Sat, Nov 20, 2004 - Page 18 News List

Sports Briefs


■ Tennis

Serena Williams injured

Venus Williams defeated injured sister Serena 6-4, 7-5 in an exhibition match in Auburn Hills, Michigan on Thursday. Serena was clearly limited by the abdominal-muscle injury sustained earlier in the week in the WTA Championship final with Wimbledon champ Maria Sharapova. Her serve was noticeably weakened, and she grimaced after several shots, but still was competitive. "It's strange, because when the serves are that slow, it throws off your pace and makes it difficult," Venus said. "She was throwing all kind of tricky serves at me because she couldn't hit it hard." Venus also struggled with her serve early -- double faulting twice while losing the match's first game -- but rallied to win the first set. Serena almost forced a tiebreaker in the second set, but finally double faulted on match point to give her sister the win.

■ Auto Racing

Molson Indy cancelled

The Molson Indy Vancouver race was cancelled on Thursday after 15 years. "The bottom line is the business model couldn't work," said Jo-Ann McArthur, president of sponsoring Molson Sports and Entertainment. "We talked to a number of business partners over the last few months to try to make it happen." The race was not listed on the Champ Car schedule for next year, but the decision by Molson means there is no chance it will be added. Part of the downtown city street course used for the race will be developed for the athletes' village for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

■ Golf

Knoxville course planned

Greg Norman helped break ground on Thursday on a US$500 million golfing community in Loudon County near Knoxville, Tennessee. The 580-hectare Tennessee National is being developed with John "Thunder" Thornton of Chattanooga. Thornton, a University of Tennessee trustee and one of the school's biggest donors, has envisioned a course that could be home to UT's golf teams. The project will feature 1,700 home sites, a recreation center, tennis courts, parks, walking trails, a marina and the area's first Norman-designed golf course. "This is a wonderful piece of property," Norman said. "The topography of the site allows us to situate the golf course in the natural valley of the community." Thornton, who has a successful real estate development in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, acquired the property in 2000 from Eastman Chemical reportedly for US$10 million.

■ Soccer

Club president gets fined

The president of a football club in Moldova was fined Thursday for developing road rage on the pitch when he jumped into his jeep and tried to run over a referee who awarded a penalty against his team. Mikhail Makayev, president of the first division side Roso, was fined the equivalent of US$2,000 for the incident in a match against the capital city's Poitekhnik. Makayev drove his car after the astonished referee for several minutes until the latter climbed up into the stands. The match was abandoned in the first half and Poitekhnik awarded an automatic 3-0 win.

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