Sport in brief: 13/01/2009

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Huddersfield deny targeting Rooney after visa reverse

Rugby League: Huddersfield have denied making a move for Wakefield's Jamie Rooney to cover the gap left by Todd Carney's failure to obtain a visa. Carney was knocked back last week, sparking rumours Huddersfield could turn to Rooney instead, but their coach, Nathan Brown, says he is happy with the strength of his squad. Salford have admitted they will not be in their new stadium for the start of the 2010 season as planned, but still expect to move in next year. The Test forward Ryan Bailey will miss Leeds' pre-season trip to Florida to have knee surgery.

Bjorn happy to wait for 'settled' decision on Europe's Ryder captain

Golf: The decision on who takes over from Nick Faldo as Europe's Ryder Cup captain seems unlikely to be made before May. But Denmark's Thomas Bjorn, chairman of the tournament committee which will discuss the position in Abu Dhabi today, insisted yesterday any delay would not be to allow Jose Maria Olazabal more time to decide whether he wants to be in charge in Wales next year. "We are not holding out for anybody," Bjorn said. "There have been a lot of feelings expressed about this captaincy and the last one and we want that to settle."

Parker reinforces Steelers to halt San Diego's charge

American Football: The Pittsburgh Steelers stormed into the AFC championship game with a 35-24 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. The Steelers fell behind 10-7 in the second quarter but rallied with 21 unanswered points to set up a home meeting against the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday. Willie Parker ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for another for the Steelers. The AFC winners will face the Philadelphia Eagles or Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl on Tampa, Florida, on 1 February.

Sri Lankan spinner Mendis fastest to pass one-day milestone

Cricket: The spinner Ajantha Mendis reached the 50-wicket milestone in one-day internationals faster than any other bowler as Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 130 runs in Dhaka yesterday. Mendis (right) took 3 for 15, completing his 50-wicket haul in his 19th one-day international and bettering the record of India's Ajit Agarkar, who took 23 matches.

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