hosts back in front with another penalty in the 70th minute following Ezequiel Garay’s foul on Helder Cabral, but Lima netted four minutes from time to salvage Benfica a point.