S Pacific teams sweep
Teams from across the South Pacific swept the top three spots at the 52nd annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament last week in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Port Vila Game Fishing Club of Vanuatu finished in first place, comfortably winning what is considered one of the most prestigious billfish tournaments on the calendar, tournament officials said on Friday. In their first trip to Kona, the team amassed 2,000 points, including tagging and releasing two Pacific blue marlin on Wednesday and another two on Thursday. New Zealand’s Bay of Islands Swordfish Club #2 claimed second place with 1,570 points. The team was awarded 100 bonus points for catching the largest Pacific blue marlin of the tournament. Game Fishing Club of South Australia finished third with 1,219 points.
Loeb wins in Finland again
Citroen’s world champion Sebastien Loeb won Rally Finland for the second time in his career on Saturday to forge further ahead in the overall standings. The French seven-time world champion, who also won in Finland in 2008, was the first non-Nordic driver to win the rally on two occasions. Loeb beat Ford’s Finnish driver Jari-Matti Latvala by 8.1 seconds with Citroen’s other French driver, Sebastien Ogier, in third place ahead of Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen.
United beat Barca in US
Michael Owen scored in the 76th minute to lift Manchester United to a 2-1 victory over Barcelona on Saturday in suburban Washington in a friendly match that reprised their clash in the UEFA Champions League final. Nani opened the scoring in the 22nd minute for English champions Manchester United, who were dominated 3-1 by the Spanish giants in the Champions League final in May. Tom Cleverley set up Owen’s goal, intercepting Sergio Busquets’ pass intended for Seydou Keita and racing toward the goal before finding Owen, who lofted the ball over Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes. Six minutes earlier, Thiago Alcantara had equalized after winger Carlos Carmona had cut inside and slotted a pass through.
SYFL Chicago unveiled
Snoop Dogg said his youth football league isn’t just about teaching kids sports, but about giving them a positive release for their energy and introducing them to role models. The rapper and actor launched the inaugural season of the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) in Chicago on Saturday. He danced and high-fived his way through the crowd at the Chicago Indoor Sports Facility and seemed intent on meeting all of the 100 kids who showed up. Snoop Dogg said he started the league to give kids, especially those in high-crime neighborhoods, an outlet. The league is open to youth ages seven to 14.
Firecrackers halt final
The Swedish championship match between Malmo and Djurgardens was abandoned after 12 minutes on Saturday after firecrackers were thrown on to the pitch. It was the third match abandoned in Sweden’s top flight this season because of crowd trouble and the second at Malmo’s Swedbank stadium. Dardan Rexhepi had given last season’s champions Malmo the lead after six minutes when fans began throwing firecrackers toward the field. Referee Martin Hansson took the players off the pitch and abandoned the match. “With so many and such powerful explosions, we didn’t dare to continue,” Hansson told local media.