Owen too old: Perth Glory
Australian A-League club Perth Glory yesterday ruled out signing former England international Michael Owen because they want someone younger. Owen, 33, who scored 40 goals in 89 internationals for England and had stints with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United, is currently playing for Stoke City in the English Premier League. Glory coach Ian Ferguson said Owen’s representatives contacted the club, but the discussions did not go far. “Michael is a player who comes with a high pedigree, but it’s not the direction I want to take the club,” Ferguson said on the team’s Web site. “I am looking for a younger player and a player who has been playing more regularly. I have three or four irons in the fire that I am pursuing, which is good. In terms of Michael, there was contact from an agent if we were interested. It was discussed at a good level but I have made the decision he is not the player needed at Perth Glory.”
Clemons out for postseason
Seattle will have to continue their NFL postseason campaign without top pass rusher Chris Clemons, who tore a knee ligament in the Seahawks’ first-round win over the Washington Redskins. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed on Monday that the defensive end tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee a day earlier in Washington. “He will have to have surgery,” Carroll said. “So we’ll miss him, which is a big loss for us in a lot of ways. Chris has been a great football player. He’s been just a symbol of consistency for the years we’ve had him. He’s been a great leader for us, too, and just a tough dude.” Clemons, 31, recorded a team-best 11.5 sacks this season and his absence will be felt when the Seahawks travel to Atlanta to face the National Conference top seeds Atlanta on Sunday in the second round of the playoffs.
Donald to star in Open
World No. 2 Luke Donald will star for the first time in this year’s US$2.75 million Maybank Malaysian Open golf tournament, organizers said yesterday. The 35-year-old former world No. 1 is determined to regain the top title this year from Rory Mcllroy. Mcllroy was one of his teammates in Europe’s thrilling success at the 2012 Ryder Cup. Donald, who won the Money Lists on both sides of the Atlantic in 2011, has accrued seven European Tour titles, including back-to-back success in the tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. The Englishman was also part of the Ryder Cup European Team on four occasions, the last being last year.
Rayo crush Getafe 3-1
Rayo Vallecano de Madrid stayed in the hunt for a European qualification place when club captain Piti struck twice in a 3-1 win at home to Madrid rivals Getafe on Monday. The victory at a chilly Estadio de Vallecas lifted Rayo above Valencia and Real Sociedad into seventh and they are two points behind sixth-placed Levante, who occupy the second of Spain’s two Europa League berths. Lass Bangoura fired Rayo ahead in the 14th minute when he played the ball into space and nipped between two defenders before crashing an angled shot into the roof of the net. Piti made it 2-0 14 minutes later with a fine left-foot volley across Getafe goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya and found the net again seven minutes into the second half when he slammed home a Leo Baptistao center.