Lyon win at Valenciennes
Lyon opened up a three-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-0 win at Valenciennes on Friday. Gueida Fofana scored his first goal in the French top flight before Bafetimbi Gomis netted his 12th of the season to return Remi Garde’s side to the top of the table. The visitors went in front after just eight minutes at Stade du Hainaut as Fofana arrowed a crisp low strike past Nicolas Penneteau from 25m. Penneteau then repelled two stinging strikes from Gomis to keep Valenciennes within touching distance but the home goalkeeper was unable to thwart Gomis for a third time as he doubled Lyon’s advantage on 28 minutes. Alexandre Lacazette combined well Anthony Reveillere on the right flank before firing in a low cross that Gomis steered into the roof of the net.
All Black seeks help
All Blacks winger Zac Guildford will take an indefinite break from his Super 15 Canterbury Crusaders side as he seeks treatment for personal issues, officials said yesterday. Guildford, 23, who has a history of alcohol-related problems, is facing misconduct proceedings after an off-field incident earlier this month when he reportedly became involved in a brawl with a man at a party. The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) said he had decided to withdraw indefinitely from the Crusaders ahead of the Super 15 season to undergo an intensive treatment program. Guildford admitted to having alcohol issues when publicly reprimanded by the All Blacks’ management during the 2011 World Cup and two months later announced a 12-month drinking ban after he ran naked into a bar and allegedly punched two men.
Kohn receives shock call-up
Uncapped Harlequins lock Olly Kohn said it felt “surreal” to have been added to Wales’ squad for this season’s Six Nations following his shock call-up on Friday. The defending Grand Slam champions have been depleted by a series of second-row injuries with Alun-Wyn Jones, Luke Charteris and Bradley Davies all currently unavailable while Ian Evans is doubtful for the tournament opener at home to Ireland on Saturday because of a knee problem. That has led interim head coach Rob Howley, guiding Wales while Warren Gatland takes charge of the British and Irish Lions ahead of this year’s tour of Australia, to turn to Kohn. Although born in Bristol, England, the 31-year-old Kohn qualifies for his adopted country thanks to a late grandfather from the Rhymney Valley in south Wales.
Newcastle striker arrested
Newcastle striker Nile Ranger was bailed on Friday after being arrested on suspicion of rape. Ranger was questioned by Northumbria Police after being arrested following an allegation made by a woman that she was attacked at a hotel in Jesmond, Newcastle, earlier this week. A police spokeswoman said: “On Thursday Jan. 24 a woman reported to police that she had been raped overnight at a hotel in Jesmond. A 21-year-old man has been arrested at an address in Forest Hall on suspicion of rape.” Ranger was later bailed and a Newcastle United spokeswoman declined to comment. Ranger angered Newcastle fans last weekend by criticizing them for booing after Alan Pardew’s team lost to struggling Reading. He then went on to enrage supporters further by spelling his name out in ￡20 notes and posting a photo online.