GAMING DISPUTE OUSTS CANADA QUEEN
DEFENDER Kadeisha Buchanan is among six of Canada’s biggest stars who will be missing from the new FIFA 16 video game.
For the first time ever 12 women’s teams have been included in the iconic game, but 13 players in total are not eligible to feature over a dispute with the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Some of Scotland’s players will wish they could have been spared inclusion from Thursday’s friendly with Norway after suffering a 4-0 defeat at Firhill.
Emilie Bosshard Haavi put Norway in front before Ada Stolsmomade it two with a bullet header past former Brighton and Leeds goalkeeper Gemma Fay.
Defender Nora Holstad Berge added a third before Ingrid Moe Wold pounced on a mistake from Manchester City defender Jennifer Beattie to complete the rout.
Two of England’s Group 7 opponents began their qualifying campaign on Thursday, with Serbia winning 1-0 in Estonia.
Croatia were the night’s big winners, defeating Turkey 4-1 away, while Sweden won 3-0 in Moldova.
Finland, in the same group as Ireland, are the early pacesetters having beaten Montenegro 1-0, while Wales’ fellow Group 8 opponents Austria beat Kazakhstan 2-0.
Having put 15 goals past Costa Rica in two matches last month, USA were at it again beating Haiti 5-0 in front of 34,500 fans.
The world champions showed no mercy, as Carli Lloyd hit a hattrick and Crystal Dunn and Christen Press both struck.
USA are now unbeaten in 99 matches on home soil – a run that stretches back to 2004.
Former France boss Bruno Bini has been named as China’s new coach.