Alkmaar fight back to win
AZ Alkmaar moved closer to their first Dutch league title in nearly 30 years on Saturday by beating ADO The Hague 4-1. Alkmaar need just five more points in the last five games to secure the championship after second-place FC Twente lost ground by drawing 1-1 at NEC Nijmegen on Friday. ADO The Hague took a surprise lead in the 40th minute when Christiaan Kum headed in Richard Knopper’s free kick, before the hosts rallied in the second half. Moussa Dembele equalized in the 50th before Maarten Martens put AZ ahead in the 61st. Mounir El Hamdaoui added the third in the 79th from a cross by Nick van der Velden. El Hamdaoui then returned the favor by setting up Van der Velden for his first career league goal in the 83rd. AZ, led by veteran coach Louis van Gaal, have 73 points to lead Twente by 11. Elsewhere, Evgeniy Levchenko scored in stoppage time to give FC Groningen a 1-0 win over FC Utrecht. Heerenveen drew 1-1 with Heracles Almelo and PSV beat Sparta Rotterdam 2-0.
Porto lead by seven points
A second-half rally saw FC Porto beat Guimaraes 3-1 to open up a seven-point lead atop the Portuguese league on Saturday. Roberto Felix fired Guimaraes ahead in the 19th minute but the Portuguese champions battled back after the break with Ernesto Farias drawing the visitors level with a 52nd-minute header. Mariano Gonzalez scored six minutes later before Rolando sealed Porto’s victory in the 88th.
Kenya defeat Afghanistan
Kenya halted the victory roll of giant-killers Afghanistan on Saturday with a 107-run win in the 2011 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. The east Africans compiled a daunting 282-5 in their alloted 50 overs with Kennedy Obuya hitting an undefeated 109 in Potchefstroom. Facing their first major test of the final qualifying tournament for the World Cup, Afghanistan surrendered five wickets for 62 runs and were all out for 175 after 47 overs.
Rank outsider wins National
Liam Treadwell rode 100-1 shot Mon Mome to a 12-length victory in the Grand National on Saturday.
The nine-year-old horse equaled Foinavon in 1967 as the biggest-priced winner in the 7.2km, 30-fence slog around Aintree. In a race delayed by two false starts, the outsider stretched away from his rivals after jumping the last of the fences. Comply or Die, last year’s winner, was second in the 162nd running of the world’s most famous steeplechase. The race was marred by a death, as Hear The Echo collapsed and died just a few hundred meters from the winning post. He was the fifth horse to die this year in the three-day meeting.
Rider dies in Tasmania
A motorcycle rider was killed yesterday and another injured during a race at an Australian Superbikes meet, emergency and race officials said. The accident occurred at Symmons Plains Raceway near Launceston on the island state of Tasmania during the second round of the domestic Superbikes championships. Racing was stopped for the day following the fatal crash, which involved two motorcycles hitting a fallen rider. Tasmania Police confirmed a 29-year-old had died in the incident. His name was not immediately released. “That part of the track is quite challenging as you’re trying to get hard on the throttle for the run down the straight,” said reigning Australian Superbike champion Glenn Allerton.