SPORT | IN BRIEF

Johnson receives Moody backing
RUGBY UNION: Former England captain Lewis Moody insists the RFU should stick by manager Martin Johnson and allow him the opportunity to lead the Red Rose to the 2015 World Cup. “The most important thing is that there are no knee-jerk reactions. It is essential for me Johnno continues,” said Moody who retired from the international game last month.

Clarke keeps Aussies alive
CRICKET: An unbeaten century from Australia captain Michael Clarke rescued his side on day one of the first Test against South Africa in Cape Town. The tourists finished the day struggling on 214-8 with Clarke on 107 after Dale Steyn had returned figures of 4-31.

PFA let down by Tevez behaviour
FOOTBALL: PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says he is “very disappointed” at Manchester City's Carlos Tevez for missing training and returning to Argentina.

City have instructed their lawyers to take action, saying striker Tevez, 27, had been refused permission to go home.