Kaka looks set to be picked by Brazil for their friendly against Iraq today, in what would mark his return to the national team for the first time since the 2010 World Cup. The Real Madrid midfielder practiced among the usual starters Tuesday, playing alongside playmaker Oscar and strikers Hulk and Neymar ahead of the match in Sweden. Coach Mano Menezes has hinted that Kaka would get a chance in midfield, even though Chelsea’s Oscar has recently taken over as the team’s playmaker. Kaka was picked for some friendlies last year, but was ruled out due to injuries. His last game was Brazil’s elimination in the World Cup quarterfinals. Menezes also used Adriano to replace Daniel Alves, who dropped out from the squad because of a left thigh injury.
‘Sunny’ Sytch arrested
A former WWE wrestler has been arrested in Connecticut for a fourth time in weeks on charges stemming from domestic violence cases. Branford police say 39-year-old Tamara Sytch, who was known in the ring as “Sunny,” was arrested Monday when officers say they found her drunk and asleep in her former home. A court order banned her from being in the Branford residence. Sytch was arrested three times last month on charges including third-degree strangulation, disorderly conduct and violating a protective order. The new charges include third-degree criminal mischief. Bail was set at US$25,000. The WWE says Sytch was last under contract in 1998. It said after her arrests last month that it paid for three rehabilitation stints for her and will continue to help her if she wants it.
Tyson obtains Aussie visa
Australia granted Mike Tyson a visa yesterday, one week after New Zealand barred the former heavyweight boxing champion from entering that country due to his 1992 rape conviction. Officials carefully weighed the pros and cons of his visit and of his character given his criminal past before making the decision, said Cian Manton, a spokeswoman for Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship. She said he was warned the privilege could be revoked if he broke any laws. He was scheduled to visit both countries on the “Day of the Champions” tour to give inspirational talks about overcoming adversity in his life. New Zealand immigration authorities initially granted him a visa before a charity withdrew its support and officials reversed their decision.
Fellaini out with injury
Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been sidelined for three weeks with a knee injury and will miss Belgium’s World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Scotland. The influential 24-year-old was injured during Saturday’s Premier League match against Wigan Athletic and is to recuperate in Belgium, his country’s soccer association said. “Fellaini suffered a small tear at the juncture of muscle and tendon in the knee. The injury was revealed during a scan,” a statement on the Belgian FA Web site said. “Fellaini was injured last Saturday during the match between his club Everton and Wigan Athletic. He will be out three weeks. It has been agreed with his club Everton FC he will rehabilitate in Belgium during this period,” the Belgian FA added. Belgium play Serbia in Belgrade tomorrow before they take on Scotland in Brussels on Tuesday. The Belgians are second in Group A, behind Serbia on goal difference, on four points after two matches.