International Sports Briefs

Spurs sign Sandro

LONDON: Tottenham completed the signing of highly-rated young Brazilian midfielder Sandro from Internacional on Friday. Sandro’s move had been expected for several days and he finally signed for the Premier League club after passing a medical. The 21-year-old will move to England at the end of the season once he has finished playing for Internacional in the Copa Libertadores. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, whose side are chasing a place in the Champions League, believes he has signed a major talent. “He is an outstanding young player who we feel has a great future,” Redknapp told Tottenham’s website.

Odesnik faces ban

MELBOURNE: American tennis player Wayne Odesnik faces a potential two-year ban after pleading guilty to importing human growth hormone into Australia, reports said on Saturday. Odesnik was stopped by customs officers at Brisbane airport on January 2 as he arrived to play in the Brisbane International and Australian Open tournaments. A search of his luggage revealed eight vials, each containing six milligrams of the banned HGH drug. Odesnik pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to importing the hormone and was fined $7,290 and ordered to pay $1,040 in costs. “We are extremely disappointed in the behaviour of this individual, which is in no way representative of the sport of tennis,” the ATP said in a statement.