Jones not expected

ROME: Organisers of Rome’s Golden Gala track meet don’t expect Marion Jones to compete at their event next month — not because of doping allegations but because of her poor form. “I spoke to Jones and her manager at length last night,” meet director Luigi D’Onofrio said. “It’s a difficult situation. Right now her presence is not expected.” The Golden Gala, scheduled for July 8, is one of six meets in the prestigious Golden League series. The other meets are in Paris, Oslo, Zurich, Brussels and Berlin. — AP

Geraint Jones cleared

LONDON: England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones has been found not guilty of breaching the ICC code of conduct following a controversial incident during the recently concluded second Test against Bangladesh. On Saturday, Bangladesh Nafees Iqbal, on 15, gloved a ball from Andrew Flintoff through to Jones and started to walk off. However, replays suggested the ball may have bounced in front of the keeper. An uncertain episode eventually saw him given out after the umpires decided not to refer the matter to the replay official. — AFP

Germany, France win

LONDON: Three-time defending champion Germany survived a tough match at the European Women’s Championship, getting a goal from Conny Pohlers to beat Denmark 1-0. In the other match, Marinette Pinchon struck twice to lead France over Italy 3-1. The top two teams in each group advance to the semi-finals. — AP

Spurs demand Parker

LONDON: Scott Parker has emerged as the key to a peace deal between warring Premiership clubs Chelsea and Spurs with the former England midfielder set to switch from the champions to White Hart Lane. Spurs are furious with Chelsea over an alleged illegal approach to their Danish director of football, Frank Arnesen. But it emerged on Tuesday that Spurs are more likely to settle for hefty compensation. As per the reports, Spurs are seeking a package worth more than five million pounds with Parker accounting for the bulk of it. — AFP

Schwartz pulls out

VIENNA: Austria’s Barbara Schwartz withdrew on Tuesday from her country’s Fed Cup match against Switzerland. Schwartz, 25, said she was not ready to return from an Achilles injury she sustained during a November training session. “I need to recuperate and build up my form slowly,” she said. “I am not far enough to compete on such a high level.” Austria play Switzerland on July 9-10. — AP

Valencia in Villarreal

VILLARREAL: El Nacional’s Ecuador midfielder Antonio Valencia is to join Villarreal on a five-year contract. The deal depends on Valencia, who played in Ecuador’s 2-0 win over Argentina in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, passing a routine medical exam on June 20. Villarreal has acquired 70 per cent of Valencia’s playing rights, with the rest remaining with the Ecuadorean club, in a deal worth $1.5 million, Marca said. — AP