■ Asian Games
Torch relay hits Bangkok
The Asian Games torch was carried through the streets of Bangkok yesterday, one leg of its 50,000km journey by boats, planes, bicycles and camels to the site of the event next month in Qatar. The final runner will carry the torch into the main stadium for the games, which will run from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15 games in Doha. The 14km relay in Bangkok began and ended at the National Stadium, where ceremonies and fireworks were scheduled for later yesterday. The torch will be flown to Mashad in Iran tomorrow. Organizers say that 3,500 bearers in 15 countries will have carried the torch by the time it reaches Doha after a 50-day journey. Forty-five countries are scheduled to participate in the 15th Asian Games, the continent's version of the Olympics. The last quadrennial event was staged in South Korea.
Diaz defends WBA title
Undefeated Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz successfully defended his World Boxing Association lightweight title for the fifth time by unanimously outpointing Fernando Angulo on Saturday. Diaz, 23, improved to 31-0 in the fight. He receiving winning scores of 118-109 from judges Luis Pabon and Gerald Maltz and 116-111 from referee Raul Caiz. Angulo (18-4) lost for the first time since July 2002. He had won 13 straight fights. The 12-round bout, held in Chase the infield of Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, featured few fireworks. Diaz built up a lead through the first six rounds but couldn't put the gritty Angulo away. Diaz landed several heavy shots to Angulo's head, but each time the challenger responded with a flurry. Caiz took a point away from Angulo for holding in the sixth round and warned him for headbutting Diaz in the eighth.
Mbote wins Seoul Marathon
Kenya's Jason Mbote won the JoongAng Seoul Marathon yesterday, taking home the US$50,000 prize with a time of 2:08:13. Fellow Kenyans Kirui Paul Kiprop (2:09:05) finished second and Maniym Philip (2:09:35) finished third. The women's race was won by South Korea's Kim Hye-kyong in 2:40:36.
■ Horse Racing
Invasor wins Breeders' Cup
Invasor pulled alongside Bernardini in the stretch and blew past the seemingly invincible colt for a stunning victory in the US$5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in Kentucky on Saturday. The victory in the richest horse race in the US was the ninth win in 10 career starts for the 4-year-old Invasor, who was bred in Argentina and is Uruguay's Horse of the Year. After his victory over a star-studded lineup, Invasor is likely to be voted the world's Horse of the Year.