More Sports News In Brief
- Suarez left out
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP):
Luis Suarez has been left off a preliminary list of players for Uruguay's international friendly matches next month against Japan and South Korea, even though he was eligible to play after his biting ban was softened.
Suarez is banned from Uruguay's next eight competitive matches for biting an opponent during the World Cup, meaning he will miss next year's Copa America and some World Cup qualifiers.
However, the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled last week that Suarez is not banned from playing friendlies. Still, the South Americans elected yesterday not call him up for the two matches. Suarez is also banned from playing competitive matches with his new club team Barcelona until late October.
- Howard taking sabbatical
Star goalkeeper Tim Howard is taking a one-year break from US national team duties. The three-time World Cup veteran has asked US coach Jurgen Klinsmann not to consider him for selection to the roster until September 2015. Howard is not retiring from international play, however, the decision is driven mainly by his desire to spend more time with his family. Howard, 35, will continue playing for Everton in the English Premier League.
Klinsmann and Howard had extensive conversations about Howard taking a break. Howard starred in this year's World Cup in Brazil, particularly in a second-round 2-1 loss to Belgium in which he made 15 saves. His backup on the national team is Brad Guzan, who also plays in the EPL for Aston Villa. Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando was the third keeper at the World Cup.
- South Africa take series
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP):
A scintillating 84 from 75 balls by opener Quinton de Kock led South Africa to a seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe yesterday and a 3-0 whitewash in the one-day international series. Spurred on by de Kock, South Africa needed just 27.2 overs to reach 171-3 and easily chase down Zimbabwe's 165 all out at Queens Sports Club.
De Kock plundered seven fours and two sixes and appeared to be racing to a sixth century of his young career when he smashed a catch straight to Sean Williams near the mid-wicket boundary with South Africa only 22 short of the target. JP Duminy finished the game with a six to end 28 not out as the Proteas cruised to a fourth success in Zimbabwe after also winning the one-off Test. Stand-in captain Faf du Plessis made 40.
At 119-9, Zimbabwe were destined for a much lower total until some late hitting by captain Elton Chigumbura in a last-wicket partnership of 46 with Tinashe Panyangara. Chigumbura made 90 with 10 fours and two sixes.