Walkinshaw passes away
Former team Arrows boss and Gloucester rugby club chairman Tom Walkinshaw has died at age 64, the rugby club said on Sunday. Walkinshaw, who had been suffering from cancer, was a former racing driver whose F1 career began with Benetton after successes at Le Mans and in touring cars with Jaguar. The Scotsman brought Ross Brawn along with him and then helped lure Michael Schumacher to the team from Jordan. Walkinshaw moved to Ligier after Schumacher’s first of seven championships in 1994 before taking over the top position at Arrows two years later. Arrows — which first raced in 1978 — folded in 2002 after 382 Grand Prixs without a single victory.
King stopped with ammo
Promoter Don King was stopped by security at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Ohio for having ammunition in his carry-on luggage. Hopkins Airport spokeswoman Jacqueline Mayo said the 79-year-old King was stopped by members of the US Transportation Safety Administration on Sunday night. She said King had ammunition for .38-caliber and .357-caliber firearms in his bag. Mayo said the ammunition was taken and that King was released to continue his trip, she believes to Florida. WIOI-TV in Cleveland first reported the incident and said King was in Cleveland for his wife’s funeral. Henrietta King, 87, died on Thursday in Florida from complications from stomach cancer.
Grospiron quits as bid head
Edgar Grospiron has resigned as the head of the French region of Annecy’s struggling bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Grospiron announced his decision on Sunday during a meeting of the bid’s supervisory board, the board’s chairman Christian Monteil told The Associated Press by telephone. Monteil said Grospiron “will no longer be general director” and “we will have to recruit someone to replace him” within the next two weeks. Grospiron, Olympic moguls champion in 1992, “remains at the disposal” of the Annecy bid to help in other roles and with the transition toward a new leader, Monteil said, adding that the split was amicable.
Lebid wins ninth Euro title
Ukrainian veteran Sergiy Lebid won the men’s European cross country title for the ninth time in Albufeira, Portugal, on Sunday. The 35-year-old — who won the first of his nine titles back in 1998 — beat home Spain’s Ayal Lamdassem while Youssef El Kalai of Portugal took bronze. Lebid took full advantage of the absence of Spanish holder Alemayehu Bezabeh, who was withdrawn from the event on Thursday after being implicated in the latest doping scandal to hit Spanish sport, and Britain’s runner-up last year Mo Farah. Lebid — who also has three bronzes and a silver in the event — was dropped from the leaders after Lamdassem upped the pace with a kilometer to go but Lebid fought back using his experience and his powerful sprint finish to prevail.
Song earns LPGA tour card
Aree Song won the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament on Sunday, shooting a one-over 73 in wind, rain and cold for a two-stroke victory over 17-year-old Jessica Korda. The 24-year-old Song finished at six-under 354 in the five-round event at LPGA International to earn one of 20 full tour exemptions for next year. Korda, the daughter of former tennis star Petr Korda, closed with a 77.
Tough calls for coaches
The vexed debate over club versus country has made its way to Asia as club coaches in England and elsewhere in Europe voice their reluctance to lose players ahead of next month’s Asian Cup. English Premier League clubs have been regularly annoyed every other January at the demand for players at African Nations Cup. This biennial competition robs many teams of a several of their stars for several weeks. And while there is no African competition in 2012, Asia’s top national team will meet next month in Qatar for next year’s edition of its regional tournament.