Mon, Dec 11, 2006 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Biathlon
Russia edges Germany

Olympic and world champions Russia rallied to edge Germany in a 4x6km women's relay biathlon race at a World Cup meet in Hochfilzen, Austria, yesterday. Natalia Guseva overtook Kati Wilhelm in the final lap for Russia to finish in 1 hour, 18 minutes, 24.7 seconds -- 0.7 seconds in front of Germany. Norway was 1:50.4 back in third place. It was the first World Cup relay of the season.

■ Motorsport

Jonny Reid wins Grand Prix

Jonny Reid of New Zealand won yesterday's A1 Grand Prix feature race in Sentul, Indonesia, holding to on to victory by just two seconds in a race that started late after a rain shower. Earlier in the day, Reid won the sprint race at the Sentul circuit, marking his country's first A1 victory. Reid won the 47-lap feature race Sunday in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 36 seconds. Niko Hulkenberg of Germany finished second in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 38 seconds, while France's Nicolas Lapierre was third. Polesitter Reid led into the first corner but was pressed heavily by Mexico's Salvador Duran and Great Britain's Robbie Kerr. South Africa's Alan van der Merwe shot from eighth to fourth by the end of the first lap.

■ Boxing

Harrison stops Williams

Former Olympic super-heavyweight champion Audley Harrison stopped Danny Williams in the third round on Saturday in a non-title heavyweight fight at ExCel Arena in London. Harrison, the 2000 Sydney winner who lost a decision to Williams a year ago, floored Williams with a left uppercut. With accurate shots, the 35-year-old left-hander opened up deep gashes on the bridge of Williams' nose and underneath his left eye. "They don't give away Olympic gold medals. I can fight," said Harrison, who exchanged punches with Williams at Friday's weigh-in. "In 2007 I will win the world title, in 2008 I will be undisputed. You saw today I have definitely got the skills. People say I've got no heart and am petrified. The bottom line is that we all have bad days at the office. Last year I was not in the right place," he said.

■ Cricket

Simmons hits half century

Lendl Simmons scored his maiden limited-overs half century yesterday as the West Indies made 207 for seven in the third game against Pakistan in Lahore in an innings shortened by malfunctioning of flood-lights. The floodlights went off in the 28th over at Gaddafi Stadium before umpires stopped play in the 47th due to poor natural light in the day-night game with 3.3 overs still to be bowled in the West Indies innings. Simmons made 70 off 130 balls with seven fours before he was bowled by Rana Naved (3-37) in his return spell to become the seventh wicket to fall. One ball later, umpires walked off the field due to poor visibility with thick cloud cover. "Pakistan's target will be revised once the flood lights are switched on," an official said.

■ Golf
Nick O'Hern claims title

Nick O'Hern ended a long victory drought when he holed out from a bunker at the fourth sudden death playoff hole in the Australian PGA Championship yesterday. O'Hern, who has finished second in 12 events in the US, Europe and Australia since his maiden 1999 Coolum Classic triumph, struck a superb shot from the sand to deny fellow Australian Peter Lonard a third title at Coolum. Both carded four-under-par 68s in their final round to finish on 22-under for the tournament, three clear of Wade Ormsby and four ahead of another Australian Paul Gow. The win also secured the Australasian order of merit title for O'Hern.

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