Espanyol edge Mallorca
RCD Espanyol beat 10-man RCD Mallorca 3-2 at home in the Spanish league on Friday as the Barcelona-based side confirmed its turnaround under coach Javier Aguirre. Simao Sabrosa scored from a free-kick to give Espanyol the lead in the 17th minute, but Giovani Dos Santos equalized in the 35th and Javi Marquez put Mallorca ahead in the 42nd with a long-range volley. Joan Verdu started Espanyol’s comeback by making it 2-2 with a penalty kick after Samuele Longo was fouled by Jose Nunes in the area. Midfielder Raul Baena then drove in a loose ball to grab the winner in the 83rd two minutes after Mallorca’s Antonio Luna received his second booking. Espanyol’s victory lifted them into 14th place, while Mallorca stayed in the relegation zone.
Meltdown proves costly
Jerzy Janowicz’s on-court meltdown at the Australian Open is going to cost him. The Pole became irate over a line call during his second-round match against India’s Somdev Devvarman and repeatedly screamed at the chair umpire, spat on the court and hit the umpire’s chair with his racket. The tantrum went viral on YouTube with more than 750,000 views in two days. On Friday, he was fined US$2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Janowicz was incredulous when he learned that he had received a fine. “For sure I will not believe this because I didn’t say anything bad,” he said. “I didn’t do anything bad. I was just shouting. You get fined for shouting?” The fine is the highest of this year’s tournament so far, but it could have been worse. Last year, David Nalbandian received an US$8,000 fine for throwing water at a staff member at Melbourne Park after another disputed line call. Marcos Baghdatis, meanwhile, was penalized US$1,250 for smashing four rackets during a changeover at last year’s tournament.
Aussies call up Bird
Australian selectors have added fast bowler Jackson Bird to their one-day squad for today’s crucial clash against Sri Lanka in Sydney. Sri Lanka lead the five-match series 2-1 after a four-wicket win in Brisbane on Friday, bowling out Australia inside 27 overs for just 74. “Jackson Bird will join the squad as cover for the fourth Commonwealth Bank Series match in Sydney,” Cricket Australia said in a statement late on Friday. Bird, 26, yet to play in a one-day international, has made an impressive start to his Test career, taking seven wickets in his second Test against Sri Lanka earlier this month in Sydney to be named man of the match.
Sven snubs 1860 Munich
Ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has snubbed German second- division side 1860 Munich, just three days after it was announced the Swede would join the Bavarian outfit’s coaching staff. Eriksson, 64, had met the club’s board for seven hours on Tuesday before it was confirmed that he would work alongside coach Alexander Schmidt. However, 1860, who share the Allianz Arena with Bayern Munich, said on Friday that after a period of reflection, Eriksson had changed his mind. The club’s Jordanian investor Hasan Ismaik had wanted Erikkson appointed as head coach, but a compromise was reached for the Swede to work with Schmidt, who took charge in November. Eriksson had been working with Thai club Tero Sasana and his lengthy resume of former clubs includes Benfica, Roma, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Lazio and Manchester City.