Jurgen Klinsmann had quashed speculation linking him with taking the vacant managerial position at Sunderland. The Black Cats were relegated from the Premier League last season and as they prepare for life in England’s second-tier they are managerless and American owner Ellis Short is still searching for a new owner for the club.
MOSCOW (AP) When the anger subsides after another group stage exit and another goalkeeping blunder, Russian fans might find they can be proud of their team at the Confederations Cup. Russia failed to reach the knockout rounds of a fourth major tournament in a row, but there’s no shame in losing by one goal to European champion Portugal and North American champion Mexico. “We will move on,” coach Stanislav Cherchesov said after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Mexico.
Johanna Konta heads to Wimbledon as the best hope Britain has had of a women’s champion in years but while a triumph would be treated as a national success, she is in many ways the epitome of the modern cosmopolitan tennis player. The WTA rankings are filled with players whose backgrounds do not fit easily into the national identities that Fed Cup team competition demands. Caroline Wozniacki is a Dane of Polish extraction, Kristina Mladenovic is French but with Serbian parents and Andrea Petkovic a German born in Bosnia.