Pearson appoints new coach
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):
Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson has appointed training partner Antony Drinkwater-Newman as her new coach after splitting with her previous coach for 14 years, Sharon Hannan.
The 27-year-old Pearson said Drinkwater-Newman was "the logical choice" to replace Hannan. She said she was "excited by the fresh ideas that Antony has developed and I know that we will work well together. Antony will be able to train beside me and that will be very special."
Pearson has been hampered by hamstring injuries this year but finished second behind American Brianna Rollins at the world championships at Moscow in August. Her main targets are the 2014 World Indoor Championships in Poland in March and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July.
Fans vandalise WCup stadium in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP):
Another wave of fan violence hit Brazil over the weekend, with seats destroyed at a World Cup stadium in Fortaleza and dozens of supporters detained after clashes in Sao Paulo.
World Cup organisers yesterday said that more than 80 seats were destroyed at the Arena Castelao on Sunday by Fortaleza fans upset with the team missing out on promotion to the second division. A day earlier, more than 30 seats were damaged by fans of second-division club Ceara following a disappointing draw at the venue. The stadium will host six matches in next year's World Cup.
Police also confronted fan groups inside two other stadiums, including where Brazilian league leader Cruzeiro played on Sunday.
FIFA bans 14 El Salvador players for life
FIFA has given worldwide life bans to 14 El Salvador national team players who had already been suspended by their home association for match-fixing.
The case involves four international matches, including El Salvador's 5-0 loss to Mexico at the 2011 Gold Cup and a 2-1 loss in a friendly against the United States in 2010.
FIFA says global sanctions were also extended against two players who received 18-month and six-month bans, respectively.