Chen booked, Gent go top
Taiwan international Javier Chen’s KV Mechelen were knocked off the top of the Belgian Jupiler League on Saturday after a goalless draw at champions KRC Genk. Chen was shown the yellow card in the 22nd minute, before Mechelen returned from the Cristal Arena with a hard-earned point against a Genk side drawn against Chelsea, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Valencia in the Champions League on Thursday. Top spot in the league was filled by KAA Gent, who beat Lierse SK 1-0 thanks to Cesar Arzo’s 39th-minute goal. That was enough to lift them above Cercle Brugge KSV, 3-1 winners on the road at bottom-of-the-league KVC Westerlo, and Mechelen on goal-difference.
Taiwan edged by Cuba
Taiwan came up short against Cuba in a 7-4 loss at the International Baseball Federation’s Under-16 Baseball World Championship in Aguascalientes, Mexico, on Saturday. The defeat lowered Taiwan’s record to 3-3 and whether they will play in the third-place consolation game was to be determined by the outcome of a game between Mexico and the Netherlands, which was postponed a day. Taiwan opened the scoring with a run in the first, but Cuba, who play in the final against the US, answered in the second. The two teams continued to trade runs, taking a 4-4 tie into the seventh, when Jorge Martinez hit a two-run single to put Cuba ahead for good.
Lisicki wins Texas Open
Wimbledon semi-finalist Sabine Lisicki of Germany captured the inaugural WTA Texas Open in Dallas on Saturday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over French qualifier Aravane Rezai in the championship match. The hardcourt event was a tuneup for the US Open, which is scheduled to begin today in New York. Lisicki, the fifth seed who is ranked 23rd in the world, rolled through the tournament without losing a set. Rezai, ranked 116th in the world, had split two prior meetings with Lisicki, but could win only six points off the German’s serve in the 49-minute match, never managing to force a break point against the champion. Big-serving Lisicki became only the second wildcard in Wimbledon history to reach the semi-finals, where she lost to Russian Maria Sharapova in June.
Povetkin claims WBA belt
Russia’s Alexander Povetkin won the vacant WBA heavyweight title in Erfurt, Germany, on Saturday with a points victory over Uzbek Ruslan Chagaev. The three judges came down in favor of Povetkin with 117-113 on two cards and 116-112 on the third as the 2004 Olympic champion took the title left vacant when Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko was promoted to super champion status. Povetkin, unbeaten from 22 fights with 15 knockouts, now has the chance to take on the undisputed champion Klitschko, who earned a unanimous decision over Britain’s David Haye last month to add Haye’s WBA belt to his IBF and WBO crowns. The 31-year-old Russian marked points at the beginning of the fight with his speed and agility along with fast combinations to the face and body. Chagaev, nicknamed the “White Tyson,” went for the knockout blow and landed some big left hand jabs in the sixth and seventh rounds, before his rival regained the initiative. For 32-year-old Chagaev, who has 17 knockouts from 27 victories, it was his second defeat after falling to Klitschko in 2009.