Spain win world c’ship :

Saitama: With injured Pau Gasol cheering his teammates from the bench, Spain beat Greece 70-47 on Sunday to claim its first basketball world championship. Gasol led Spain (9-0) in scoring and rebounding throughout the tournament. When he broke his foot with about a minute left in the 75-74 semi-final win over Argentina, his team’s gold-medal hopes dimmed considerably. Especially considering a near perfect performance by Greece (8-1) in a 101-95 semi-final win over the US. — AP

Ballack admits shock :

BERLIN: German international captain Michael Ballack admits he is still coming to terms with his new life in England with Chelsea and revealed that he was still living in a hotel as he searches for a house in the capital. Ballack joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Bayern Munich in the summer and admits it has been a real culture shock. — AFP

FIFA to force law :

LONDON: Football’s world governing body FIFA will force individuals trying to take over clubs to reveal their identities as part of a drive to increase transparency in the sport. The Mail on Sunday reported FIFA would no longer allow investors to purchase teams under the name of a business, while they themselves remain anonymous. The report comes amid disquiet in England over the possible take-over of West Ham, with uncertainty over who exactly is bankrolling a bid believed to be led by Iranian-born businessman Kia Joorabchian. — AFP