Duo tee up record attempt
Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Emanuele Canonica of Italy will attempt to break the world driving-distance record of 808m ahead of next week's Mallorca Classic. Briton Paul Slater, the record holder, will also be present when the South runway of the Son Sant Joan airport in Palma is closed for two hours on Tuesday. Slater, 35, a teaching professional from Bolton, set the record in April on the runway of an old airport in Wroughton, England, surpassing his previous mark of 658.3m.
English FA suspends agent
England's Football Association suspended agent Charles Mambo on Friday from all soccer-related activity. The FA, citing legal reasons, would not say why Mambo was suspended. However, the FA and Premier League have been cracking down on agents implicated in probes into illegal payments in player transfers. Mambo was suspended after the FA received the results of a test to determine "good character and reputation." That test includes consideration of an agent's criminal record and financial history.
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Fijian ace returning to Agen
Fiji winger Rupeni Caucaunibuca, who has been absent from his club Agen for four months, will return to France this weekend, the club said on Friday. Caucaunibuca, the top try scorer in France for the last two seasons with 33 in total, had been expected to resume his career in France in time for the new league season. But he was delayed by having to play internationals matches. Then he was forced to stay in Fiji after falling seriously ill and was hospitalized. Reports suggested that he lost 12 kilos in the process. After recovering, Caucaunibuca's expected return to Europe was delayed further when his wife became sick after giving birth to the couple's second child last month.
Grabner and Kober triumph
Austria's Siegfried Grabner and Germany's Amelie Kober won the snowboarding season's opening races in the parallel giant slalom World Cup on Friday. Grabner beat Switzerland's Simon Schoch in the final to secure the victory in the men's events while Olympic silver medalist Kober defeated Marion Kreiner of Austria in the women's final. Thursday's win gave Grabner an early overall standings leadership of 1000 points, followed by Simon Schoch, who has 800. Marc Iselin, Schoch's compatriot, is third with 600 points. On the women's side, Kober held the standings lead with 1000 points while Kreiner has 800. Heidi Neururer of Austria is third with 600 points. The Dutch meet was the first of 31 events to be held across 12 countries.
Woods opts out of Classic
Tiger Woods has decided not to enter the Funai Classic at Disney. Woods missed the cut at Disney last year, so this is the third straight US PGA Tour event to which he will not return the year after missing the cut. The others were the 1997 Canadian Open and last year's Byron Nelson Championship. That streak is sure to end next year at the US Open, where he missed the cut at Winged Foot for the first time in a major. Woods has won six consecutive starts on the PGA Tour, and it will be at least two weeks before he tries for No. 7. He likely will not play again until the season-ending Tour Championship that starts on Nov. 2 at East Lake, although Woods has not said for sure he is playing.
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