Raiders `win' first draft pick
The Oakland Raiders found a silver lining to their miserable 2-14 season after the NFL announced on Tuesday they would get first pick in this year's draft. The Raiders finished with the worst record in the NFL and will get the marquee selection in April's draft of collegiate players. Among the players likely to be on the Raiders' radar will be Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, Louisiana State quarterback JaMarcus Russell and Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson. The Detroit Lions (3-13) will pick second and either the Cleveland Browns or Tampa Bay Buccaneers third.
Goldstein defeats Luczak
US player Paul Goldstein became the first competitor to go through to the knockout phase of the Adelaide International tournament with a 7-6 (8), 6-1 round-robin victory over Australian Peter Luczak yesterday. Luczak broke Goldstein's service for a 2-0 lead, but immediately gave it back by dropping serve and did not earn another break point for rest of the match. Goldstein won the tie-breaker 10-8 and then raced away with the second set, wrapping up the victory in just over 90 minutes. Third-seeded Radek Stepanek scored a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Russian Evgeny Korolev and Arnaud Clement of France beat Germany's Benjamin Becker 7-5, 6-1 in other matches.
Aussies top Antarctic peak
Four Australian climbers have reached the top of Antarctica's highest mountain, becoming the first to conquer the 4,892m peak after trekking from sea level across the frozen continent. The team, led by Mount Everest veteran Duncan Chessell, 36, reached Vinson Massif's peak on Tuesday after setting out to cross a 300km expanse of ice early last month. "It was great to finally get up on top of the peak and look back over the 300-odd kilometers that we have trekked in from," Chessell told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio yesterday. "Looking across at the ice cap to our south, which stretches about 1,100km to the South Pole was quite a unique and surreal experience," he said.
Diego voted Bundesliga best
Brazilian playmaker Diego was voted the best player during the first half of the Bundesliga season in a magazine's poll of 270 teammates and league rivals. Kicker said on Tuesday 49.6 percent had voted Werder Bremen's Diego, 21, as the best performer of the first half, well ahead of his teammates Miroslav Klose in second (32.7 percent) and Torsten Frings (4.1 percent), who was third. Klose, a striker, and Hertha Berlin's Marko Pantelic are the league's top scorers with 10 goals each. Diego, an attacking midfielder, is fourth with eight goals. Bremen, who have benefited greatly from Diego's move to Germany this season from Porto, lead the Bundesliga with 47 goals in 17 matches.
Cardinals win Orange Bowl
For much of the US college Orange Bowl game, the high-powered Louisville Cardinals were stalled in neutral. They blew a field goal, lost two fumbles and dropped a potential touchdown pass. But despite the rash of mistakes, there was no stopping the Cardinals from winning their first major bowl game in 15 years. Anthony Allen scored two touchdowns, one on a trick play, and Brian Brohm threw for 311 yards to lead Louisville past Wake Forest 24-13 on Tuesday night.
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
Thailand international Pitsamai Sornsai, a new arrival for Inter Taoyuan, is to lead her team against Taipei Bravo tomorrow in the 10th round of the Taiwan Mulan Football League. Sornsai, who is nicknamed Pui, has attracted interest from media and fans as the first foreigner signed to play in Taiwan’s women’s league. Inter are among six teams battling for the title this year. The addition of Sornsai is a boost for the international profile of women’s soccer in Taiwan and elevates the competition. The 31-year-old brings a wealth of experience, including from the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Championship, the Southeast Asian Games and
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very