Santos sets Madeira record
Portugal’s Ricardo Santos came from four strokes behind to set a new championship record as he stormed to four-shot victory in the Madeira Islands Open on Sunday. Santos also became the first Portuguese-born player to win on home soil in the 40-year history of the European Tour after posting a last round 63 for a 22-under total on the Santo da Serra course. Sweden’s Magnus Carlsson birdied the last in a round of 67 to finish second on 18-under. The 29-year-old Santos birdied his closing three holes to also set a record lowest winning final round in the 19-year history of the event. Victory earns Santos, a former Challenge Tour graduate, a one-year European Tour exemption as well as entry to the upcoming PGA Championship at Wentworth. Andreas Harto of Denmark finished third, one stroke further back, after a 67.
US put five past Finland
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard was the US hero as he shut out Finland to lead his team to a 5-0 victory at the world championship in Helsinki on Sunday. In Stockholm, Norway turned on the style to rack up the biggest score of the tournament by beating Germany 12-4. The US defence had a good day, restricting the Finns to just 18 shots, which Howard dealt with comfortably. They were equally effective at the other end of the ice, firing five times past Finland’s Kari Lehtonen in front of his home fans. The win vaulted the US into second place in group H, three points behind Canada and one ahead of the Finns. In the day’s other game in the group, Slovakia edged out Switzerland 1-0 to tighten their grip on fourth place. Patrick Thoresen notched a hat-trick as Norway rattled a dozen goals past Germany in group S in Stockholm. Thoresen netted his third during a six-goal second period blitz which finished with the Norwegians 9-1 up and the Germans in disarray.
Fire in Spain injures 31
Thirty-one people were injured and seven hospitalized after a fire erupted inside Formula One team Williams’ garage after its driver Pastor Maldonado won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday. Governing body FIA said 31 people were treated by Catalunya Circuit medical staff, with seven of those flown out to a variety of hospitals to receive treatment. Catalonia’s regional government said in a statement that one of the persons was airlifted to a Barcelona hospital with serious burn wounds while the rest were being treated at local hospitals for smoke inhalation. Williams confirmed a fuel leak caused the problem, with four of its staff treated for injuries. The fire erupted soon after Maldonado and the team had taken the traditional victory photograph in front of the team garage with members of all teams close by rushing to help contain the blaze.
UK’s Richardson dies
British speedway motorcycle rider Lee Richardson has died of severe injuries suffered in a crash during a race in Poland. He was 33. Richardson’s British team Lakeside Hammers confirmed the death on its Web site on Sunday. The crash took place in the western Polish city of Wroclaw. Richardson, who had competed in Poland over the past 13 years, was racing for PGE Marma Rzeszow against Betard Sparta Wroclaw when the accident happened. Polish state broadcaster TVP showed images of his motorcycle flipping and Richardson being thrown off onto the track, apparently after he had collided into a safety fence.