New 100m butterfly record
Libby Lenton set a new short course world record for the women's 100m butterfly yesterday at the Australian Short Course Championships in Hobart, Australia. Lenton edged Jessicah Schipper to win in 55.95 seconds, taking 0.39 off the previous mark set by American Nathalie Coughlin in 2002. "It's such a great feeling, such a rush," she said. Schipper, who set a long course world record in the 200m butterfly at the Pan Pacific championships in Canada last week, was second in 56.66.
■ Rugby League
Ricky Stuart to exit NRL
Australia rugby league coach Ricky Stuart will lose his NRL club job at the Sydney Roosters next Monday. Amid mounting speculation that Stuart would be fired with the club languishing next-to-last in the 15 team national league standings, his manager met with Roosters officials late yesterday and agreed to "mutually end" the coaching contract. Stuart, who became Australia coach this season and had a successful stint at New South Wales' State of Origin coach, has presided over a declining Roosters outfit since guiding the club to the NRL premiership in 2002. Stuart's last match in charge will be on Saturday against St George-Illawarra in the last round of the regular season. Under the agreement, the club will pay out the remainder of Stuart's contract, which was due to end in October next year.
Player struck by lightning
A 17-year-old soccer player hit by lightning during an amateur game has died, police said. The victim, whose name was not immediately released, died early yesterday. Lightning hit the teenager while he was playing for Ulfborg against Maabjerg at a tournament in northwestern Denmark on Saturday. Nine other players were knocked over. "There were no clouds on the sky. Only a black cloud far away," Maabjerg goalie Kasper Stoettrup told the daily Dagbladet Holstebro Struer. "Suddenly he was just hit. Out of nothing." The game was played in Ulfborg, 330km northwest of Copenhagen.
■ Olympic Games
Official returns to post
The head of a Chinese state-owned property company has returned to work two months after being detained for questioning in a corruption investigation that has marred Beijing's 2008 Olympic preparations. Liu Xiaoguang (劉曉光), general manager of Beijing Capital Group Company and chairman of its Hong Kong-listed subsidiary Beijing Capital Land Ltd, resumed his duties last Thursday, the listed subsidiary said yesterday in a statement. Liu's detention was part of the biggest corruption scandal to hit the Chinese capital in a decade. The property developer was among the highest profile figures detained for questioning in a probe of a city vice mayor.
Sydney FC pays for success
Sydney FC is learning the price of success in Australia's fledgling A-League. The Sydney club, winner of the re-launched Australian domestic soccer league in its inaugural season, was fined A$89,000 (US$67,500) yesterday because its players did not fulfill a set quota of community work. Because the club cooperated with the Football Federation Australia's (FFA) investigation, the fine was halved and the deduction of one game was suspended for a season.
■ Little League
Series goes prime time
The Little League World Series title game is going prime-time because Sunday's contest between the teams from Columbus, Georgia, and Kawaguchi City, Japan, was postponed because of rain. The game was rescheduled for 8pm last night, the first time a championship game has ever been played on a Monday evening. Little League President Stephen Keener said organizers wanted to give the field a chance to dry out after rain all day Sunday.