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Carter, Sonny Bill back for the All Blacks WELLINGTON: New Zealand on Monday welcomed back superstars Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams for next month's northern hemisphere tour but dropped pivot Colin Slade, despite his heroics against Australia at the weekend.Fly-half Carter, the world's most prolific international points scorer, has not played for New Zealand since breaking his leg in the Super 15 final in August, while Williams returns to the All Blacks after two seasons playing rugby league in Australia.Coach Steve Hansen also recalled flanker Victor Vito at the expense of Steven Luatua, and included promising scrum-half Augustine Pulu as the only uncapped player in the squad for the four-Test tour.Hansen admitted Slade, who nervelessly slotted a conversion after the siren to give the All Blacks a 29-28 win over Australia in Brisbane, was desperately unlucky not to make the 34-man squad.But he said the world champions have an embarrassment of riches at fly-half with Carter, Slade, ...

Late surge lifts Martin to first US PGA Tour win LAS VEGAS: Ben Martin played his last four holes in four-under par on Sunday to capture his first US PGA Tour title at the Shriners Hospitals Open.The 27-year-old American fired a three-under par final round of 68 at TPC Summerlin for a 20-under par total of 268 and a two-stroke victory over Kevin Streelman.Martin, who was one-over par for the day through 14 holes, followed a birdie at 15 with an eagle at the par-five ...

Rossi, Lorenzo renew battle for second at Sepang PHILLIP ISLAND: Valentino Rossi holds the edge over his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo in the battle for second place in the world championship as the MotoGP season heads to Sepang this weekend.Rossi energised his chances of finishing runner-up behind re-crowned world champion Marc Marquez for this year's MotoGP title with victory at Sunday's Australian race at Phillip Island.The Italian legend, at 35 the oldest rider in MotoGP, has won six premier class races in Malaysia ...

Cilic, Pavlyuchenkova win Kremlin Cup titles MOSCOW: US Open champion Marin Cilic continued his fine season by beating fifth seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut in straight sets to win the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Sunday.The 26-year-old Croat, a career-high eighth in the ATP rankings fired 10 aces in a 6-4, 6-4 victory, his first ever meeting with Bautista-Agut.Cilic thus became the first Croat to win in the Russian capital since his coach Goran Ivanisevic took the Kremlin Cup title in 1996.In ...

Murray boosts London bid with Vienna triumph VIENNA: Andy Murray boosted his chances of making the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday when he defeated Spain's David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 to claim the Austrian Open for his 30th career title.The hard-fought victory in two hours, 41 minutes sends the Scot to just shy of eighth spot in the points race for the London season-ending finale which begins in three weeks.Murray and Ferrer, the top seed and playing the event on a ...

Hoffenheim miss out on second in Hamburg draw BERLIN: Hoffenheim missed out on reclaiming second in the Bundesliga after Sunday's 1-1 draw at strugglers Hamburg while leaders Bayern Munich finish the weekend four-points clear after hammering Werder Bremen.Hoffenheim took an early lead as Anthony Modeste coolly slotted home in the 15th minute, but hosts Hamburg, who are third from bottom, hit back when Pierre-Michel Lasogga showed superb finishing on 34 minutes.The former Germany Under-21 international had several chances in the second-half and clipped ...

Record-equalling Marseille make it eight in a row PARIS: Marseille earned a club record-equalling eighth consecutive league win on Sunday, beating Toulouse 2-0 at the Stade Velodrome to move seven points clear at the top of Ligue 1.First-half goals from Nicolas Nkoulou and the in-form Andre-Pierre Gignac proved enough for Marcelo Bielsa's side to take all three points as OM matched their previous record for consecutive league victories set in 1937 and in 1998.OM, who have won every game since starting the campaign ...


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