Mon, Jun 08, 2009 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■INDY RACING

Castroneves beats Penske

Helio Castroneves, who last month won the Indianapolis 500 for the third time, beat Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe off pit row on the final stop and held on for the final 46 laps to win at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. Briscoe was dominating the race, with more than a 10-second lead before a caution flag on the 150th of the 228 laps bunched the field. Castroneves worked past Marco Andretti after that restart and was on the tail of his teammate when A.J. Foyt IV crashed 15 laps later.

■OLYMPICS

Putin taps Baltika founder

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Saturday appointed the founder of the Baltika beer company, one of Russia’s best known brands, to head the state firm in charge of building for the 2014 Olympics. Russia is hoping to raise its international prestige by hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics in its southern resort city of Sochi, but the economic crisis has sparked concerns whether the building work will be finished on time. At a ceremony at his out-of-town residence of Novo-Ogarevo, Putin appointed Taimuraz Bolloyev head of Olimpstroi, the state firm in charge of overseeing the construction program for the Olympics, news agencies reported.

■BASEBALL

Return may be delayed

Australian left-handed pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith’s return to the starting rotation of Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners might be delayed after he struggled in a minor-league game. The 26-year-old native of Sydney has been on Seattle’s disabled list with triceps tendinitis since the season began but pitched for the Mariners’ top developmental club at nearby Tacoma on Friday. Rowland-Smith surrendered 12 runs and 14 hits in 4 2/3 innings and Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said he would decide by today about Rowland-Smith’s return.

■GOLF

Montgomerie’s hopes hit

Colin Montgomerie’s hopes of mounting a challenge at the rain-hit Wales Open were hit as the former European No. 1 struggled badly at the start of his third round on Saturday. The European Ryder Cup captain was made to wait six-and-a-half hours to tee off after heavy rain flooded fairways and bunkers on the venue for next year’s trans-Atlantic match, and it soon became apparent that he was in for a frustrating day. On the short third, he came up short and rolled down the bank into the lake and at the 433-yard fifth he went from a fairway bunker into more water by the green.

■RUGBY

Perpignan takes Top 14

Perpignan clinched their first French rugby Top 14 title in 54 years when they inflicted on Clermont their 10th defeat in as many finals on Saturday at the Stade de France. Perpignan won the game 22-13 through a try by center David Marty, a drop goal from Gavin Hume, the South African flyhalf who took over from Carter, a conversion and four penalties from fullback Jerome Porical. Clermont replied with a try from Fijian wing Napolioni Nalaga, who headed the Top 14 best try scorer standings with 21 touchdowns, and a conversion and two penalties by Australian flyhalf Brock James.

■BOXING

Foreman III wins pro debut

George Foreman III won his professional debut on Saturday, stopping Clyde Weaver at 1:16 of the first round in Kinder, Louisiana. Foreman, the 26-year-old son of two-time world heavyweight champion George Foreman, floored Weaver with a left hook to the chin. Earlier, the 192cm, 107kg Foreman knocked Weaver (0-2) down with a left hook to the body. When the opening bell rang, Foreman ran straight ahead to meet the unheralded Weaver and began to throw jabs and hooks. Less than 30 seconds into the fight, Foreman threw a left hook that landed on Weaver’s chin, forcing him to the canvas. Weaver got up, but landed back on the mat again when Foreman hit him with a left hook to the body.

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