More to life than driving around in circles, says Rosberg

Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg said on Friday he was enjoying the freedom of retirement and could turn his focus to renewable energy now that he has left the racetrack.

Interviewed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the former Mercedes grand prix driver told his audience that "life has more to offer than driving around in circles.

"I want to go for new challenges... now all of a sudden it's freedom," he added, saying he had not been able to go skiing for 11 years due to contract clauses.

Klopp awaits decision on Matip

LONDON Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp hopes a decision is imminent on whether Cameroonian defender Joel Matip can resume playing for the Premier League club.

Liverpool have contacted world governing body FIFA for clarification over Matip's situation after he was called up for African Nations Cup duty despite retiring from international football in 2015.

FIFA rules state that a player who refuses an international call-up cannot play for their club side.

Ghana must improve but will play with patience, says Grant

By Mark Gleeson

LIBREVILLE Ghana will have to show an improvement for their second match at the African Nations Cup finals against Mali on Saturday but victory in the opening game has given them breathing space, coach Avram Grant said.

Ghana lead the Group D standings after edging Uganda with a first-half penalty in their opening game but spent much of the second half under pressure from their spirited opponents.

“We were happy with the three points but we could have played better," Grant said.

Ranieri keen to keep Ulloa at Leicester

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has indicated that Leonardo Ulloa is likely to stay at the club until the end of the season, despite British media reports that the striker had submitted a transfer request this week.

Ulloa has emerged as a target for Spanish side Alaves, but Ranieri said he was keen to keep the striker as he looks to steer the defending champions away from the relegation zone.

"I feel Ulloa will stay with Leicester for the rest of the season. Both parties are still talking," Ranieri told a news conference on Friday.

Costa available for selection, says Chelsea boss Conte

LONDON Diego Costa is available for selection for Premier League leaders Chelsea's home match against Hull City after recovering from a back injury, manager Antonio Conte said on Friday.

The Spain striker's future at Stamford Bridge has been subject to intense speculation after he missed last weekend's 3-0 win at champions Leicester City.

Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian are reported to have wanted to sign Costa while the club's top scorer this season was also said to have had a row with a member of the coaching staff.

Feghouli says West Ham need to build momentum

By Claire Bloomfield

LONDON West Ham United's Sofiane Feghouli says his team know there is still plenty of room for improvement as they prepare for a trip to Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Saturday after a morale-boosting win last weekend.

Midfielder Feghouli scored his first Premier League goal for the club in last week's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace which lifted them into 12th spot and helped to banish fears they could get dragged into a relegation battle.

Kaymer holds halfway lead in Abu Dhabi

German Martin Kaymer stayed on course for a fourth title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a second consecutive round of 66 to seize the halfway lead on Friday.

The straight-hitting Kaymer again found the course and conditions to his liking to move one stroke clear on 12 under.

Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello also carded a six-under 66 to move to 11 under for his two rounds.

Kaymer, seeking a first title since the 2014 U.S. Open, took a while to get his round moving.

England opener Hales to return home after breaking hand

LONDON Opener Alex Hales has been ruled out of the remainder of England's tour of India after breaking his right hand during the second one-day international in Cuttack on Thursday.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said scans had revealed the injury, sustained as Hales attempted a catch in the outfield and jarred his hand on the ground.

The 28-year-old will return home on Saturday to see a hand surgeon.

The ECB said a replacement in the T20 squad for a three- match series starting on Jan. 26 would be announced in due course.

Ronaldo will always be criticised - Zidane

MADRID Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane dismissed criticism of his side's talisman Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday following a dip in form that has coincided with Real losing two consecutive games after setting a Spanish record unbeaten run of 40 games.

Ronaldo struggled to influence Real's 2-1 home defeat at by Celta Vigo in the King's Cup on Wednesday and the 2-1 reverse to Sevilla last Sunday that cut their lead at the top of La Liga to a point, although he did convert a penalty.

Lyon poised to unveil Memphis

PARIS Olympique Lyonnais are poised to unveil Dutch winger Memphis Depay who has completed his move from Manchester United, the French Ligue 1 club said on Friday.

British newspapers reported that the fee for the 22-year-old Netherlands international was 16 million pounds ($19.7 million) rising to 21.7 million.

Memphis scored seven goals in 53 appearances for United after moving from PSV Eindhoven for 25 million pounds in May, 2015 but he has played only eight minutes since the end of October.