Rossi secures pole position
Valentino Rossi of Italy, aiming for his third consecutive Australian Grand Prix win in the MotoGP class, took pole position Saturday after the final round of qualifying. Rossi, the provisional pole winner Friday on a Honda, beat his rivals by almost half a second with a lap time of 1 minute, 30.068 seconds. He was 0.428 seconds quicker than the Ducati of fellow Italian Loris Capirossi. Spanish Honda rider Sete Gibernau took third spot in the final minutes of qualifying ahead of Australian Troy Bayliss. Rossi said he felt more comfortable since clinching the world title last week.
Americans trounce France
Darren Blaklery's three-run homer propelled the US to a 14-2 win over France in seven innings, and its fourth straight win in the baseball World Cup Friday. The win in the eastern city of Holguin virtually ensured the US team a quarterfinals berth. France's fourth straight defeat virtually eliminated it from the competition. Also, Canada beat Italy 5-3 in Havana, as pitcher Brent Crowther gave up just three runs on seven hits, and Taiwan topped South Korea 8-2 in the provincial capital of Matanzas for its second win. Jothan Vegan and Avelino Asprilla hit two consecutive home runs to give Panama a 4-2 win over the Netherlands in the easternmost city of Santiago.
Kenny Brack rebounds
Kenny Brack, the IRL driver who was severely injured in the Chevy 500 on Sunday night, was upgraded from serious to satisfactory condition Friday and even felt well enough to crack jokes, his wife said. Brack remains at Parkland Memorial Hospital, but Team Rahal plans to have him transferred him next week to an Indianapolis rehabilitation center that has extensive experience in racing injuries, a team spokesman said. "Kenny was funny and telling us jokes today," said Brack's wife, Anita. "He told the team he would have the Texas race report next week for them. He told them he was a little busy this week to work on it." Brack was injured when his car spun into the air after contact with Tomas Scheckter's car in the closing laps of the race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. He had surgery on a broken thigh and broken ankles Sunday night, and on his broken back Monday, when doctors repaired a spinal fracture and fused three vertebrae.
Serena Williams still out
Serena Williams will miss the rest of the season because of the knee injury that has sidelined her since Wimbledon. Williams, ranked third in the world, announced Friday that she has withdrawn from the WTA tournament beginning Oct. 27 in Philadelphia, and the season-ending Tour Championships in LA in November. This year's Australian Open and Wimbledon champion has not played since having surgery Aug. 1 to repair a partial tear in the quadriceps tendon of her left knee. "I really miss playing tennis and I can't wait to come back and compete," Williams said. "However, I feel that I need more time to prepare and get myself in the best shape possible." Williams, who withdrew from this year's US Open, had won five of the previous six grand slam titles
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very