Wie gets wild card place
Michelle Wie was selected as a wild card to make her Solheim Cup debut for the US on Sunday, while Catriona Matthew made Europe’s team after capturing the Women’s British Open. American captain Beth Daniel also picked Juli Inkster, who will make her eighth Solheim Cup appearance. Wie and Inkster will team up with Paula Creamer, Christie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Nicole Castrale, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel, Kristy McPherson, Christina Kim, Brittany Lincicome and Natalie Gulbis. Matthew is joined on the European team by Gwladys Nocera (France), Tania Elosegui (Spain), Diana Luna (Italy), Laura Davies (England), Sophie Gustafson (Sweden), Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Helen Alfredsson (Sweden), Maria Hjorth (Sweden), Becky Brewerton (Wales, wild card), Janice Moodie (Scotland, wild card) and Anna Nordqvist (Sweden, wild card).
Wilshere bags a brace
Teen star Jack Wilshere bagged a brace of goals on Sunday as Arsenal saw off Scottish champions Rangers 3-0 to lift the Emirates Cup. The 17-year-old scored the opener after just two minutes and then repeated the dose after Croatian international Eduardo had netted the second in the 11th minute. Earlier, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, beaten by Rangers the previous day, drew 1-1, with Maradona’s son-in-law Sergio Aguero netting for the Spaniards from the spot four minutes before the break after he was fouled by Albert Baning, before Ludovic Giuly leveled on 71 minutes. Not such good news for coach Arsene Wenger was having to withdraw French veteran William Gallas at the break after he took a knock to his right knee.
Villains lift Peace Cup
Aston Villa overcame Italian giants Juventus to win the Peace Cup on penalties on Sunday after both sides had failed to score at the end of extra-time. The Italians, who beat Real Madrid 2-1 in Friday’s semi-final, put Martin O’Neill’s up-and-coming team under intense pressure in a fast-paced game, played in the southern Spanish city of Seville, in which both sides failed to convert a host of chances. In the end, Carlos Cuellar scored for Villa, while Nicola Legrottaglie missed the last spot-kick to give the English Premier League side a 4-3 win on penalties.
Teen dies of head injuries
A 16-year-old boy who suffered severe head injuries in a rugby training session at a Queensland state high school has died in hospital, an official said yesterday. Lewis Moss, who died on Sunday, had been in a Brisbane hospital’s intensive care unit for 11 days after the injuries in a training accident on July 26 at the Christian Outreach College in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane. Moss, who went into cardiac arrest as a result of the accident, was placed in an induced coma, but his condition deteriorated at the weekend.
Pace man Caddick to retire
Former England fast bowler Andy Caddick on Sunday announced his retirement at the end of the season. The 40-year-old, who has 1,178 first-class wickets and 234 Test victims, said: “I’m 40 — it’s as simple as that. I wanted to call time while I was still physically and mentally strong, rather than playing on for the sake of it. Retirement had to be on my terms, not anyone else’s. Somerset are still in with a chance of winning the championship for the first time this season and that would be the perfect way for me to bow out.”
Massa flies home to Brazil
Injured Formula One driver Felipe Massa left his Hungarian hospital and boarded his private jet on Monday to return home to Brazil, an AFP photographer reported. Massa was accompanied by his wife, Rafaela, and his doctor Dino Altman. His jet flew out of Budapest and was expected to stop over in Dakar, Senegal, before flying on to Sao Paulo. Massa will go to a Brazilian hospital for check-ups but is not going to be further hospitalized, his father, Luiz Antonio Massa, said earlier. The 28-year-old Ferrari driver had been taken to Budapest’s AEK hospital on July 25 after a horror crash during qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Crossing record broken
French skipper Pascal Bidegorry and his Banque Populaire V crew have broken the North Atlantic crossing record between New York and Lizard Point on the British mainland. Bidegorry and his 11-man crew crossed in 3 days, 15 hours, 25 minutes, 48 seconds, reaching the southernmost point on the British mainland on Sunday. The previous record of 4 days, 3 hours, 57 minutes, 54 seconds was set in July, 2007 by French skipper Franck Cammas. Bidegorry’s crew set an average speed of 32,94 knots (61kph) over the 4,707km, while Cammas and his nine-man crew had sailed at an average of 28.65 knots.
S Korean official suspended
Amateur boxing’s world governing body has suspended Korean Amateur Boxing Federation chief Yoo Jae-joon for 18 months after he sent a banned official to an international competition in violation of regulations, a South Korean sports official said on Monday. The International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA), also fined Yoo 2,000 Swiss francs (US$1,868), Korea Sports Council official Kim Sung-chul said. AIBA notified the council of its decision on Saturday, saying Yoo’s organization sent one of its executives as South Korea’s team doctor to a youth competition at Armenia in May. His inclusion went against the AIBA’s earlier suspension of all South Korean boxing executives pending a probe into allegations of a fraudulent weigh-in.
Webb opts for surgery
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Webb was to undergo surgery on his right shoulder yesterday, attempting to repair problems that have limited him to just one game this season. “We support his decision to have surgery,” Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes told the team Web site, arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com, on Sunday. Webb, who won the National League Cy Young Award in 2006, has not pitched since April’s Opening Day and the 30-year-old experienced discomfort in his right shoulder recently when he began throwing after a long layoff.
Japan mourns ‘Flying Fish’
The death of Japanese swimming legend Hironoshin Furuhashi has stirred emotions in his country, which drew much inspiration from his stunning run of world records in the years immediately after World War II. Furuhashi, who was 80, was found dead of heart failure on Sunday in his hotel room in Rome where he had attended the world swimming championships as vice president of the sport’s governing body, FINA. Furuhashi earned the nickname the “Flying Fish of Fujiyama [Mount Fuji]” from a stunned US media when he broke the 400m, 800m and 1,500m marks at the US national championships in 1949.
Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka had their honeymoon wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but their resourcefulness in enforced exile in Cape Verde has won them appointments as ambassadors for its Olympic team. The Kataokas had completed a third of their round-the-world trip when a suspension in long-haul flights stranded them for five months in the archipelago of 10 tiny islands off the coast of West Africa. Unable to resume their journey to Europe and then home to Japan, and unwilling to head to the African mainland, where virus cases are spiking, they had to trade their skills with domestic businesses to
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Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
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