Wicketkeeper Tom Blundell has replaced the injured Luke Ronchi in New Zealand's one-day squad for their Chappell-Hadlee series against Australia that starts on Jan 30. Blundell, who was brought into the Twenty20 squad for the final match against Bangladesh earlier this month when Ronchi got injured, was the only newcomer in the ODI squad. Having Tom Latham as an option gives the squad flexibility and allows us the chance to play an extra bowling option.
Liverpool defender Joel Matip has finally been cleared by FIFA to resume playing for the Premier League club after he declined to represent Cameroon at the African Nations Cup. FIFA rules state that a player who refuses an international call-up cannot be selected for his club side. Liverpool said in a statement on Friday that all charges against the club and player had been dismissed by FIFA.
Senegal's blistering first 14 minutes against Zimbabwe saw it race into the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations on Thursday. The Senegalese, who have never won the African Cup despite sending droves of talented players to Europe, head for the quarters. In Thursday's first game, Algeria was as woeful in defense as Senegal was wonderful in attack in those decisive periods in their matches. There are mistakes every day in football, every weekend in the big or small teams, Algeria defender Djamel Mesbah said.
American journeyman Hudson Swafford, seeking his first PGA Tour title, continued to reap the benefits of hard work on his swing as he earned a one-shot lead after Friday's second round of the $5.8 million CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. PGA Tour rookie Bozzelli, the only player in the field to go bogey-free after 36 holes, fired a 67 at La Quinta Country Club where South Korea-born Lee returned an eight-birdie 64.
LIBREVILLE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Holders Ivory Coast will have to win their last group game at the African Nations Cup if they are to continue their title defence after being held again on Friday. The Ivorians are third and face the Moroccans next Tuesday as they bid to reach next weekend's quarter-finals. Ivorian captain Geoffroy Serey Die snatched a second-half equaliser with a deflected shot to keep their chances alive.
West Ham United have captured Portugal's Euro 2016 winner Jose Fonte from Southampton on a 2-1/2-year contract for eight million pounds ($9.89 million), the London club said on Friday. The central defender, who has the option to sign for another season, had not featured for Southampton since handing in a transfer request earlier this month. He moved to Crystal Palace from Benfica in 2007 and joined Southampton in 2010, making 288 appearances, including 154 in the Premier League.
Nice's Ligue 1 title challenge continued to stall as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Bastia despite playing against 10 men after Yannick Cahuzac was sent off just past the hour on Friday. Champions Paris St Germain will also move within a point of Nice if they beat Nantes away on Saturday. Nice striker Mario Balotelli returned after suspension but they were still without Morocco playmaker Younes Belhanda, who is missing the African Nations Cup because of a toe injury.
Wantaway striker Saido Berahino finally ended his unhappy stay at West Bromwich Albion by joining fellow Premier League club Stoke City on a 5-1/2 year deal for 12 million pounds ($14.85 million) on Friday. Stoke beat off competition from top-flight rivals Watford and West Ham United to sign Berahino, whose relationship with West Brom soured after a bid from Tottenham Hotspur was rejected on transfer deadline day in 2015.
David Miller smashed a quick-fire 40 as a new-look South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the rain-shortened first Twenty20 International on Friday. Miller and captain Farhaan Behardien provided the impetus for the home side's innings as they put on 51 for the fourth wicket. Niroshan Dickwella provided a fast start for Sri Lanka in their reply but was caught at deep midwicket off leg-spinner Imran Tahir (2-23).
LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - England coach Eddie Jones has made developing more leaders in the team one of his top priorities but said forward Maro Itoje is not about to be fast-tracked towards captaincy. Behind those players, however, the England coach has identified something of a void. Jones identified Hartley, Farrell and flyhalf George Ford as special cases but said Itoje was a different kettle of fish.
Beaten by Democratic Republic of Congo in their Group C opener, the former champions could ill afford another slip. Mathieu Dossevi shocked the more fancied Moroccans as he handed Togo a 1-0 lead by scoring at the end of a mazy run. Romain Saiss put Morocco ahead before halftime and a long-range shot from Youssef En-Nesyri in the 72nd completed the win. Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor threatened either side of halftime but was foiled before En-Nesyri made sure of victory.
Robert Lewandowski scored twice, including a stoppage-time winner as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich came from a goal down to beat Freiburg 2-1 on Friday and open up a six point lead as the league resumed after the winter break. Lewandowski rescued the three points for lacklustre Bayern with a shot from inside the box in stoppage time for his 14th goal of the campaign.