■ Speed SkatingNachbar wins 1,500m
Germany's Arian Nachbar scored a surprise victory in Friday's 1,500m final at the European short-track speed skating championships at Turin, Italy's Palavela -- the first test event for the 2006 Winter Olympics in northern Italy. Nachbar won the men's event ahead of favorite Fabio Carta of Italy. Nicola Franceschina, also an Italian, was third. Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria took the women's final, edging Italy's Marta Capurso and Russia's Nina Evteeva. Palavela, which recently has been renovated, will host skating events during the Olympic games Feb. 10-26. Shannon Rempel, in photo above, of Canada, waves to the crowd after placing second in the women's 1,000m event during World Cup speed skating in Calgary, Friday.
Cruz beats Thompson
Undefeated Jose Luis Cruz stopped fellow American Vincent Thompson in the eighth round of their scheduled 10-round super welterweight fight Friday night at the Agua Calientes Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. The 25-year-old Cruz, 33-0-2 with 28 knockouts, ended the fight at 1:42 of the eighth round with a barrage of body shots that put Thompson to one knee on the canvas and prompted the referee to stop the bout. Cruz, ranked No. 13 by the World Boxing Council as a welterweight, won every round of all three judges' scorecards and led 70-63 when the bout was stopped. The 36-year-old Thompson, fighting for only the second time in the past seven years, dropped to 22-5.
Haque remains tough
Bangladeshi spinner Enamul Haque continued his dominating form yesterday to take three wickets for 21 runs and help dismiss Zimbabwe for a 1st innings total of 298 on the second day of the second cricket test in Dhaka, Bangladesh. With his four wicket haul on the opening day, Haque returned 1st innings figures of figures of 7-95. Resuming at the overnight score of 244-6, Zimbabwe skipper Tatenda Taibu posted an unbeaten 85 runs before running out of partners.
Angelo Taylor pinched
Two-time Olympic champion sprinter Angelo Taylor was arrested when a police officer allegedly found him having sex with a 15-year-old girl in a parked car. Taylor, 26, of Decatur, Georgia was charged Thursday with one count each of child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes. He posted US$2,000 bond at the jail, DeKalb County police spokesman Dale Davis said Friday. Taylor won gold medals in the 400m hurdles and 1,600m relay events at the 2000 Sydney Games.
Armstrong dumps Qatar
Six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has pulled out of the Tour of Qatar, citing family reasons. The Qatar race is scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb. 4. "This is quite unfortunate since we were looking forward to seeing him race here for the first time," the president of the Qatar Cycling Federation, Sheik Khaled bin Ali Al Thani, said Friday.