Benzema hits back
Karim Benzema hit back at criticism of his perceived lack of work rate, saying he does run enough, and insisting that when he starts scoring again, the goals will flow.
Tipped as a future great when he started his club career with Lyon in prodigious fashion, Benzema is going through his worst spell for France without a goal in 15 matches, and has been out of sorts for Real Madrid this season.
Benzema has not scored in five games for Madrid, and recently clashed with defender Pepe during the loss to visitors Atletico Madrid. The fans have even jeered him at some home games, and coach Carlo Ancelotti has urged him to show more character.
"It's the longest (barren) spell of my career. It won't last 10 years. I think it will be over soon," Benzema said yesterday. "When I score one, I think many more will follow."
Regional anti-doping campaign begins in St Lucia
CASTRIES, Saint Lucia (CMC):
The Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organisation is taking its campaign to combat drugs in sport to St Lucia this week.
A two-day anti-doping workshop begins here tomorrow targeting secondary school coaches around the island.
The workshop is part of a regional UNESCO project which also includes St Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, and the British Virgin Islands.
"It targets physical education teachers and coaches in secondary schools from around the island," said Dr Kenneth Louisy, one of the organisers of the workshop.
Murray out of ATP Finals
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has pulled out of next month's season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London as he recovers from back surgery.
The third-ranked Murray says in a statement on the ATP website, "I'm really disappointed not to be playing this year. I love playing in front of my home crowd."
Murray had an operation on his long-standing back problem last month and was always likely to miss the November 4-11 event, which features the world's top eight singles players.
He's competed in the last five finals, and reached the semi-finals twice.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and David Ferrer are the three players to have qualified with four weeks remaining in the season.
Rami to join AC Milan
Struggling AC Milan has reportedly reached a deal to acquire France centre back Adil Rami on loan from Valencia in January.
The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Milan will pay €400,000 for the loan, then have the option to pick up Rami's full rights for €6 million at the end of the season.