Wellington - New Zealand pace bowler Kyle Mills has been ruled out of the Test squad to play South Africa next month because of a calf strain. Mills, who was returning to the national side for the first time since surgery for a knee injury in January, will be replaced by Iain O'Brien, Cricket New Zealand said today. 'The selectors are not satisfied that Kyle will be fit enough to leave with the Test team next week and decided today to remove him from the Test section of the tour,' New Zealand team manager Lindsay Crocker said.
Chicago - One US runner died during the Chicago Marathon on Sunday as heat and humidity forced organisers to shut down the course midway through the race. Chad Schieber (35), a police officer, collapsed and was pronounced dead at a Veteran's Affairs hospital.
London - Ajax Amsterdam confirmed yesterday that they have released coach Henk ten Cate, paving the way for him to work as assistant to Avram Grant at Chelsea. Chelsea held talks with the Dutch coach last week, but formal negotiations still have to be completed.
Brussels - The G14 group of Europe's most powerful clubs will ask government leaders of the European Union to disregard pleas by Uefa and Fifa to give them more autonomy.
Chicago - The top five men and women finishers at the Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, New York, world championships and Olympic Marathons will earn points in a $1-million (about R6,8-million), two-year series to crown the World Marathon Majors champion. The men's and women's champions will each win $500000 (about R3.4-million).
Vienna, - Williams' Austrian driver Alexander Wurz yesterday announced his retirement from Formula One, 10 years after his debut race for Benetton. The 33-year-old Austrian told his team's website: 'In such a hard fought environment as Formula One, I have always maintained that if you have a moment's doubt about what you are doing, then it is time to stop.
This year's Nedbank Soweto Marathon will be contested under the theme 'Championing Change'. Athletics South Africa (ASA) is working in partnership with Nedbank and the City of Johannesburg to present to the Soweto community a world- class event on Sunday November 4. 'ASA seeks to make a concrete and valid contribution towards addressing some of the major challenges afflicting sections of the Soweto community, especially among the youth,' said ASA president Leonard Chuene.
Nyon, Switzerland - Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings yesterday against Dida over an incident last week when the AC Milan goalkeeper fell to the turf claiming injury after being brushed by a Celtic fan. European soccer's governing body said it was investigating whether Dida acted 'according to the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship.' Uefa said that a charge had been opened against Celtic for not stopping a fan from running on to the field during the match.
Joburg Promusica is home to one of the only two remaining professional opera companies in South Africa. Through their Youth-at-Risk programme, children from local communities are getting opportunities to develop their musical talents - from brass and strings, to vocal and dancing; from classical and jazz, to rap and hip-hop. To raise funds for their productions and programmes, Promusica will host a golf day at Glenvista Country Club on November 13. The theme will be: 'Music on the golf course.' For details contact: Christine Lesenyeho at email@example.com, 076 733 0216 or (011).
Paris - Fiji flyhalf Seremaia Bai was cited yesterday for allegedly striking South Africa's Danie Rossouw during their Rugby World Cup quarterfinal Sunday. A hearing will be held this week. Bai contributed 10 points in Fiji's narrow 37-20 loss to South Africa. - Sapa-AP/AFP/Reuters