Sports Digest, November 23, 2012

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 November, 2012, 12:44am

Fifa refuses special treatment for Drogba

Fifa has denied Didier Drogba's request for special permission to leave Shanghai Shenhua on loan before the official transfer period, ending speculation he could join former club Chelsea immediately. Fifa informed Drogba he wouldn't be exempted from international transfer rules while under contract with the Chinese Super League soccer club, whose season ended this month. The 34-year-old Ivory Coast captain had hoped to play extra matches to prepare for the African Cup of Nations, which kicks off January 19 in South Africa. AP


Carreiro's late goal helps Citizen advance

An 89th-minute goal by substitute Paulo Carreiro sent Citizen through to the semi-finals of the Canbo Senior Shield soccer tournament as they forced a 1-1 draw against Sunray Cave Sun Hei in the return leg of their second-round match at Mong Kok Stadium last night. The result gave Citizen a 2-1 aggregate victory following their 1-0 win in the first leg. Citizen will now take on either South China or Kitchee for a place in the final. The Caroliners won the first-leg tie 1-0 and the two sides will meet in the return leg at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground on Sunday. Chan Kin-wa


Boxer Camacho brain dead, doctors say

Doctors say famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho is clinically "brain dead" after being shot in the face. The 50-year-old Camacho was shot as he and a friend sat in a Ford Mustang parked outside a bar in San Juan on Tuesday night. Police found nine small bags of cocaine in the friend's pocket, and a 10th bag open inside the car. AP


Five players to get first starts for England

Wasps lock Joe Launchbury is set to make his first test start after England coach Stuart Lancaster made six changes to the side for tomorrow's rugby international against South Africa at Twickenham. The 21-year-old Launchbury, replaced club-mate Tom Palmer. No 8 Ben Morgan, blindside flanker Tom Wood and prop Alex Corbisiero, in for injured loosehead Joe Marler, all make their first starts of the European autumn series, with Wood in the starting line-up for the first time since last year's World Cup. AFP