LONDON - Robin van Persie will play no part in Manchester United's busy holiday programme after being ruled out for a month with a thigh injury, manager David Moyes said on Friday.
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PARIS - Monaco were exempted from a super tax on salaries exceeding one million euros on Friday just hours after being told they would have to make the payment.
LONDON - German Adrian Sutil will drive for Sauber next season, the Formula One team said on Friday, replacing Nico Hulkenberg who moved in the opposite direction to Force India last week.
- India will go into next week's first test against South Africa with no preparation time in the middle after their only warm-up fixture against an Invitational XI in Benoni was abandoned on Friday without a ball being bowled.
PERTH - Australia's Steve Smith scored a brilliant century to help wrest control of the third Ashes test back from a revitalised England on a sweltering opening day at the WACA on Friday.
LONDON - Roberto Soldado reminded Tottenham Hotspur fans why the club paid 26 million pounds ($42.45 million) for him with a hat-trick on Thursday, but the Spanish striker could still find himself back on the bench for Sunday's clash with Liverpool.
World number one Magnus Carlsen toppled local favourite Viswanathan Anand in Chennai to add the world championship title to his already impressive resume on Friday.