Juventus win Super Cup
Serie A champions Juventus scored twice in extra-time to clinch the Italian Super Cup against a Napoli side who had two players sent off at Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest” stadium on Saturday. The team from Turin had to come from behind on two occasions and a bad-tempered period of the game saw Napoli reduced to nine men moments before the regulation 90 minutes finished at 2-2. Juventus seized the win in extra-time, with Napoli fullback Christian Maggio scoring an own-goal and Montenegrin striker Mirko Vucinic putting the game beyond doubt. Juventus had come into the game the day after the unsettling news that coach Antonio Conte has been banned for 10 months following an inquiry into match-fixing. However, it was a sweet victory for the club’s No. 2 Massimo Carrera — who is taking charge during Conte’s absence — particularly as Juventus’ last competitive defeat was at the hands of Napoli in the Coppa Italia.
KP wants full comeback
Kevin Pietersen wants to commit to England in all three forms of cricket, ending speculation he would quit Tests after the final match with South Africa starting on Thursday. The 32-year-old had retired from one-day cricket in May, but said in a video released on YouTube on Saturday that he would like to be considered again for 50-over and Twenty20 international cricket. “Yes I’m wanting to play all three forms of cricket for England again,” he said. “The one-day internationals against South Africa in a couple of weeks and the T20 World Cup hopefully if they select me in the final squad.” It remains to be seen if the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will pick him for the upcoming one-dayers, especially September’s Twenty 20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, after he was left out of the provisional squad.
S Koreans dominate in Ohio
South Koreans Jiyai Shin, I.K. Kim, So Yeon-ryu and Hee Kyung-seo dominated the leaderboard, sharing the top spot with an 11-under 202 on Saturday through the third round of the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic. Two more South Koreans, Inbee Park and Chella Choi, are a shot back with Japan’s Mika Miyazato. Shin and Kim shot five-under 66 for the low rounds of the day, while Ryu had a 67 and Seo a 68. South Koreans have dominated the LPGA Tour in recent years, but have seldom taken over a tournament like the one at Highland Meadows. In addition to filling the top four spots and six of the top seven, South Korean players had seven of the top 11 positions and 11 of the top 25 through 54 holes. Taiwan’s Candie Kung was tied 43rd on one-under after a 73, while Lin Tzu-chi carded a disappointing 77 to sit 73rd on five-over.
Tuft takes Eneco sixth stage
Svein Tuft of Canada, riding for Orica-GreenEdge, won the sixth stage of the Eneco Tour on Saturday to take the leader’s white jersey from Belgian home favorite Tom Boonen of OmegaPharma. Tuft came home in 20 minutes, 25.70 seconds in the 17.4km time-trial around Ardooie in Belgium to see off US youngster Taylor Phinney of BMC-Racing by 5 seconds and Rabobank’s Dutchman Lars Boom by 6 seconds. The win allowed him to establish a 4-second lead going into the final stage, a 214.5km ride from Maldegem to Grammont. Former Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, returning from his doping ban, came in seventh on the day at 22 seconds as he looks to set out his stall for the upcoming Vuelta a Espana.