Sun, May 13, 2007 - Page 22 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ SOCCER

Big Sam set for the Toon

Former Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce appears poised to take over at Newcastle United, according to newspaper reports early yesterday. Allardyce, who ended an eight-year spell at Bolton when he quit the Premier League club last month, held talks with Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd on Friday. Shepherd likened the 52-year-old former central defender to Joe Harvey, who was at the helm when Newcastle last won a trophy in the 1969 Fairs Cup, the forerunner to the UEFA Cup. "The club needs a lift and Sam is the nearest I've seen to a replica of Joe Harvey," Shepherd was quoted as saying.

■ BOXING

WBA title fight drawn

Puerto Rico's Jose Cotto and Thailand's Prawat Singwangcha fought to a 12-round draw on Friday in a bout for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight title. Judges Samuel Conde and Guy Justra scored the bout 114-114, while Tom Miller saw it 117-111 for Singwangcha. Cotto, the older brother of WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, started strong and landed the cleaner punches early, with Singwangcha dominating the later rounds. The decision put Cotto's record at 28-1-1, with 20 knockouts, while Singwangcha now has a record of 30-2-1, with 18 wins inside the distance.

■ SOCCER

Police to question Barton

Police are to question Manchester City and England midfielder Joey Barton over reports that he attacked a team mate, newspapers said on Friday. The Manchester Evening News quoted a spokesman for Greater Manchester police as saying: "We are due to speak to a 25-year-old man in connection with a report of assault from a 30-year-old man. Arrangements are being made for the 25-year-old man to go to a police station for questioning. Inquiries are ongoing."

■ CRICKET

Opener Imran Farhat fined

The Pakistan Cricket Board has launched its zero tolerance policy on indiscipline by fining Imran Farhat and placing him on probation for six months after the opener expressed his dissent at the national selectors. The board acted after 24-year-old Farhat telephoned chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed to complain about his omission from this month's one-day series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi. Salahuddin, a former test player, filed a written complaint to the board in which he explained that Farhat's father-in-law had also voiced his displeasure with the selectors' decision in person.

■ GOLF

Oosthuizen leads in Spain

Louis Oosthuizen held a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Andalucia Open on Friday, while Lee Westwood carded a course record 8-under 64. Oosthuizen had a 20-foot birdie putt at the 18th to finish his round with 5-under 67 and a total of 10-under 134. The South African held a one-stroke lead over France's Francois Delamontagne (66), first-round leader Matthew Zions of Australia (70) and Italian Open winner Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain (68). Steve Jones, the 1996 US Open winner, is at 8-under 136, along with Westwood. Jones saw a bogey at No. 18 spoil his round of 67, which included an eagle 2 at the 15th. Jones, who finished 60th at last week's Italian Open, played with Westwood.

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