Pomersbach case dropped
An Indian court has dropped a criminal case against Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore after the woman who accused him of molesting her said they had agreed to an out-of-court settlement. The Delhi High Court on Friday said charges against Indian Premier League (IPL) player Pomersbach, 27, of molesting the US woman and later beating up her fiance in a posh hotel room in New Delhi had been dropped. The cricketer’s arrest last week made headline news in Indian and Australian newspapers, adding to a recent string of bad press for the cricketing league.
Schiavone beats Stephens
Francesca Schiavone beat Sloane Stephens of the US 7-5, 6-1 on Friday to reach the Strasbourg International final, where she will play Alize Cornet of France. The second-seeded Italian dropped her own serve three times, but broke Stephens’ serve six times. Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, bids for her fifth career title against Cornet, who rallied to beat fellow French player Pauline Parmentier 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in a long, error-strewn match that featured 16 double faults and 13 serve breaks.
Radwanska beats Kanepi
Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 7-6 (8) 6-3 in Brussels on Friday and will play Simona Halep of Romania in the Belgian Open final. The third-ranked Radwanska was trailing Kanepi 5-1 in the first set, but saved two set points and fought back to earn the win. Halep reached her first final in a premier tournament when she beat Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-4, 6-3.
Martynov’s win streak ends
Sergei Martynov’s winning streak in the 50m rifle prone ended in the shooting World Cup in Munich, Germany, on Friday when he overtook everyone except Wang Weiyi of China in the final. Martynov, of Belarus, came from starting seventh in the eight-man final to second with a final-high 105.1 points. However, his total of 702.1 was almost two short of Wang, who started the final with a one-point advantage and scored 105 to tally 704 for his second career victory. Martynov had won four straight World Cup shoots and five of the last six dating to more than a year ago. Marco De Nicolo of Italy won a second successive bronze after Milan last week, edging Han Jin-seop of South Korea by two-tenths of a point. Also, Teruyoshi Akiyama of Japan won his first World Cup in the 25m rapid fire pistol, tying the world-record final score of 34 set by silver medalist Christian Reitz of Germany just last week.
Miami Heat’s coach fined
The NBA fined Miami coach Erik Spoelstra US$25,000 on Friday for critical public comments on the officiating of the Heat’s Eastern Conference second-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers. Spoelstra made the remarks following the shoot-around prior to Thursday’s Game 6 of the series, which the Heat won 105-93 to win the best-of-seven series four games to two. After a physical Game 5 saw Heat reserves Udonis Haslem and Dexter Pittman suspended for flagrant fouls against Pacers players, Spoelstra had commented on Thursday morning on hits being taken by Miami stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. “The league does not have a problem with hard fouls on our two main guys,” Spoelstra said.