Bolt among 19 World champions for Weltklasse meet
Organisers of Weltklasse say 19 World Championships gold medallists will compete at the Diamond League meeting next week.
Usain Bolt leads a 100 metres lineup on August 29 featuring the top six finishers in the Worlds final at Moscow last week.
High jump world champion Bohdan Bondarenko heads a Weltklasse entry that includes the top eight in Moscow. The Ukrainian almost broke the 20-year-old world record mark of 2.45 metres at the Lausanne Diamond League meet in July.
Weltklasse organisers say Ethiopian rivals Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba - the women's world champions over 5,000 and 10,000, respectively - will race over 5,000.
Bahamas to host first two IAAF World Relays
MOSCOW, Russia (CMC):
Bahamas will host the first two editions of the IAAF World Relays, a new competition being introduced by the sports governing body. The new competition was unveiled during a news conference in Moscow featuring IAAF general secretary Essar Gabriel and attended by a number of officials, including the Bahamas sports minister Daniel Johnson and IAAF Council member Pauline Davis-Thompson.
The IAAF World relays will be staged in the Bahamas in 2014 and 2015. The 2004 Olympic Games 100m Hurdles champion Joanna Hayes and US sprint legend Maurice Greene also attended the news conference.
Next year's edition of the IAAF World Relays will be considered as a qualification for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing and the 2015 edition for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
City thrash Newcastle 4-0
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
Manchester City sent a strong message to their English Premier League title rivals by thrashing 10-man Newcastle 4-0 yesterday, mixing power with panache to mark Manuel Pellegrini's first competitive game in charge in style.
Yaya Toure scored the pick of City's goals in a sparkling display at Etihad Stadium with a sublime 50th-minute free kick, adding to first-half goals by David Silva and Sergio Aguero and a late strike by substitute Samir Nasri.
Federer slides to No. 7
Roger Federer is sliding in the ATP rankings, now down to No. 7. Federer, who spent more weeks at No. 1 than anyone, already had reached his lowest spot in a decade by dropping to No. 5 after Wimbledon - and he fell two more places yesterday.
Barring a withdrawal, Federer will be seeded seventh at the US Open, where he won five of his 17 Grand Slam titles.
In other changes, French Open champion Rafael Nadal - who won hard-court titles at Montreal and Cincinnati the last two weeks - rose to No. 2 from No. 3, swapping places with Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. Novak Djokovic remained No. 1.
Spurs sell Parker
Fulham have signed midfielder Scott Parker from English Premier League rivals Tottenham. The 32-year-old Parker has spent the past two years at Tottenham, establishing himself as a key player for England at the 2012 European Championship. But the former Chelsea and West Ham player was troubled by injuries last season and has now moved to Fulham on a three-year contract.
Fulham manager Martin Jol says Parker "works tirelessly for his team and is a fantastic player both on and off the ball. It is wonderful to see a player of his stature playing for Fulham."
Fulham opened the season on Saturday by beating Sunderland 1-0. Financial details of the transfer were not disclosed.
St Lucia qualify
GALISBAY, St Martin (CMC):
St Lucia have qualified to compete in the 2014 North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Continental Championship. St Lucia earned the right to take part after defeating hosts St Martin in the final of the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association men's junior championships at the Salle Omnisport in Galisbay.
The St Lucians dominated the competition without dropping a set and in the final against the home team Sunday they won 25-19 25-19 25-16.