Ventoso wins classic
Spaniard Francisco Ventoso of the CarmioOro team won the Paris-Brussels classic on Saturday to end Australia’s recent domination of the race. Ventoso dominated Frenchman Romain Feillu, who finished second, and Dutchman Stefan van Dijk, who was third, in a sprint to the finish line in the swanky Uccle quarter of Europe’s capital. Australian Robbie McEwen has won the race five times, while Saxo Bank’s Matt Goss kept the tradition up by winning last year. The finale to this year’s course, however, was toughened up by race organizers, with the addition of several small climbs before the finishing home straight.
US wins DecaNation meet
David Oliver of the US won the 110m hurdles at the DecaNation athletics meet in Annecy, France, on Saturday without threatening Dayron Robles’ world record. Oliver, the Beijing bronze medalist, clocked 13.11 seconds to claim an easy win ahead of Garfield Darien of France, who was second in 13.65 seconds. Stefano Tedesco of Italy finished third in 13.68 seconds at the Parc des Sports. Three-time European gold medalist Christophe Lemaitre of France finished second in his home town in the 100m. Michael Rodgers of the US won in 10.13 seconds. Lao Yi of China was third in 10.51 seconds. The US won the meet, which pits seven nations against each other in the 10 decathlon disciplines.
Moore dresses for success
Sporting a retro shirt and tie ensemble on Saturday, Ryan Moore was dressed for success and his golf was equally sharp as a five-under 66 earned a one-shot lead after the BMW Championship third round. Moore, whose classic attire drew lots of attention, evoked memories of former greats like Bobby Jones when six birdies and one bogey gave him an eight-under total of 205 on a soggy day at the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Illinois. Lurking one shot back are US Ryder Cup pair Matt Kuchar (70) and Dustin Johnson (68) and South Korea’s Charlie Wi (70). Britons Ian Poulter (69) and Paul Casey (69) were one shot further adrift on 207.
Kaymer grabs the lead
A sparkling finish by Martin Kaymer took him to the top of the Dutch Open leaderboard in Hilversum, Netherlands, on Saturday in his first tournament since winning the USPGA Championship. The German birdied the last two holes to complete a four-under 66 and a 10-under 200 total, one stroke better than Sweden’s Christian Nilsson and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti. Having watched three putts lip out on the back nine, Kaymer’s ball at last did the decent thing on the 17th hole by going in from 10 feet. On the 18th, Kaymer produced the sort of shot that earned him his first major title, pitching to less than a foot from an awkward lie in a bunker.
Karmis claims Handa title
Peter Karmis of South Africa completed a hard fought victory over compatriot Jbe Kruger to claim his first Asian Tour title at the Handa Singapore Classic yesterday. Karmis posted a one-under 71 for a four-day total of 21-under 267 to defeat Kruger by two strokes at the Orchid Country Club. Thailand’s Pariya Junhasavasdikul (68) signed off with a 270 total to finish in third place, his best placing this season, while Australia’s Scott Hend (67) was two strokes back on 272. Mardan Mamat was the best local performer, finishing in tied fifth place with Taiwan’s Chan Yih-shin and South Korea’s Young Nam on 273.
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympic Games has said that he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid. Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu, was paid US$8.2 million by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games, financial records showed. Takahashi said the work included lobbying International Olympic Committee (IOC) members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, and that he gave Diack gifts, including digital
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