Robin van Persie became the Netherlands' top all-time scorer with a hat trick against Hungary yesterday.
Van Persie was on target with two first-half headers in the World Cup qualifier at Amsterdam Arena to draw level with the 40 international goals of Patrick Kluivert, the former striker who is now one of coach Louis van Gaal's assistants.
After heading home Arjen Robben's cross in the 43rd for his second goal of the night to tie the 10-year-old scoring record, Van Persie ran across the field and jumped into Kluivert's arms on the touchline.
"Records are made to be broken ... I'm happy for him," Kluivert said. "Every international, we work towards perfection. It is good for the Netherlands, it is good for him."
A year after almost losing her life in a gruesome racing accident, former Formula One test driver Maria de Villota was found dead in a hotel room in Seville yesterday - with an autopsy showing that lingering injuries from her wreck likely caused her death. De Villota was 33.
De Villota's sister, Isabel, said an autopsy indicated that she had died in her sleep around 6 a.m. local time due to "neurological damage" from her crash in July 2012. De Villota lost an eye in the accident but had since seemingly recovered from the wreck - even driving again, writing a book about it, and recently getting married.
Neymar recovered from a hip injury and will play Brazil's friendly against South Korea today in Seoul.
The Barcelona striker practiced yesterday, a day after he was hurt in training after a challenge by Lazio midfielder Hernanes. Neymar left the field in pain and was listed as doubtful for the friendly.
Brazil doctors said yesterday the injury was not serious and the player was fit to play.
Neymar was replaced by Zenit forward Hulk after leaving the practice on Thursday, and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari hinted both players will likely start today's match at the World Cup Stadium. The duo played together during the Confederations Cup this year, when Brazil won the title.
Brazil will also play Zambia in Beijing on Tuesday.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP):
Tunisia's tennis federation ordered the country's top player to withdraw from a match against an Israeli player at a tournament in Uzbekistan.
Malek Jaziri had been scheduled to play Israel's Amir Weintraub yesterday in the quarter-finals of an ATP Challenger tournament in Tashkent. He withdrew before the match and Weintraub advanced to the semi-finals of the lower-tier event.
"Following a meeting this afternoon with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, I have the immense regret to inform you that you are ordered not to play against the Israeli player," the federation said in an email to Jaziri.
Sports ministry spokesman Sadok Touati confirmed to The Associated Press that the federation sent the email after consulting the ministry.