Sports Shorts

Drogba denies signing anti-Israel tourney petition

Didier Drogba says he wasn't among the soccer players to sign a petition protesting the decision to hold next year's European under-21 championship in Israel. He was among 62 names listed on a petition last Friday supporting Palestinian groups. The petition was organized by former Tottenham and Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute. Drogba is a former Chelsea striker from the Ivory Coast who now plays in Shanghai. He said in a statement Tuesday he did not sign this petition or "give my support to this initiative" because he never gets involved "in any conflicts, even in my own country." Drogba says he tries to "work for peace and reconciliation" and "fight against any forms of injustice or discrimination" through his own foundation. (AP )

Cricketer Warne says he'd consider an Ashes return

Australian great Shane Warne says he would consider coming out of retirement to play in next year's Ashes series against England if asked by Australia captain Michael Clarke. The 43-year-old leg spinner, who retired in 2007 after taking 708 test wickets including 195 in Ashes tests, said he was happily retired but would consider a comeback if his country needed him. He said while watching Australia lose the third test to South Africa in Perth this week that "I felt like I wanted to jump off the couch and grab the ball." (AP )