Delerue and Jacobellis win
Xavier Delerue of France and Lindsey Jacobellis of the US won gold on Sunday in the snowboardcross event at the Snowboarding World Championships. Two Americans finished behind Delerue, with Seth Wescott taking silver and Nate Holland placing third. It was sweet revenge for Jacobellis, who defeated Olympic champion Tanja Frieden in the semifinals. Jacobellis had lost the Olympic final to Frieden at the Turin Games. Sandra Frei of Switzerland took the silver medal, while Helene Olafsen of Norway won bronze.
Violence mars friendly
Sixteen FC Utrecht fans were arrested on Sunday after fighting with Schalke 04 supporters in the center of Utrecht ahead of a friendly match. Police spokeswoman Ellen de Heer reported no arrests of Schalke fans, but said one FC Utrecht supporter was being treated for injuries after being bitten by a police dog. "A number of Schalke supporters, several dozen, came into confrontation with a group of Utrecht supporters," said Marc van Rossum, a local reporter who saw the fighting. The brawl started in front of a pub and moved through the city center "until the police stepped in and took the Schalke supporters under protection," he added.
Selectors rest Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting will be rested on Friday for the clash with England in Brisbane. Australia beat England by eight wickets in the series opener last Friday in Melbourne and then beat New Zealand by 105 runs on Sunday. Ponting, who has been playing continuously since Sept. 22, will return for the New Zealand match in Sydney on Sunday. Brad Hodge will replace Ponting in the 14-man squad for the England match and Adam Gilchrist will captain the side with Mike Hussey as vice-captain. "We feel that Ricky Ponting needs and deserves a break," said selectors chairman Andrew Hilditch.
■ Rugby League
Rogers switches codes again
Former Australian rugby union fullback Mat Rogers has agreed to contract terms with the Gold Coast Titans for this year's National Rugby League season. Rogers, 31, will join his new teammates a year earlier than initially expected after quitting rugby union last month. "I'm just rapped to have everything sorted out and very much looking forward to getting in and doing the hard yards," Rogers said yesterday. "To be back in rugby league a year earlier than I expected is just huge." Rogers' departure has left Australia in a precarious position ahead of the rugby union World Cup with regular fullback, Chris Latham, out injured for the Super 14 season with a knee injury.
Canete wins Joburg Open
Ariel Canete birdied three of the final four holes and won the Joburg Open by two strokes on Sunday, earning the 31-year-old Argentine his first European tour title. Canete, who finished 146th on the Order of Merit last year and 53rd in November's qualifying school, closed with a 67 for a 19-under 266 and a winner's purse of 158,500 euros (US$205,000) more than he won in the last two seasons on the European circuit combined. After being forced off the course at the turn on Saturday due to thunderstorms with a one-stroke lead, Canete and 35 others had to return early on Sunday to finish their rounds. He birdied eight of the 27 remaining holes -- with one bogey -- and held off South Africa's Andrew McLardy.
Blackhawks tame the Wild
Pavol Demitra scored the only shootout goal and the Minnesota Wild rallied to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Sunday night. A possible shootout goal by Denis Arkhipov, Chicago's third shooter, was disallowed after a video review. Minnesota goalie Manny Fernandez stopped the shot, but it nearly trickled over the goal line. Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Marian Gaborik and Wes Walz scored in regulation for Minnesota, which won its third straight overall and on the road. The Wild hadn't posted three consecutive road wins since February. Tuomo Ruutu, Martin Havlat, Cam Barker scored in regulation for Chicago, which lost its sixth straight.
Half marathon record set
Former Stanford University runner Ryan Hall set a North American record in the Aramco Half Marathon and USA Half Marathon championship on Sunday. The 24-year-old US runner won in 59 minutes, 43 seconds to best the 1:00:55 Mark Curp ran in Philadelphia in 1985. Feyisa Tusse won the men's title in the Chevron Houston Marathon and Dire Tune won the women's race. Tusse, a 23-year-old US runner, finished in 2:11:39. Tune set a course record in 2:26:52. Elva Dryer, 35, won the women's half-marathon in 1:11:42.
■ Field Hockey
Argies, Dutch, Aussies win
Argentina easily beat Spain 4-1 on Sunday night to join the Netherlands and Australia atop the standings at field hockey's women's Champions Trophy in Buenos Aires. Australia beat Germany 2-1 to hand the defending champion its second loss in as many games and the Netherlands dominated Japan 3-0 to give the leaders six points each. After yesterday's rest day, play resumes today as Spain meets Australia, Germany plays Japan and Argentina faces the Netherlands in the late match. The tournament runs through Jan. 21.
Guadeloupe shocks Cuba
Guadeloupe shocked Cuba 2-1, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines beat Guyana 2-0 in the Caribbean Cup finals on Sunday in Marabella, Trinidad. Cuba dominated first-half possession before a cross was volleyed home by the Guadeloupe's Steve Bizacene. Cuba continued to press and equalized in the 69th minute through Osvaldo Alonso, but Guadeloupe won it in the 87th minute with a free kick. In the later game, Grenadines striker Shandel Samuel scored on a rebound and substitute Sean Glynn sealed the victory when he scored two minutes later.
Watson, Nicklaus win Skins
Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson earned seven skins and US$260,000 on the back nine on Sunday to win the Champions Skins Game in Wailea, Hawaii, over Gary Player and Jay Haas. Nicklaus and Watson finished with nine skins worth US$320,000, boosting the Golden Bear to a career record 96 skins. Last year's runners-up sealed the win when Player and Haas bogeyed the first playoff hole and were eliminated. Player and Haas finished with six skins worth US$290,000 in the four-team, alternate-shot event. Arnold Palmer drained a 3m birdie on the second playoff hole on No. 16 to earn a skin worth US$100,000 to avoid being shut out for the third straight year. He was teamed with Loren Roberts, who was making his first appearance in the tournament.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
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
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