Argentina coach resigns
Santiago Phelan resigned as coach of the Argentine rugby team with immediate effect on Monday, ending a five-year spell in charge, the Argentine Rugby Federation (UAR) announced. The 39-year-old — who guided the Pumas to the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals after succeeding Marcello Loffreda — had been widely expected to step down when his contract came to an end in December last year. UAR spokesman Rafael Laria said that Phelan would not take charge of Argentina’s Test matches next month, which see them play England at Twickenham on Nov. 9, Wales a week later at the Millennium Stadium and Italy in Rome on Nov. 23.
Teenager joins Toro Rosso
Russian teenager Daniil Kvyat is to race in Formula One next season after the Toro Rosso team named him on Monday as the surprise replacement for departing Australian Daniel Ricciardo. The announcement means Russia could have two drivers on the starting grid when the country hosts its first Grand Prix in Sochi next year. Sauber are already planning to bring little-known 18-year-old Sergey Sirotkin into their lineup, providing he can obtain a superlicence, as part of a deal with the Swiss team’s new Russian backers. Toro Rosso said in a statement that 19-year-old Kvyat, who has been competing in the Formula Three and GP3 support series, would partner Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne at the Red Bull-owned team.
Bradford, Wayne injured
St Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne will miss the remainder of the National Football League season with knee injuries, their teams said on Monday. Both were injured in Sunday’s games. “An MRI conducted late Sunday evening confirmed that Bradford suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament [ACL],” the Rams said on their Web site. Bradford, 25, suffered the injury when he was shoved near the sideline during the Rams’ loss to the Carolina Panthers. Wayne, Indianapolis’ top receiver with 38 catches for 503 yards and two touchdowns, tore his right ACL during Sunday’s win over Denver, the Colts said. Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears are expected to be without quarterback Jay Cutler for at least a month. “Cutler is expected to miss at least four weeks with a torn groin muscle,” the team said on their Web site. Cutler was injured during Chicago’s loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday. He will be replaced by Josh McCown. The Philadelphia Eagles also lost quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday. The Eagles confirmed on Monday that Foles sustained a concussion in Dallas’ victory and must go through the league’s post-concussion protocol before returning to action.
‘Sugar’ Mosley calls off fight
Legendary US boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley yesterday called off his fight with former world middleweight champion Anthony Mundine in a row over money. The pair were due to face off in Sydney today, but Mosley pulled out just hours ahead of the weigh-in, leaving Mundine devastated. “I’m very disappointed with this turn of events because I was planning on making a big statement by beating Mundine, but I was left with no choice but to withdraw,” Mosley said in a statement. Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer said his fighter had no other option after the remaining US$700,000 of his US$1 million purse was not paid as required under the terms of the contract by 5pm on Monday.