Van Pelt wins PGA Tour title
Bo Van Pelt won his first PGA Tour title when he birdied the second hole of a sudden death playoff to beat fellow American John Mallinger in the Milwaukee Championship at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Sunday. Van Pelt eased home a three-foot putt after missing a 26-footer to claim his first tour victory in 229 tournaments. He and Mallinger both birdied the first playoff hole after finishing regulation at 13-under 267 over the Brown Deer Park Golf Course.
FIG reprimands Taiwan
The governing body of gymnastics has fined and criticized the Taiwanese federation for its conduct in a doping case involving a teenage athlete. The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) banned Chiu Shih-Hui, an 18-year-old aerobic gymnast, for two years after he tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. The ban was applied retroactively from the day of the doping test and runs through Nov. 2 next year. In a ruling issued on Saturday, FIG harshly criticized the Taiwan federation, which was “reprimanded with an accompanying heavy fine” of an undisclosed amount. It was sanctioned for “repeatedly failing to communicate with the FIG and neglecting to assist its gymnast,” the global governing body said.
Surtees dies in F2 race
Henry Surtees, the son of 1964 Formula One Champion John Surtees, has died after being struck in the head during an F2 race on Sunday. The 18-year-old Surtees was knocked unconscious after being hit by a tire from another car, causing his car to crash into a barrier in the second of the weekend’s races at Brands Hatch. He was airlifted to Royal London hospital, where was later pronounced dead. Surtees, who finished third in Saturday’s opening race for his first F2 podium finish, had starred in F3 last year.
US advance to final
Ashley Hansen clubbed a grand slam and Jennie Finch threw a two-hit shutout as the US advanced to the World Cup of Softball championship game with a 8-0 win against Australia in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Sunday. The teams were set to meet again in the championship game yesterday after Australia, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, bounced back to beat Italy 8-0 in five innings later on Sunday. In the day’s other games, Haruna Sakamoto hit a grand slam off US college softball player of the year Danielle Lawrie as Japan eliminated Canada from finals contention with a 5-4 win.
Chen, Wang cruise to gold
Olympic champions Chen Roulin and Wang Xin of China cruised to the gold medal in 10m synchronized diving at the world championships on Sunday. Chen and Wang compiled 369.18 points, leading after all five rounds. Mary Beth Dunnichay and Haley Ishimatsu of the US took the silver medal with 324.66 points, and Mun Yee Leong and Pandelela Rinong Pamg of Malaysia were third with 321.66. Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion of Canada finished fourth, and Olympic silver medalists Briony Cole and Melissa Wu of Australia were fifth. Meanwhile, Julia Pakhalina of Russia won the gold medal in women’s 1m springboard diving, her first title at a worlds or Olympics in nine years. Pakhalina led from start to finish and totaled 325.05 points through the five-dive final. Wu Minxia of China took the silver medal with 311.90 points and Wang Han of China was third with 303.95. Tania Cagnotto of Italy finished fourth.
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