Molik makes Aussie Open
It's been a tough road back from illness for Alicia Molik. Formerly the sixth-ranked player in the world, the Australian was struck down by a debilitating inner ear illness last year that saw her ranking slide out of the top 100. Yetserday, Molik, now No. 165, won the Australian Open wild card tournament that advances her to the main draw of next year's first Grand Slam beginning on Jan. 15 in Melbourne. Molik, who reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open last year, beat Jessica Moore 6-4, 6-4.
Wenger in hot water
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was charged with improper conduct on Monday for criticizing match officials during his team's draw with Portsmouth. The Football Association said the Frenchman was cited "in relation to his words and behavior" toward the officials at halftime of Sunday's game. Wenger was unhappy about the awarding of a free kick to Portsmouth, which led to Noe Pamarot's opening goal in first-half injury time. He complained to the fourth official and was ejected from the touchline by referee Steve Bennett, forcing him to watch the second half from the stands. The game ended 2-2. Wenger has until Jan. 5 to respond, the FA said.
Woods wins again
Tiger Woods was voted player of the year for a record eighth time by the Golf Writers Association of America, which selected Lorena Ochoa the best female player. He finished the season with six consecutive US tour victories. He won 97 percent of the vote. Woods has won the award every year except 1998 and 2004 since his first full season as a pro. Ochoa, the 24-year-old from Mexico, won six times on the US LPGA Tour and swept its major honors by leading the money list with over US$2.5 million, winning the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average and winning its points-based player of the year.
Fulham sink 'Boro
Brian McBride and Heidar Helguson scored first-half goals as Fulham beat struggling Middlesbrough 2-1 in the English Premier League on Monday. Helguson converted a penalty kick in the 12th minute after George Boateng brought down Moritz Volz. McBride doubled the lead in the 35th with a shot that deflected off Middlesbrough defender Chris Riggott. Middlesbrough pulled within a goal in the 74th minute when Mark Viduka capitalized on a poor goal kick from Fulham goalkeeper Antti Niemi. Fulham improved to 23 points and 11th place, while Middlesbrough remained in 17th, putting pressure on manager Gareth Southgate.
Owens fined US$35,000
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens has been fined US$35,000 for spitting at Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the NFL said on Monday. The incident occurred in the first quarter of the 38-28 victory over the Falcons on Saturday. Hall knocked Owens out of bounds on a pass play and the Cowboys receiver responded by spitting in his opponent's face. "I got frustrated and I apologize," Owens told the NFL Network. "It was a situation where he kept bugging me and getting in my face."
Bruised McPherson sues
Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Adrian McPherson is suing the Tennessee Titans because the NFL team's mascot hit him with a golf cart before the second half of an August exhibition game. McPherson filed his civil lawsuit on Friday in Davidson County Circuit Court and also also seeking US$5 million in compensatory damages for the Titans' negligence and US$15 million in punitive damages. A team spokesman said on Monday afternoon the Titans were aware of the lawsuit but had no further comment.
Larry Sherry dies
Larry Sherry, MVP of the 1959 World Series as a reliever for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 71. Sherry died early on Sunday at his home in Mission Viejo, according to his brother, Norm, a former catcher who also played for the Dodgers. Sherry was 2-0 with two saves and an 0.71 ERA to lead the Dodgers past the Chicago White Sox in six games to win the baseball World Series in their second year in Los Angeles. He was the winning pitcher in the fourth and sixth games.
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being
FULL GAME: Henry Sosa pitched nine innings for the Guardians, allowing only six hits all night, while the Monkeys’ offense were also shut out of their game Outfielder Lin An-ko carried a big bat this week — before his Uni-President Lions ran into the Fubon Guardians last night — blasting four home runs, including a grand slam as his side won four games in a row and moved into second on the CPBL table. However, the Lions could not sustain their super-charged offense for the whole week, as they were shut out 4-0 by the Guardians in New Taipei City. Fubon’s rookie catcher, Jhang Jin-de, took a page from Lin’s playbook. With two men on, Jhang smacked a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Henry Sosa of the Dominican Republic