Domracheva wins 15km
Darya Domracheva of Belarus used a strong finish to win the women’s 15km individual race on Thursday at the season-opening biathlon World Cup meet in Ostersund, Sweden. The 25-year-old Domracheva missed two targets, but overtook leader and double Olympic gold medalist Magdalena Neuner of Germany after the fourth shooting to finish in 47 minutes, 15.6 seconds. Sweden’s Anna Maria Nilsson also raced passed Neuner to finish second, 1 minute, 8.5 seconds behind after missing one target. Neuner missed three shots to end third, 1 minute, 41.7 seconds back. Last season’s overall World Cup winner Kaisa Makarainen of Finland missed four shots to finish fourth.
Parry charges at NZ Open
Two-time USPGA Tour winner Craig Parry finished with three birdies in a three-under 69 to grab a share of a three-way lead after two rounds of the New Zealand Open golf tournament. The 45-year-old Australian followed his first-round 70 with a second round which included five birdies and two bogeys to join compatriot and overnight leader Brad Kennedy and New Zealand’s Josh Geary in the lead at five-under. Kennedy had four birdies and three bogeys in a 71, finishing with a bogey which let slip the outright lead. Geary had six birdies and two bogeys in a 68. Australian amateur Jake Higginbotham shot a 68 after an early tee-off to briefly share the outright lead with Kennedy. He fell back into a three-way tie for fourth with compatriot Leigh McKechnie New Zealand’s Doug Holloway.
Busch seeing psychologist
Kurt Busch says he is seeing a sports psychologist to address “personal issues.” Busch was fined US$50,000 by NASCAR last week for verbally abusing an ESPN reporter and making an obscene gesture in his race car during the season finale at Homestead. NASCAR also cited a pattern of previous incidents with reporters for fining Busch. Now in his hometown of Las Vegas for the season-ending awards ceremony, Busch said on Thursday he has been seeing a psychologist for two months and needs to work on improving his behavior. Busch also said his actions at Homestead were inappropriate. He was angry because a transmission issue sent him into the garage early in the race and he knew he was guaranteed to finish 11th in the 12-car Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Packers to sell more shares
The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers will sell shares of stock next week offering no dividend, no chance for appreciation, practically no transfer rights and not even a shot at a highly prized season ticket. However, the offering announced on Thursday by the Packers does give fans the opportunity to own a piece of the defending NFL champions, who are undefeated through 11 games this season. The Packers were founded in 1919 and became a publicly owned nonprofit four years later. It is the only franchise permitted by the NFL to have that structure. The team plans to offer 250,000 shares initially at US$250 each on Tuesday, which would raise about US$62.5 million toward a US$143 million expansion of Lambeau Field announced last summer.