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Teen sensation bids to keep Roos' streak alive SYDNEY: Teenage sensation Sione Mata'utia will become Australia's youngest ever debutant as the Kangaroos look to avoid missing their first major final in 60 years when they play England in the Four Nations on Sunday.The 18-year-old winger will be thrown in at the deep end as the under-strength defending champions, beaten 30-12 by New Zealand in their tournament opener, fight to stay alive in Melbourne.Sunday's match caps a meteoric ascent for Mata'utia, who will be 65 days younger than current age-record holder Israel Folau, now starring in rugby union, when he made his debut in 2007.He is set to be unleashed on the international stage after just seven club games for the Newcastle Knights -- the second fastest rise in Kangaroos history, behind Jimmy Lisle in 1962.Mata'utia is the only change made by embattled coach Tim Sheens, who is facing the toughest trial of his six-year, 18-Test tenure as he ...

Berdych closer to London as Anderson knocks out Wawrinka PARIS: Czech Republic number one Tomas Berdych is one win from sealing his ticket to the World Tour Finals after easing into the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters on Thursday. Following a first round defeat at the Valencia Open last week, the 29-year-old Berdych evened his record against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at six wins apiece with a 7-5, 6-3 victory behind the back of a 70 per cent first serve percentage and eight aces. Chasing ...
Grenoble's Grice out of Toulon Top 14 clash GRENOBLE: Grenoble's New Zealand No.8 Rory Grice will miss his side's Top 14 trip to high-flying Toulon on Sunday with a sprained ankle.However, the match is likely to mark the debut of Grenoble's exciting new signing, South African second row forward Paul Willemse.Willemse, 21, was signed from the Bulls as an emergency replacement for fellow-South African Naude Beukes, who is out of action after suffering a groin strain.He is expected to start alongside Hendrik Roodt ...
Hamilton seeks to divert attention from F1's problems AUSTIN: World championship leader Lewis Hamilton will bid to divert attention from Formula One's looming financial crisis by seeking his fifth consecutive race win at this weekend's United States Grand Prix.The 29-year-old Briton leads Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg of Germany by 17 points with three races remaining, and 100 points available, as he sets himself to claim his 10th win of the season at the Circuit of the Americas.After a tense, close and often acrimonious ...
QPR considering Ferdinand appeal: Redknapp LONDON: Queens Park Rangers are considering whether to appeal against defender Rio Ferdinand's ban and fine for a comment he made on Twitter, manager Harry Redknapp said on Thursday.Ferdinand, 35, was suspended for three games and fined £25,000 ($40,000, 31,800 euros) by the Football Association on Wednesday for referring to the mother of another Twitter user as a 'sket', a derogatory slang term for a promiscuous woman."I'll have to sit down with chief executive Philip ...
Park, Feng tied for lead at Taiwan LPGA TAIPEI: China's Feng Shanshan and South Korean Park In-bee each fired an eight-under-par 64 to share the lead after the opening round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taipei on Thursday.Park, who took over the top spot in the Rolex Rankings earlier this week, hit all 14 fairways and needed only 26 putts to complete her round with eight birdies for the $2 million tournament at the par-72 Miramar Golf Country Club."I hit the ...
Centre Davies out for Clermont - and Wales PARIS: Wales centre Jonathan Davies will be out for two to three weeks with a shoulder injury and will miss at least the November Test against Australia, his club Clermont said on Thursday.Davies, 26, who was injured in the European Champions Cup victory over Sale last Sunday, also misses Top 14 leaders Clermont's trip to Bayonne on Saturday.Confirming Davies' absence, Clermont manager Franck Azema said: "We have good relations with the Welsh and we will ...


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