* Schalke 04 will be without injured midfielders Julian Draxler and Kevin-Prince Boateng when they take on lower-tier Darmstadt in the German Cup second round on Wednesday,coach Jens Keller said on Tuesday. Schalke,who won their opening Champions League group game last week against Steaua Bucharest,are eager to bounce back from a 4-0 demolition by Bayern Munich on Saturday. Draxler and Boateng will not be included in the squad due to injuries, Keller said s after the pair complained about minor knee injuries and were forced to skip training on Tuesday.
Oracle inch to Americas Cup
* Oracle Team USA moved a step closer to keeping the Americas Cup on Monday,winning the days only race and yet again preventing challenger Emirates Team New Zealand from clinching the trophy. It was the fifth straight victory for the team owned by billionaire Larry Ellison,which a week ago seemed like it was about to lose the worlds oldest sporting trophy but now looks strong enough to win the series – as long as it can keep the Kiwis from winning one more race.
Hamburger SV appoint Marwijk
* LHamburger SV has appointed Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk to replace the fired Thorsten Fink. The Bundesliga clubs says on its website that the former Netherlands coach will sign a deal through June 2015. The 61-year-old Van Marwijk will be assisted by Roel Coumans. Van Marwijk is to take charge of his first Hamburg training session on Wednesday,when the club will also introduce him at a news conference. Van Marwijk led to the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final but resigned from the national team after a disappointing Euro 2012.
Tomkins traded for record fee
* England fullback Sam Tomkins will become rugby leagues most expensive player when he moves from Wigan to New Zealand Warriors for the start of next year. Wigan says the 24-year-old Tomkins,the reigning Super League player of the year and arguably the best player in Europe,will join the Auckland-based NRL side on a three-year deal. Financial details werent disclosed but Wigan says Tomkins will move for a world-record fee,eclipsing the 450,000 pounds (now $720,000) Wigan paid Bradford for Stuart Fielden in 2007.
Russian walker gets lifetime ban
* A Russian athlete who placed fifth in the 50-kilometer walk at last years London Olympics has been handed a lifetime ban by the IAAF for a second doping offense. Igor Erokhin was one of 27 athletes to be given doping suspensions in the past month. Erokhin previously served a two-year ban after testing positive for EPO in 2008. The IAAF says his latest doping offense was an athlete biological passport case. Ukrainian heptathlete Lyudmila Yosypenko and Romanian marathon runner Simona Raula Maxim were given four-year bans,and the rest handed sanctions ranging from six months to two years.
Alonsos bid collapses
* Formula One driver Fernando Alonsos plans to buy Spanish cycling team Euskaltel-Euskadi have collapsed,sponsors Euskaltel said in a statement on Monday. We could not reach a …continued »