Sports Digest, October 16, 2012

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 5:07am

Ferrari boss denies Vettel joining his team

The president of Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo, yesterday rejected reports that double Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel was set to join the Italian outfit. "I've always said that I don't want two roosters in the hen house. I don't like that and it creates instability in the team," he said. Germany's Vettel, currently racing for Red Bull, is the reigning Formula One champion and on Sunday drove to victory in the South Korean Grand Prix, leapfrogging Ferrari's Fernando Alonso at the top of the drivers' standings. AFP

Ashley-Cooper gives respect to All Blacks

Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper is well aware of the daunting task ahead this weekend as the Wallabies prepare to take on a record-chasing New Zealand side. "These guys are the best in the world, you can't argue with that, and I'd argue that these guys are the best All Blacks side I've ever come across," Ashley-Cooper said yesterday. "They are absolutely humming at the moment." The All Blacks face the Wallabies in a Bledisloe Cup test in Brisbane on Saturday and although New Zealand have already secured the trophy, they are within sight of equalling the record for successive wins in international rugby. AFP

Liverpool to expand Anfield's capacity

Liverpool announced plans yesterday to expand the capacity of Anfield, the club's home for 120 years, rather than building a new stadium. The 18-time English soccer champions started working on a new, US$800 million venue in nearby Stanley Park before owner John Henry's takeover two years ago, but it was abandoned due to financial problems. Henry has decided that a new stadium still doesn't make financial sense, instead pursuing plans to expand Anfield's capacity from 45,000 to 60,000 seats. "There is no doubt Anfield is the spiritual home of the club - our preference was always to remain at Anfield," Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said. Anfield is hemmed in by terraced residential housing, and planning permission will now be sought to demolish properties to rebuild the stadium. AP