More Sports News In Brief
- Ivory Coast qualify for African Cup
Ivory Coast earned a place at the African Cup of Nations with a 0-0 draw yesterday at home to Cameroon in the last round of qualifiers.
The Ivorians secured the point they needed to finish second to Cameroon in Group D and progress to the finals in Equatorial Guinea early next year.
The draw meant Congo's 3-1 win over Sierra Leone in the group's other game wasn't enough for the Congolese to qualify automatically. Congo could still go through as the best third-place team from across the seven groups.
Ivory Coast was the 11th team to qualify for the 16-team African Cup in January and February.
- UEFA punishes three clubs
NYON, Switzerland (AP):
UEFA has punished Galatasaray and Borussia Dortmund for crowd disorder and sanctioned BATE Borisov for racism by its fans at Champions League matches.
UEFA says its disciplinary panel fined Galatasaray €70,000 (US$87,700) for disturbances which stopped play twice during a 4-1 loss at Dortmund this month. The Turkish club's fans ran on to the pitch and threw lit fireworks.
UEFA ordered Galatasaray to pay Dortmund for damage repairs. It issued the same sanction after Galatasaray's group match at Arsenal.
The German club was fined €32,000 (US$40,000) for its fans' part in the disorder.
UEFA also ordered BATE Borisov to close a section of its stadium when it hosts Porto next week.
- Grosjean to continue racing for Lotus
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP):
Romain Grosjean will continue driving for Lotus in Formula One next year, the team said yesterday.
The 28-year-old Frenchman has been with Lotus since 2011. His best season was last year, when he secured four podium finishes in the last six races of the campaign.
This season has proved very difficult. Grosjean has a best finish of eighth place, and has retired from six races.
Grosjean will again drive alongside Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela next year.
"It's no secret that we've had a really tough season, but the team has remained focused and we're all determined to return to regular points-scoring in 2015," he said.