Clarke ruled out of tour
Captain Michael Clarke was yesterday ruled out of Australia’s one-day tour of India this month with his long-standing back problem needing further treatment. The star batsman was picked in the initial 14-man squad last month, but the injury has failed to show as much progress as expected, with George Bailey assuming responsibilities as skipper. “Michael Clarke has a long-standing low-back injury that requires ongoing management,” team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. “During the recent England ODI series his injury flared up again and has been slow to improve with his regular treatment regime. Michael will therefore not be available to play the upcoming India ODI series and will require a more extensive rehabilitation period before returning to competitive cricket.” Australia are due to play a seven-game series in India from Oct. 11, which will be coached by Steve Rixon while Darren Lehmann is rested. South Australia’s Callum Ferguson has been called up to replace Clarke.
Aussie issues challenge
Australian wine magnate Bob Oatley’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club have been confirmed as the Challengers of Record for the 35th America’s Cup, organizers said yesterday. Oatley and his son Sandy issued the challenge to the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) minutes after Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA beat Team New Zealand in a winner-takes-all race on San Francisco Bay last week. “We are delighted to have Hamilton Island Yacht Club and the Oatleys leading Australia back into the America’s Cup for the first time since 2000,” GGYC vice commodore and America’s Cup liaison Tom Ehman said in a statement. “Hamilton Island’s challenge was filed on the day Australia was celebrating the 30th anniversary of Australia II’s historic win in the 1983 Americas Cup off Newport, Rhode Island, which ended New York Yacht Club’s 132-year reign as the Cup’s defender.”
Rams appoint McClaren
Derby County hired former England manager Steve McClaren as their new head coach on Monday following the dismissal of Nigel Clough at the weekend. McClaren signed a three-year contract with the Championship club just 48 hours after Clough was surprisingly sacked in the aftermath of a 1-0 loss at local rivals Nottingham Forest which left the Rams seven points off the second tier play-off places. The 52-year-old’s appointment sees him return for a third spell at the club he served first as a player and then assistant to Jim Smith, who he helped to guide Derby to the Premier League in the 1995-1996 season. McClaren, who served as an assistant coach under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United from 1999 to 2001, had been working as an assistant at QPR under Harry Redknapp since the beginning of July following his sacking by Dutch club FC Twente in February.
Argentina call up Icardi
Lionel Messi’s injury has opened the international door to Inter forward Mauro Icardi, called up for the first time by Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella for their last two World Cup qualifiers. Argentina, who lead the South American group and have already qualified for the 2014 finals in Brazil, host Peru in Buenos Aires on Oct. 11 and visit Uruguay in Montevideo four days later. Messi suffered a hamstring injury playing for Barcelona at UD Almeria on Saturday and is expected to be out of action for up to three weeks.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on