Nastasic to miss opener

Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic is likely to miss the opening month of the Premier League season with an ankle injury

Published:August 7, 2013 3:13 am

* Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic is likely to miss the opening month of the Premier League season with an ankle injury. He was stretchered off during a pre-season match against Sunderland in Hong Kong last month and City says he will be out of action for “four to six weeks.” The Serbia international,who joined City from Fiorentina last year,will miss the season opener at home to Newcastle on Aug. 19 as well as matches against newly-promoted sides Cardiff and Hull. Nastasic is likely to return for the trip to Stoke on Sep. 14 after the international break. City coach Manuel Pellegrini is likely to pair Joleon Lescott in the center of defense with Vincent Kompany.

Britain’s Tweddle retires

* Olympic bronze medalist Beth Tweddle has retired from gymnastics,a year after winning her medal on the uneven bars at the London Games. The 28-year-old is Britain’s most successful gymnast with three world and six European gold medals. She says “I know now deep down I can’t commit to the hours and training to remain at the very top.” “It’s been a hard decision to make,gymnastics has been and always will be a massive part of my life.” Tweddle,who won seven national championships,also won a gold and two silver medals at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.

Slaps and apologies

* Ecuadorean side Barcelona’s goalkeeper Maximo Banguera has publicly apologised for slapping an opponent in the face during a local derby at Guayaquil on Sunday. The victim,Emelec captain and fellow Ecuador international Pedro Quinonez,needed to be hospitalised. Emelec officials said that Quinonez was knocked to the ground by the force of the impact,suffered convulsions and nearly lost consciousness. He spent the night in hospital complaining of dizziness and was released on Monday. “I want to apologise sincerely to Pedro Quinonez,his family,the supporters,everyone,” Banguera said on Monday. “I was a bad loser. I am aware if there is a sanction,I will have to face it.” The two players had also been involved in an angry exchange during the Shipyard Derby which Emelec won 2-0.

Jamaican footballer suspended

* FIFA says a Jamaican national team player and team official are suspended for 30 days during an investigation into a doping case stemming from a World Cup qualifier. The Jamaican Football federation announced last month that an unidentified player tested positive for a banned substance at a June 11 qualifier in Honduras. FIFA says the player declined to have his backup sample analyzed. FIFA says it won’t identify the player or official until the case is proven. They have until Monday to request a full disciplinary hearing from FIFA.FIFA says the Jamaican delegation must submit evidence by an August 19 deadline.

Suarez to miss Norway trip

* Liverpool striker Luis Suarez won’t travel to Norway with his teammates for a pre-season match because of a foot injury. The club said on Tuesday that the Uruguayan will undergo a scan and remain on Merseyside alongside Daniel Agger,Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson,who will stay at home “as a precaution after picking up knocks.” Suarez,who scored 30 goals for the Reds in all competitions last season,has made clear he wants to leave.

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