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.