Tseng No. 1 for 26 weeks
Taiwan’s Yani Tseng has been at the top of the women’s golf charts for 26 weeks in a row, a record among the top-ranked players that are still around, according to this week’s Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. The five-major champion has kept her top position one week longer than her predecessor, Shin Ji-yai of South Korea, since winning the Women’s British Open on Aug. 1. Tseng’s points average has dropped slightly from 16.20 to 16.04, followed by American Cristie Kerr, who trails at 11.65, according to the rankings. The 22-year-old’s next goal will be the 60-week record set by her idol and mentor, Annika Sorenstam of Sweden, who retired in 2008. The all-time record holder is Mexico’s Lorena Ochoa, who was world No. 1 for 158 weeks until her retirement, also in 2008.
Long signs with West Brom
Republic of Ireland international striker Shane Long became Premier League side West Brom’s sixth signing of the summer on Tuesday when he joined from Championship outfit Reading. The 24-year-old — scorer of six goals in 21 international appearances — signed a three year contract bringing to an end a successful six year spell at Reading, which included a two year stay in the Premier League. West Brom manager Roy Hodgson said that despite his relative youth, Long had enough experience already to go straight into the first team. “He is a goalscorer and a hard-working player who has a very good attitude to the game,” Hodgson said. “The great thing about him is that even though he is still only 24, he has six years’ worth of experience of Premier League, Championship and international football and has margin for improvement in his game. With the signing of Shane, our squad is looking close to being complete.”
Miyaichi issued work permit
Japanese teenager Ryo Miyaichi has been granted a work permit to play for Arsenal next season on the grounds of being an “exceptional talent,” the English Premier League has said. The 18-year-old midfielder joined Arsenal in January and was loaned to Dutch side Feyenoord as he was unable to obtain the necessary paperwork having not represented Japan’s senior side. A Football Association panel on Tuesday agreed to grant the documentation after hearing from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and reading a letter of recommendation from the Japan Football Association. Miyaichi follows countryman Junichi Inamoto, who had a spell at Arsenal from 2001 to 2002, but saw little first-team action and was affectionately dubbed “T-shirt” by the home fans, in reference to his commercial value to the club in Japan. Miyaichi will be eligible to play for Arsenal once the formalities of his paperwork are completed.
Hushovd to race for BMC
Norway’s world road race cycling champion Thor Hushovd will race for US team BMC next year after he signed a two-year contract with them on Tuesday, the Americans announced on their Web site. The 33-year-old two-time Tour de France green jersey winner is coming off an excellent Tour de France where he rode for Garmin-Cervelo and won two stages and wore the overall leader’s yellow jersey for seven days. Hushovd, who has spent the majority of his professional career with the Credit Agricole team, said he had been impressed by the clear strategy the team had and hoped it would also allow him to achieve his dream of winning the Paris Roubaix classic.
Ban blamed on mustache
Japan’s rugby body said yesterday it had suspended World Cup hopeful Ryohei Yamanaka for two years for using a banned substance which he blamed on a cream to help him grow a mustache. The 23-year-old one-cap fly-half tested positive in a random doping check in April during a training camp ahead of the Asian Five Nations tournament, and a follow-up test showed the same result. The International Rugby Board ruled that the substance was a steroid, either methyltestosterone or methandriol, the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) said. The Kobelco Steelers rookie, who claimed to have used the cream to grow a mustache, was banned from the sport until April 27, 2013, the JRFU said. Yamanaka told rugby authorities that he thought the cream was a cosmetic product that did not contain banned substances, the JRFU said. Yamanaka, who left the Steelers yesterday, said he hoped to return to the game after the suspension.
Manager to disprove suicide
The former manager of late boxing champ Arturo Gatti says new evidence will show his 2009 death was not a suicide. Pat Lynch says the results of a 10-month private investigation will be released at the end of this month. Gatti was found in July 2009 while he and his family vacationed in Brazil. The popular junior welterweight champion had retired from boxing two years earlier with a career record of 40 wins and nine losses. Gatti’s wife was arrested for his murder, but later released. Police concluded Gatti hanged himself from a wooden staircase column in their rented apartment. Lynch said he spoke to Gatti a week before the Brazil trip and that Gatti had not seemed depressed.
Hopkins to fight Dawson
Bernard Hopkins is moving as fast as ever. The 46-year-old light heavyweight champ won a big bout in late May, will defend his title in October and wants to fight again in January. Hopkins will face 29-year-old Chad Dawson in Los Angeles on Oct. 15 with his WBC belt on the line. “I didn’t want to sit,” Hopkins said on Tuesday after a news conference in New York. “Not at 46.” Hopkins is already thinking about what’s next. He wants a rematch against undefeated Joe Calzaghe, to whom he lost in a split decision in 2008. The only problem is the Welshman retired 2 years ago. He also would like to be the first boxing star to fight at the Barclays Center, the future Brooklyn home of the NBA’s Nets. Next up is Dawson, who’s 30-1 with his lone loss coming to Jean Pascal last year.
Khawaja issued India visa
Australian batsman Usman Khawaja was issued an Indian visa yesterday for next month’s Twenty20 Champions League tournament, following a brief delay allegedly related to his birth in Pakistan. Cricket New South Wales (NSW) said Khawaja was cleared to travel to India by the High Commission in Sydney early yesterday, after a “stoppage” the 24-year-old player had said was because of his country of birth. “We are delighted that this has been settled and we thank the Indian Consul-General, Mr Amit Dasgupta, for his prompt attention in resolving the matter,” Cricket NSW chairman Harry Harinath said. Khawaja is on the 20-man long list to represent NSW at the Twenty20 event and cricket officials said he could now join the squad if he is among the final 15 selected later this week.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
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