Bergsma leads Dutch sweep
Jorrit Bergsma led the Netherlands sweep in the men’s 10,000m at the World Cup in Heerenveen, Netherlands, on Saturday, edging national champion Bob de Jong in 12 minutes, 50.33 seconds. Compatriot Bob de Vries clocked 13 minutes, 3.41 seconds to finish third. Finland’s Pekka Koskela finished in 35.01 seconds to claim the 500m ahead of Japan’s Joji Kato and the Netherlands’ Jesper Hospes, who earned his first career podium finish. In the women’s 1,500m, Canadian skater Christine Nesbitt successfully renewed her rivalry with Irene Wust, finishing first in 1 minute, 55.68 seconds. Wust, backed by the home crowd, came second in 1 minute, 57.15 seconds. Russia’s Yekaterina Shikhova took bronze.
Tunnicliffe wins all races
World No. 1 Anna Tunnicliffe of the US and her crew won all three of their first-day races in women’s match-racing at the world sailing championships in Fremantle, Australia, on Saturday. In difficult conditions in Fremantle’s inner harbor, crews faced a morning of hot easterlies and then cooler mid-afternoon sea breezes, which delayed the races while the course was moved away from shore. Silja Lehtinen of Finland and Australia’s Nicky Souter also had opening-day victories.
England defend Dubai title
England defended their Dubai Sevens rugby union title by beating surprise finalists France 29-12 on Saturday. England, who beat world series titleholders New Zealand and series leaders Fiji en route to the final, broke open a tight match in the first half when Mat Turner scored two tries within a minute, the last as time expired. England went to the break up 24-7. France pulled a try back with Renaud Delmas’ second, but England’s defense was too good. It was a stark turnaround from a week ago in the series opener on the Gold Coast, where England lost in the quarter-finals. England improved to second in the series standings, seven points behind leaders Fiji, who beat Argentina for third place 26-21 in extra time. France, New Zealand and South Africa were tied for third.
Lions’ Suh unhurt in crash
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who is serving a two-game suspension after appearing to stomp on a Green Bay Packers player, lost control of his car and crashed into a tree early on Saturday morning, but was not injured, police said. Suh, 24, was driving a 1970 Chevrolet Coupe when he tried to go around a stopped taxi, Portland police spokesman Sergeant Pete Simpson said. He lost control, causing the vehicle’s back end to spin out, and the car hit a curb, a tree, a water fountain and a light pole, police said. Drugs and alcohol played no role in the crash, a police statement said.
Russia triumph at World Cup
Russia stormed back from match points down to defeat Poland and win the men’s World Cup tournament in Tokyo yesterday, also ensuring qualification for next summer’s London Olympics.
Russia, who won the title in 1999, were down at 10-14 in the final set before scoring a 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 17-15 victory. Russia, also four-time champions as the former Soviet Union, finished with a 10-1 record for 29 points, beating Poland into second place with an 8-3 record on 26 points. Poland’s second-place finish mean they, too, will be in London for the Olympics next year.
Mechelen pegged back
Taiwan international Xavier Chen’s KV Mechelen let a two-goal lead slip on Saturday as Lierse SK rallied to grab a point in the Belgian Jupiler League. Mechelen went ahead after five minutes when Julien Gorius scored from the penalty spot and Alessandro Cordaro doubled the visitors’ lead in the 53rd minute. The hosts grabbed one back in the 64th minute, when Mohamed Elgabas converted a penalty and substitute Flavio Amado sealed a share of the points with a stoppage-time equalizer. Mechelen have 16 points from 16 games and they sit 11th in the table.
Klitschko ‘recovering well’
Wladimir Klitschko’s promoter Bernd Boente said the WBA and IBF heavyweight champion was recovering well after undergoing an operation to remove a kidney stone. Boente told German news agency dapd that Klitschko could leave a Duesseldorf hospital and move to a hotel after the surgery on Saturday. Klitschko is due to fight French challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck in Duesseldorf on Saturday, and Boente said the bout was still on — as long as there were no further complications. Klitschko suffered abdominal pains at his training camp in Austria on Friday, when the 35-year-old was taken to Innsbruck for initial treatment before being transferred to Duesseldorf.
Socrates dies in hospital
Former Brazil World Cup captain Socrates died in hospital yesterday at the age of 57, Brazilian media reported, citing hospital sources. Socrates had been in the Albert Einstein Israeli Hospital in Sao Paulo since Thursday when he was hospitalized with food poisoning, which developed into septic shock, and had been on a life support machine, the daily O Estado said on its Web site. It was the third time Socrates had been taken to hospital since August, when he spent nine days there because of a digestive hemorrhage caused by excessive drinking. Socrates, who played for Brazil at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, spent another 17 days in the hospital in September with liver trouble and had been recommended a transplant.
Anelka, Alex to transfer
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas said former France striker Nicolas Anelka and Brazil defender Alex have had transfer requests accepted by the Premier League club and will be free to leave next month. Villas-Boas said on Saturday “their professionalism and integrity is never in question, but on recent results and form ... we have decided to assign different training times for them.” Anelka has been marginalized from the first team following the signing last season of Spain striker Fernando Torres and the development of young England forward Daniel Sturridge.
Kennedy sinks 30-footer
Australian Brad Kennedy sank a 30-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with compatriot Craig Parry to complete a start-to--finish win at the New Zealand Open in Christchurch yesterday. Kennedy, the highest-ranked player at the tournament, had been the leader or co-leader through the first three rounds. He took a three-stroke advantage into the final round, but shot a 74 to finish in a share of the lead at 7-under 281. Parry had four birdies to open up a two-shot lead coming to the 18th, but he found water off the tee and double-bogeyed to allow Kennedy to draw level.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7