Sun, Apr 17, 2005 - Page 22 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Taekwondo

Lopez wins gold medal

Steven Lopez of the US took his third world title in Madrid, Spain on Friday, winning the welterweight gold at the World Taekwondo Championships with a 3-2 win over Ali Tajik of Iran. Two-time Olympic champion Lopez took the advantage over Tajik in the second round of the final. Their encounter was delayed by an unsuccessful Spanish protest over the judges awarding Lopez the decisive point in the fourth round of his 3-2 semifinal victory over Rosendo Alonso. In the finweight division, the title went to South Korea's Kim Jin-Hee, who defeated another Iranian, Feizollah Nafjam, 4-1. The women's welterweight gold also went to South Korea. Hwang Kyung-seon beat Gwladys Epangue of France 7-2. Host Spain won its first gold medal of the championships when Belen Asensio beat South Korea's Yu Eun-young 4-1 to take the women's finweight title.

■ Athletics

Record set in decathlon

Austra Skujyte of Lithuania broke the IAAF women's decathlon world record in Columbia, Missouri on Friday in the first North American staging of the fledgling event. Skujyte, a former Kansas State University standout and the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the heptathlon, scored 8,366 points in the two-day event at the University of Missouri's Audrey Walton Combined Events. That broke the previous record of 8,160 points, set by France's Marie Collinville in September. The women's decathlon, which is not yet an Olympic event, includes the 100m dash, discus, pole vault, javelin, 400m dash, 100m hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump and 1,500m.

■ Soccer

MLS may add team

A Major League Soccer team could go to San Antonio, Texas as early as 2006 if several conditions are met under an agreement reached this week between the league and city. The MLS agreed to grant San Antonio a team if an ownership group is secured, 5,000 season tickets are sold by Aug. 17, and plans are completed for construction of a training complex that includes youth soccer fields. "As one of the country's fastest-growing and most diverse cities, MLS is convinced that San Antonio is an ideal home for a Major League Soccer club," MLS commissioner Don Garber said. Garber said the 12-team league is in discussions with several possible ownership groups. As part of the agreement, the city has agreed to provide a stadium. The deal grants the team rights to all ticket sales, and certain sponsorship and stadium signage sales.

■ Rugby

Wilkinson plays match

Jonny Wilkinson took his first step toward proving he should be a late selection for this year's Lions tour, emerging unscathed from his return to rugby with club side the Newcastle Falcons in London on Friday. The injury plagued England fly half was summoned from the Newcastle bench in the 34th minute of the Falcons' 23-22 premiership loss at Northampton. It was Wilkinson's first match since suffering a recurrence of a knee injury a month ago, and he slotted into the side by kicking three penalties and a conversion.

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