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Published:Saturday | July 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
  • Lahm retires from internationals


World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm has retired from playing for Germany. The 30-year-old Lahm informed German Football Federation (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach of his decision in a telephone call yesterday.

Lahm played 113 games for Germany, with his debut in a 2-1 victory over Croatia on February 18, 2004. He started every game, won 83 and lost just 13.

  • England trail by 76 runs


Gary Ballance hit his second consecutive Lord's century as England reached 219-6 at stumps yesterday on the second day of the second Test, still 76 runs behind India's first-innings 295. Ballance came to the crease with England on 22-1, after captain Alastair Cook continued his wretched batting form by falling for only 10 to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

  • James undecided


LeBron James has to make another big decision. The NBA superstar turned to social media yesterday to help him choose which number he'll wear next season with the Cavaliers. James wrote "6 or 23...." on his Twitter account and posted photos on Instagram of him wearing No. 6 and No. 23 wine and gold Cavs jerseys. James wore No. 6 during his four seasons with Miami and also on the US Olympic team. He used No. 23 in high school and during seven seasons in Cleveland.

  • FIFA lifts Nigeria suspension


FIFA has lifted Nigeria's suspension from international competition after the country's football leaders were reinstated. After Nigeria's second-round elimination at the World Cup, the country's government issued a legal order for the sports ministry to appoint new federation leaders. FIFA rules protect its 209 member federations from influence by third parties, including politicians.

FIFA said in a statement yesterday that as the "legitimate bodies (have been) reinstalled, FIFA has decided to lift the suspension."