Khan, Peterson to rematch
Amir Khan’s promoter said in London on Saturday the WBA had informed him it would order a rematch with the US’ Lamont Peterson following the British boxer’s controversial defeat on a split decision in their world title fight in Washington last month. Khan, who lost his WBA super-lightweight and IBF light-welterweight crowns, had questioned the appearance of a mystery man at ringside with the 25-year-old’s camp accusing him of “interfering” with the scorecards belonging to the judges. “We have been informed today by the WBA that they will order a rematch,” Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer told Sky Sports News. He also said the unidentified man was an IBF official named Mustafa Ameen. WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said on Friday there should be a rematch.
Posada calling it quits
Catcher Jorge Posada is planning to retire after 17 seasons with the New York Yankees rather than pursue opportunities with other teams. A person familiar with the decision told reporters on Saturday that the five-time All-Star catcher would announce his retirement this month. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not yet been made public. Posada’s plans were first reported by sports radio station WFAN. The 40-year-old Posada won five World Series titles with the team that drafted him in the 24th round of the 1990 draft. He became a free agent after a trying past season, the final year of a four-year, US$52 million contract. Earlier this offseason, Posada acknowledged that his career with the Yankees was over, but said he had offers from several other teams.
Al-Attiyah wins stage
Defending champion Nasser al-Attiyah of Qatar won Saturday’s seventh stage of the Dakar Rally in Copiapo, Chile, with Stephane Peterhansel of France finishing third and keeping the overall lead. A day after a Dakar stage was canceled because of a snowed-in Andes pass for the first time, competitors took to soft sand and dunes in a 419km loop course around Copiapo in the Atacama region. Al-Attiyah, whose Hummer has been fast, but plagued by bad luck, finally dominated at the end of a stage. He beat second-placed US teammate Robby Gordon by 7 minutes, 30 seconds. Peterhansel was 7:53 behind in his Mini and happy to concede a 1-2 finish to the Hummers, who aren’t title contenders for now. Peterhansel, a nine-time Dakar champion, was atop the overall — 11:22 ahead of Krzysztof Holowczyc of Poland and 13:09 in front of Gordon.
Oosthuizen shares lead
Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen birdied three of his last four holes to card a six-under 67 and hold a share of the third-round lead at the Africa Open in East London, South Africa, on Saturday. Oosthuizen and Tjaart van der Walt (65) were at 21-under overall, one shot ahead of 2009 winner and two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen (66). Van der Walt birdied the first four holes at East London Golf Club and sank nine in his round, offset by one bogey, as he held his nerve against the pair of major champions and fellow South Africans. Van der Walt, who turned professional in 1996, has yet to win a tournament, but he likes his chances this weekend. Goosen, shooting into a rising wind on his approach to 18, landed in a greenside bunker to finish with par, while Oosthuizen and van der Walt both made birdies to take the lead.