Eto'o reverses retirement to line up in play-off
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP):
Samuel Eto'o has been selected in Cameroon's starting line-up for the World Cup play-off against Tunisia yesterday after reversing a decision to retire from internationals with his country two games away from the World Cup.
The striker and captain had said last month he was quitting the national team for undisclosed personal reasons after helping Cameroon qualify for the final play-offs.
But coach Volker Finke wanted Eto'o to return and the Chelsea forward was convinced to link up with the squad again this week ahead of the crucial play-off in Tunisia after a meeting with a representative of Cameroon President Paul Biya.
The 32-year-old Eto'o is Cameroon's all-time leading scorer and has won the African Cup with his country and Champions League titles at club level.
Cole to miss England's WCup qualifier vs Poland
England will be without Ashley Cole for the decisive World Cup qualifier against Poland tomorrow because the experienced left back has failed to recover from a rib injury.
Leighton Baines is again set to deputise for Cole, who missed the 4-1 victory over Montenegro on Friday because of the problem he sustained playing for Chelsea against Norwich in the Premier League last weekend.
England coach Roy Hodgson has no other fresh injury problems for a match at Wembley Stadium that his team will likely need to win to qualify automatically as Group H winners.
Thompson wins LPGA Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP):
American teenager Lexi Thompson shot a two under 69 yesterday to comfortably win the LPGA Malaysia, beating the field by four strokes.
The 18-year-old, who won her second career LPGA title and first of the season, finished on 19-under 265 to end the South Korean dominance at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Jimin Kang won the inaugural event in 2010 before compatriots Na Yeon and the top-ranked Inbee Park followed the next two years.
Chinese star Feng Shanshan was second on 269 after carding a 67.