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Published:Thursday | October 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Ozil up to 12 weeks with knee injury

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP): Germany and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been ruled out of action for 10 to 12 weeks with a left knee injury.

The German football federation said in a tweet that an MRI scan conducted yesterday in Munich revealed that Ozil had a partial outer ligament tear in the knee joint.

Earlier, the federation said Ozil had the issue with his knee when he joined up with the rest of the squad for Germany's upcoming European Championship qualifiers. He missed yesterday's morning training session and travelled instead to Munich for the scan.

Germany plays Poland in Warsaw on Saturday before hosting Ireland in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday.

The World Cup champions opened their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in Group D with a 2-1 victory over Scotland.

Williams chief: F1 should consider closed cockpits

LONDON (AP): Formula One (F1) should consider introducing closed cockpits after Jules Bianchi's crash at the Japanese Grand Prix, according to the Williams team leadership.

The Frenchman, who drives for Marussia, is in a critical-but-stable condition in hospital after sustaining a head injury when his car hit a crane during Sunday's rain-shortened race.

Enclosed cockpits could provide greater protection for drivers' skulls.

"It's something we have to look at," Claire Williams, deputy team principal at Williams, said yesterday. "If it can improve safety, then of course it has to be on the agenda as a conversation to have."

NFL owners approve sale of Bills

NEW YORK (AP): Admitting it was a dream come true, Terry Pegula and wife, Kim were unanimously approved as new owners of the Buffalo Bills by NFL owners yesterday.

The Pegulas, who already own the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, expect the sale to be finalised by the end of the week.

"There's a small matter of having to pay some money and we'll get that done," Terry Pegula said.

That payment would be for $1.4 billion.

Long-time Bills owner Ralph Wilson died in March, prompting the sale.

Buffalo sports fans were concerned the Bills could be moved out of state if purchased by another group. But the Pegulas are committed to the Buffalo area.