SPORT IN BRIEF
David Dein is being fast-tracked to help the England 2018 World Cup bid. With Lord Triesman (chairman) and Simon Johnson (chief operating officer) already on the bid team, Dein, the former Arsenal vice-chairman, was tipped to be appointed a non-executive director. Following the addition of Karren Brady and Paul Elliott, Dein, the former chairman of the G-14 group of leading clubs, could yet join the bid in a more senior capacity.
GB Maccabiah captain Sam Sloma was on target against his old club as Woking beat Chelmsford City in the Blue Square Premier.
Dudi Sela’s post-Davis Cup slump continued as he crashed out of the Shanghai Masters at the first-round stage. Beaten for the seventh time in eight matches, Sela, 24, went down against China’s ShaoXuan Zeng, ranked 396 in the world.
Shahar Peer, 22, lost in the first round of the Japan Open. She was beaten in three sets by Sania Mirza, her former doubles partner.