■ SpeedskatingWang wins short-track
China's Wei Wang won the women's title at a World Cup short-track speedskating event Saguenay, Quebec on Friday, covering 1,500m in 2 minutes, 25.258 seconds. American Allison Baver took second with 2:25.864, while Kim Hyo-jung of China came third in 2:26.151. American Apolo Anton Ohno won his sixth World Cup short-track speedskating gold of the year with a time of 2:20.285 in the men's competition. Canada's Mathieu Turcotte was second in 2:20.376 and countryman Steve Robillard was third in 2:21.556.
Yohannes keeps WBA title
Indonesian boxer Yohannes Christian John retained his WBA featherweight title in Jakarta on Friday after reaching a technical draw in a title bout against Jose "Cheo" Rojas of Venezuela. The scheduled 12-round fight at Rondong Demang Stadium in Tenggarong, a district town in Indonesian province of East Kalimantan, was stopped in the fourth following a head-to-head collision that left both fighters bleeding from their right temples. After insignificant action in the first two rounds, John, who fought for his second title defense, initiated an attack in the third round with a series of right hooks and straights, forcing Rojas to clinch. Then, in the fourth round, both fighters collided heads again, forcing the referee to stop the show.
Owners OK Expos move
Major League Baseball owners gave their conditional approval in New York on Friday to moving the Montreal Expos to Washington next year. Owners voted to approve the move during a telephone conference call. The vote was 29-1, with the Baltimore Orioles dissenting, a baseball official said on condition of anonymity. The decision is subject to the District of Columbia government enacting by Dec. 31 funding for a new ballpark for the team, which would be renamed the Nationals. The DC Council voted earlier this week to approve funding, put placed a US$630 million cap on the project, a provision that was not included in the September agreement signed by the Expos and Washington Mayor Anthony A. Williams. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has not said whether that provision is acceptable. For the funding to become law, the Council must approve the measure again, and it must be signed by Williams, who favors the project.
Gatti to defend WBC title
Arturo Gatti will defend his WBC super lightweight title against two-time former champion James Leija in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Jan. 29. The 32-year-old Gatti, 38-6 with 29 knockouts, won the title last Jan. 24 when defeated Italian Gianluca Branco by decision. He kept the crown in July with a one-punch knockout of previously unbeaten Leonard Dorin. Leija, 38, is 47-6-2 with 18 knockouts. The scheduled 12-round bout is to be telecast as part of HBO's "World Championship Boxing Series."