From wire reports
Zidane is honored with 16-foot statue
•?The historic head-butt that marked the end of France great Zinedine Zidane’s international soccer career is immortalized in bronze. A 16-foot statue portraying Zidane aiming his shaven head at Italian opponent Marco Materazzi’s torso has been erected in front of Paris’ Centre Pompidou modern art museum. Zidane played for Real Madrid and other professional teams and helped France to victory at the 1998 World Cup. But in the 110th minute of a riveting World Cup final in 2006 against Italy, Zidane lowered his head and rammed Materazzi’s chest, knocking him to the ground.
•?Wayne Rooney returned from a monthlong injury absence, helping Manchester United to a 2-1 victory in London that eliminated Newcastle from the League Cup. Anderson and Tom Cleverley scored for United. Rooney, recovering from a right leg injury, played 76 minutes.
•?Arsenal advanced to the fourth round by thrashing Coventry 6-1, with Olivier Giroud scoring his first goal for the London club and Theo Walcott getting two goals.
Lockout to affect Canadian television
•?Canadian television networks stand to lose broadcasts that attract millions of viewers and generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue if the NHL lockout extends into the regular season. CBC President Hubert Lacroix acknowledged this week that a delayed or canceled season would be “a cash flow challenge for us.” While Lacroix said CBC has “replacement programming,” it’s still not fully clear how networks will fill the void created by a lockout. This is the NHL’s fourth work stoppage in 20 years. Preseason games for September already have been called off. The regular season is scheduled to begin Oct. 11.
Monfils advances in Thailand Open
•?Gael Monfils played another strong match in his return from a knee injury, beating South African qualifier Kevin Anderson 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to reach the second round of the Thailand Open in Bangkok. Monfils came back last week from nearly four months out with a right knee injury and reached the semifinals in Metz in his French homeland. On Wednesday, he blew a 3-1 lead in the third set. Anderson went ahead 5-4, but Monfils won the last three games to move on.
Contador captures Milano-Torino race
•?Alberto Contador won the revived Milano-Torino road race, his second title since returning from a doping ban. Contador moved ahead of the peloton on the final climb to the Basilica di Superga and held on for his first victory in a one-day, 123-mile race. Diego Ulissi of Italy was second, while Fredrik Kessiakoff of Sweden was third. Contador returned from a doping ban in August, and won the Spanish Vuelta earlier this month. The Spaniard dedicated the victory to compatriot Victor Cabedo, who died in an accident while training last week. The prestigious race is Italy’s oldest cycling classic and was first staged in 1876. However, it had not been held since 2007.
•?Four-time Olympic gold medalist runner Sanya Richards-Ross is recovering from toe surgery. Richards-Ross posted on her Twitter page that she had surgery Tuesday to alleviate pain in her right big toe.
•?Memphis Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur will be out up to six weeks after breaking the top of the fibula in his left leg preparing for training camp. Arthur had been practicing with Memphis opening training camp Monday, and the break described as a small, non-displaced fracture in the head of his left fibula was diagnosed after an MRI earlier this week.
— From wire reports