Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Portugal’s crucial final World Cup qualifier against Malta on Wednesday with an ankle injury. Ronaldo played with the injury in Portugal’s 3-0 home victory over Hungary on Saturday but lasted just 27 minutes before limping off
England soccer fans will only be able to watch Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Ukraine on the Internet after negotiations to broadcast it on television collapsed. Failed sports channel Setanta had been due to televise the game, but following its demise other channels such as Sky, the BBC and ITV, do not want to pay the rights fee, particularly as England have already sealed their place in the finals in South Africa.
Former champion Maria Sharapova came safely through a testing first round encounter with Ukraine’s Viktoriya Kutusova as she won 7-5 6-4 on Court One on Monday. The Russian superstar is playing only her fourth tournament since recovering from shoulder surgery last year and despite some shaky moments emerged unscathed.