Amir Khan loses appeal
British fighter Amir Khan has lost his appeal over his controversial loss to Lamont Peterson in Washington, which cost him his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and WBA light-welterweight titles. Khan was penalized two points by referee Joe Cooper for pushing — charges that the Englishman denied. However, on Sunday, the IBF said they were happy with the decision taken by the referee. “We found no discrepancies that would affect the outcome or the result of the fight,” IBF championships chairman Lindsay Tucker was quoted by the BBC. “We decided not to order an immediate rematch on the basis of the fact that in the rules, if the referee feels that it’s a foul, then that’s his call to take a point. He did warn Khan several times before he actually took the first point.”
Manning still sidelined
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will not play in the final two games of this season’s NFL campaign as he continues to recover from neck surgery that has kept him out all season, the team said on Sunday. The four-time NFL Most Valuable Player had recently started throwing footballs as part of his rehabilitation, prompting suggestions he could return to the lineup before the end of the regular season on Jan. 1. However, Colts vice chairman Bill Polian quashed the rumors when he said team doctors had determined that there was no chance Manning would return to action this season. “His rehabilitation has not come far enough to make it prudent for him to step on the field in game action,” Polian told reporters after the Colts (1-13) won their first game of the season, a 27-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans. “He will not play, either in the upcoming game on Thursday night or in the last game at Jacksonville.
Sweden ends drought
Sweden secured the Channel One Cup for the first time in 13 years after the Czech Republic beat defending champion Russia 4-3 on Zbynek Irgl’s winner in a shootout on Sunday. Sweden, which led the standings with six points after two victories, lost 4-3 to Finland in a later match. The Czechs finished second with five points, followed by Russia a point behind. Finland was last with three. Russia and the Czech Republic were tied 3-3 at the end of regulation and neither could find a sudden-death goal in overtime. “We didn’t play our best in defense today,” said Vladislav Tretyak, president of the Russian ice hockey federation. “We should have scored more. We had three or four clear scoring chances in the last five minutes. But I think the tournament has given us an idea about which of our players are ready for serious matches.”
Pagunsan wins award
Juvic Pagunsan has been named the Asian Tour’s players’ player of the year after he became the first Filipino to win the circuit’s Order of Merit. The 33-year-old earned the most votes among his peers at Sunday’s awards ceremony in Bangkok, following a consistent season that saw him miss only two cuts. Pagunsan’s success was spurred largely by strong play last month when a second-placed finish in the lucrative Barclays Singapore Open earned him US$666,660 — most of his US$788,298 season’s winnings. He registered three other top-10 finishes, sealing his place at the head of the tour’s merit list. South Korean star K.J. Choi was given a special achievement award for winning the USPGA Players Championship, while South African Tjaart van der Walt was named rookie of the year.