Wimbledon to share wealth
Wimbledon chiefs have increased the total prize money on offer at the grass-court tournament to ￡16.1 million (US$26 million) in a bid to satisfy calls for a fairer distribution of the wealth at grand slams. There has been growing unrest among players that too much of the prize money on offer at the four majors went to the top stars, who routinely reach the lucrative later stages, at the expense of the lower ranked competitors. However, All England Club officials entered into talks with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray — the top four in the men’s rankings — to debate the problem at the Indian Wells event earlier this year. And Wimbledon has responded to the big four’s demands with a 10 percent increase of ￡1.5 million on last year’s total prize money in a bid to ease the lower players’ complaints that the cost of living on tour was not matched by the rewards on offer.
Monterrey win CONCACAF
Monterrey won the CONCACAF Champions League crown on Wednesday, falling 2-1 at Santos in the second leg of the final but emerging with a 3-2 aggregate victory in the regional club championship. Neri Cardozo’s goal in the 82nd minute, from a pass from second-half substitute Walter Ayovi, was enough to give Monterrey the aggregate victory after the second-leg contest in Torreon in northern Mexico. Monterrey had triumphed 2-0 at home in the first leg last week to gain control of the tie for the North and Central America and Caribbean club crown.
Rangers panel threatened
The judicial panel who imposed a one-year transfer embargo on Rangers, that manager Ally McCoist said could “kill” the club, have been given police advice after threats were made against them. In a statement issued Wednesday, the Scottish Football Association lamented a “wholly irresponsible betrayal of confidential information” that had left the three-strong panel at risk. News of the police intervention came just a day after an angry McCoist, a former Rangers and Scotland striker, had called for the panel’s identities to be made public.
Victory name coach
Melbourne Victory yesterday unveiled Ange Postecoglou as their new coach just days after he led Brisbane Roar to back-to-back A-League championships. The Greek-born Postecoglou on Tuesday announced he was quitting Brisbane after two-and-a-half years in charge, having taken the team to consecutive A-League titles and twice qualifying for the Asian Champions League. The former Socceroo, 46, will be the Victory’s fourth coach in 13 months.
Lefties have advantage
Growing up as the odd one out may be what gives left-handed people an advantage in the sports arena, where they have the element of surprise, said a study published on Wednesday. About one in 10 people are left-handed, but in a number of sports like boxing, fencing and table tennis, they were overrepresented to the tune of about one in five, study co-author Mark Panaggio said. In baseball, more than 30 percent of athletes were southpaws — and for the top hitters in the US major league the figure rose to 58 percent. “Left-handers have a slight boost in their skill ability just due to inherently being left-handed,” Panaggio said of the findings published in Britain’s Journal of the Royal Society Interface.