Mechelen put four past Mons
Taiwan international Xavier Chen’s KV Mechelen thrashed RAEC Mons 4-1 on Saturday to consolidate 10th position in the Belgian Jupiler League standings. Boubacar Dialiba Diabang opened the scoring for Mechelen in the 22nd minute. The hosts doubled their lead from the penalty spot against 10 men after Mons goalkeeper Olivier Werner was sent off, with Julien Gorius scoring in the 57th minute. Mons pulled one back after 65 minutes through Nicolas Timmermans, but Jaime Alfonso Ruiz made it three for Mechelen after 71 minutes and Dialiba Diabang scored his second 10 minutes from time to complete the rout. Chen played the full 90 minutes.
Catania-Roma match halted
A waterlogged pitch in Sicily forced Saturday’s Serie A match between Catania and AS Roma to be abandoned after 65 minutes with the score at 1-1. Nicola Legrottaglie headed the home side ahead after 24 minutes, with Daniele De Rossi nodding in Francesco Totti’s corner for Roma’s equalizer four minutes later. However, the rain, which fell heavily ahead of the kick-off, continued to pour at Stadio Angelo Massimino and the game was abandoned by referee Paolo Tagliavento after he demonstrated the ball would not bounce on the rain-soaked surface. Seventh-placed Roma and Catania, who are one place and five points behind their opponents, will meet again at a date yet to be determined.
Guo takes sprint gold
China’s Guo Shuang took gold in the women’s sprint on Saturday at the track cycling World Cup in Beijing, putting behind her the bad memories from last year when injury forced her out of the competition. The 25-year-old, a bronze-medalist at the Beijing Olympics, had already won gold in the women’s team sprint on Saturday and she dominated from the start of the event, beating Simona Krupeckaite from Lithuania in the final.
Maze’s underwear approved
Slovenian skier Tina Maze has been given the go-ahead to wear her controversial long underwear again. The Swiss team lodged a protest after Maze finished second in a Super-G in Bad Kleinkircheim, Austria, earlier this month, saying the plastic level in Maze’s garments exceeded FIS rules, giving her an aerodynamic edge. The FIS issued a statement on Saturday saying “the air permeability rules were fulfilled” during a test of the one-piece undergarment “and consequently there will be no modification to the results of the competition.”
Cahill set to join Chelsea
England defender Gary Cahill is on the verge of becoming a Chelsea player after passing a medical, the English Premier League club’s manager Andre Villas-Boas said on Saturday. After days of negotiations over the Bolton Wanderers centerback’s terms, the deal now looks a formality after the medical at the London club’s training ground earlier on Saturday. “Gary passed his medical and should be our player soon,” Villas-Boas was quoted as saying by the BBC. The 26-year-old, who has seven caps and will cost Chelsea about ￡7 million (US$10.7 million), according to British media reports, will link up at Chelsea with England skipper John Terry and looks set to replace Alex. Cahill joined Bolton from Aston Villa in 2008 with his career apparently going backward, but he has developed into an outstanding defender even though Owen Coyle’s side have struggled all season.