Mon, Aug 21, 2006 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Ice Hockey
Jagr Czech player of the year

New York Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr was voted the Czech Republic's player of the year for the seventh time. The 34-year-old veteran won the vote on Saturday by a panel of sports journalists and hockey coaches. Toronto's Tomas Kaberle was the runner-up for the 2005-2006 season, and David Vyborny, the Czech Republic's national team captain at the World Cup this year, placed third.

■ Motorcycling

Rossi takes Brno pole

Italian Valentino Rossi took pole position at the Czech Gran Prix on Saturday as he looks to make up ground on American Nicky Hayden and win his sixth consecutive MotoGP title. Rossi, who has won five times at the 5.4-km Masaryk Ring, posted a fastest lap in one minute 56.19 seconds on his Camel Yamaha, a new track record. Rossi won the German GP last month, but failed to finish the next race, the US Grand Prix, which Hayden won before the competition took a three-week break. "I think I came back from holiday in a good shape," Rossi said. "Before the start I was quite stressed and not relaxed, because we had a lot of problems ... [But] this time we did a great job together with the team and I am very happy," he added. Italian compatriot Loris Capirossi, riding a Ducati, took second position on the grid, 0.25 seconds back.

■ Basketball

Monarchs advance to finals

Yolanda Griffith scored 17 points, Rebekkah Brunson added 14 and the Sacramento Monarchs advanced to the WNBA Western Conference finals with a methodical 92-64 victory over the Houston Comets on Saturday in Game 2 of their first-round series. Ticha Penicheiro had seven assists and hit two 3-pointers for the defending WNBA champion Monarchs, who won Game 1 of the best-of-three series in Houston before rolling into the conference finals for the fourth straight season.

■ Soccer

Men can watch women

Soccer authorities in Pakistan have dropped restrictions on men watching women play soccer a senior official said on Saturday. "Anybody can come and watch the matches," Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) technical director Mir Farooq said. "We have made adequate security and seating arrangements for everyone." When the women's championship was launched last year in this Muslim country, the PFF did not allow unaccompanied men to watch. Only men who came with their families were allowed in. Farooq said the women players had to wear baggy track suit trousers and long-sleeved shirts and their matches were to be supervised by a women referee. "We want to promote women's sports but we are also aware of the sensitivities associated with women's sports," he said.

■ Portugal
Porto wins Super Cup

Double winners Porto beat Cup runners-up Vitoria Setubal 3-0 on Saturday to win the Super Cup, the new season's curtain-raiser. Porto opened the scoring after 54 minutes through a bicycle kick from Brazilian striker Adriano. With Porto's new coach Jesualdo Ferreira in the stands and caretaker Rui Barros on the bench, the champions doubled the lead after 75 minutes when Brazilian teenager Anderson tapped in. One minute from the final whistle substitute Vieirinha completed the rout with a powerful shot from outside the area. Ferreira, Porto's sixth coach since they won the Champions League in 2004 under Jose Mourinho, replaced Dutchman Co Adriaanse who resigned last week.

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