Arrested Tomic admits party 'mistake'

SYDNEY – Troubled Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has admitted he made a mistake after being arrested in Miami for refusing to turn down the music at a hotel penthouse party. Tomic, 22, was taken into custody early Wednesday morning after police were called to the chic W Hotel after multiple reports of a raucous party in his rooms. According to the arrest affidavit, witnesses said Tomic closed the door on security guards -- pointing at them as the party continued. When police arrived and attempted to evict him, guests of the player departed while Tomic verbally and physically disobeyed the officers, authorities said. He was arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting an officer without violence before being released on US$2,000 bail. "Obviously it was disappointing what happened," he said.–AFP

Saunders aims to make grandfather proud

AUBURN - Sam Saunders, who is the grandson of two-time British Open winner Arnold Palmer, fired a career-low, seven-under 64 to take the lead after the opening round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship Thursday. The 27-year-old Saunders is leading the inaugural Barbasol Championship while the world's best golfers are playing this week across the Atlantic in the British Open, which his grandfather won in 1961 and 1962. Saunders, who is aiming for his first USPGA Tour win in 45 career starts, went bogey free to lead fellow American Jason Gore by one stroke on the Grand National's Lake Course. It was 54 years ago this week that Palmer captured his first Open Championship. "It is just the first round, but it's always nice to get off to a good start," Saunders said.–AFP

Froome backs Thomas to lead Tour team

MURET - Tour de France leader Chris Froome believes Sky teammate Geraint Thomas will one day lead his own team at a Grand Tour. Welshman Thomas has been one of the revelations of this year's Tour, currently sitting fifth overall at 4min 03sec behind Froome. And although he's been working for his Sky team leader throughout the race, he's still ahead of the likes of reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali and two-time former winner Alberto Contador. Having been a super-domestique for Bradley Wiggins in 2012 when his countryman became the first ever British Tour winner, Froome believes Thomas can also step up from helper to leader one day. "Obviously it's a role I'm familiar with," said Froome. "It's fantastic riding by him, I don't think it's going to be long before we see 'G' leading a Grand Tour for himself."–AFP

Kompany lauds Sterling arrival

GOLD COAST - Captain Vincent Kompany has hailed the signing of Raheem Sterling as ‘massive’ for Manchester City as the club chases more trophies, saying his fearlessness sets him aside from his peers. Sterling became the most expensive English footballer in history earlier this week when he signed from Liverpool on a five-year contract worth an initial £44 million that could rise to £49 million. He got on a plane to hook up with his new team-mates in Australia, where City play a friendly on the Gold Coast on Saturday ahead of matches against Real Madrid and AS Roma in Melbourne. "It's massive for us -- the biggest thing is that you've seen Sterling, especially the way he played the season before last, and he was one of the main reasons, along with (Luis) Suarez, that Liverpool played so well," Kompany said.–AFP

Uruguay’s great Ghiggia dead at 88

MONTEVIDEO - Alcides Ghiggia, the former Uruguay striker who scored the goal which won the 1950 World Cup against hosts Brazil, died Thursday -- 65 years to the day after his famous strike in the Maracana Stadium that traumatized a nation. 88-year-old Ghiggia died from a heart attack, his wife Beatriz told AFP. He was the last surviving member of Uruguay's 1950 World Cup-winning team. Speaking about his match-winning goal, Ghiggia once famously told Brazilian television in an interview: "Only three men have ever silenced the Maracana -- the Pope, Frank Sinatra, and me!" His second-half goal in front of 200,000 spectators in Rio de Janeiro gave Uruguay a 2-1 victory which has passed into football folklore. The defeat inflicted crushing disappointment across Brazil and still reverberates to this day.–AFP