MELBOURNE - SANZAR has written to the Japan Rugby Football Union seeking clarity about the players signed to the new Super Rugby franchise amid concerns about the team's participation in the southern hemisphere provincial competition.
- English Premier League veterans Tim Howard and Geoff Cameron were named on Sunday as part of a 23-man U.S. squad for upcoming friendlies against Peru and Brazil.
MILAN - Italian champions Juventus have lost their first two league games of the season for the first time after they were outplayed and had a man sent off in a 2-1 defeat at AS Roma on Sunday.
LONDON - Swansea City are becoming a force in the Premier League after maintaining their unbeaten start with am impressive come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Manchester United, manager Garry Monk said.
AMSTERDAM - Ajax Amsterdam's Anwar El Ghazi kept up his early season scoring form with two more goals in a 4-0 win over ADO Den Haag that took them clear at the top of the Dutch league on Sunday.
LONDON - Manchester City have bolstered their midfield ranks with the signing of highly-rated Belgian Kevin de Bruyne from VfL Wolfsburg on a six-year contract, the twice Premier League champions said on Sunday.
BERLIN - Bayern Munich have signed 19-year-old talented attacking midfielder Kingsley Coman on a two-year loan deal from Italy's Juventus, the German club said on Sunday.
LONDON - Liverpool's Lazar Markovic has joined Turkish side Fenerbahce on a season-long loan having failed to secure regular first-team football at Anfield, the Premier League club said on Sunday.