Bayern sign Breno

MUNICH: Bayern Munich completed the transfer of 18-year-old Brazilian defender Breno from Sao Paulo. Breno passed a medical exam and signed a four-and-half-year contract on Friday. Breno will report to the club when Bayern resume training on January 7. The Bundesliga goes into the winter break after this weekend’s games. Breno played for Brazil’s U-20 side and the Olympic team. — AP

‘Owen not for sale’

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has no plans to sell injury-plagued Michael Owen during next month’s transfer window. Reports suggested that the Magpies were looking to offload the England striker, who has started only 21 games for the club since he moved from Real Madrid in August 2005 and earns more than $214,000 a week. Allardyce said that he doesn’t want to sell anyone. “It is December, it is speculation time. It is volatile in terms of what is being bandied about throughout the whole of the media world in football,” the Newcastle manager said. — AP

Furyk takes lead

CALIFORNIA: Tiger Woods pulled his approach into the hazard on the 18th hole to finish with a double bogey for a 3-under 69, leaving him in a pack of players one shot behind Jim Furyk in the Target World Challenge. The only regrets were failing to birdie two par 5s on the back nine because of poor pitches, and making a mess of the final hole. Furyk dropped only one shot and his birdie on the final hole put him atop the leaderboard in the 16-man field. Also at 69 were US Masters champion Zach Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Rory Sabbatini. — AP