Manchester: Wayne Rooney's headline-grabbing presence couldn't inspire Manchester United to victory over Chelsea on Monday as the title rivals played out a dull 0-0 draw in the Premier League's first blockbuster match of the season.

David Moyes marked his first home game in charge of United with the bold selection of Rooney against a club that has twice lodged unsuccessful offers to sign the England striker this summer.


Manchester: Wayne Rooney needs to break his silence in the next 48 hours and either commit to Manchester United or say he wants to leave the club, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Monday as he urged his top target to end the transfer saga.

The London club have made two unsuccessful bids for the England striker and have not ruled out making a third with their pursuit of him coming after former United manager Alex Ferguson said in May that Rooney wanted to quit Old Trafford.


London: The return of the 'Special One' Jose Mourinho to Chelsea has been the talk of the town and, with Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini spending over 80 million pounds sterling on new recruitments, it would be safe to say that the two clubs start the Premier League season as favourites.


Rio de Janeiro: It took less than an hour for a Brazilian cosmetic surgeon to achieve what the world's best defenders have been unable to do for more than a decade. He managed to wipe the buck-tooth smile off Ronaldinho's face.

The two-time FIFA world player of the year is sporting a symmetrical new look after undergoing surgery to straighten his teeth, reports Xinhua.

According to local daily O Globo, the 33-year-old underwent the procedure in the southeastern Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte Tuesday.


Washington: Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid beat Inter Milan 3-0 in a friendly, winning all four matches during the team's trip in the US.

Real Madrid defeated Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1, Everton 2-1 and Chelsea 3-1 on their tour



Shah Alam (Malaysia): FC Barcelona concluded its pre-season matches here by defeating a resilient Malaysia 3-1.

Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas opened the scoresheet with a header for Barcelona in the 33rd minute Saturday, reports Xinhua.

Malaysia's Amri Yahyah made good use of Jordi Alba's mistake (40th) to provide the home team with an equaliser.

Fabregas soon helped his new teammate Neymar to regain the lead for Barcelona just before the halftime whistle.


Rome: Lionel Messi could miss Argentina's friendly with Italy here due to a muscular problem.

The Barcelona icon was benched for Saturday's match in Kuala Lumpur against the Malaysia XI. He has been rested because of a problem in his left thigh, reports Xinhua.

The Italy-Argentina clash takes place at the Stadio Olimpico Aug 14.



Munich: Bayern Munich beat Sao Paulo 2-0 with second-half goals from substitutes to set up a mouthwatering clash against Manchester City in the Audi Cup final.

Manuel Pellegrini's Man-C brushed aside AC Milan 5-3 in an earlier match Wednesday, reports Xinhua.

Pep Guardiola fielded a strong line-up with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phillip Lahm and Arjen Robben given starting berths.


Rio de Janeiro: Neymar has been told he has a choice between wearing the number 7 or 11 for new club Barcelona.

The No.11 shirt became available Monday after Bayern Munich confirmed the signing of midfielder Thiago while No.7 is also free following the departure of David Villa to Atletico Madrid, reports Xinhua.

It is understood Barcelona have sought a quick decision from Neymar in a bid to capitalize on soaring demand for shirt sales with the Brazilian's name.


Istanbul: FRANCE clinched a maiden under-20 World Cup title on Saturday after defeating Uruguay 4-1 on penalties following a goalless draw in Istanbul.

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was the hero for France as he saved spot-kicks from Emiliano Velazquez and Giorgian De Arrascaeta in the shootout before Dimitri Foulquier swept the winning penalty beyond Uruguay's Guillermo De Amores.