Aussies retain world title
Jess Cameron’s show with the bat and Lisa Sthalekar’s all-round skills helped Australia retain the women’s World Twenty20 title with a close four-run victory over England in the final on Sunday. Put in to bat, the defending champions, who won the last edition of the tournament in the West Indies, made 142 for four from their 20 overs, riding on a strong opening partnership. England lost wickets at regular intervals during their chase and required 16 off the last over, but managed 11 to reach 138 for nine. Danielle Hazel needed to hit a six off the last ball for victory, but she could just get a single. Jess Jonassen picked up three wickets for 25, while Sthalekar and Julie Hunter shared four wickets between them as Australia dropped a number of catches. Skipper Charlotte Edwards (28) top-scored for England and kept the team in the hunt with four boundaries and a six, but the 2009 champions lost their way after her dismissal. Meg Lanning (25) and Alyssa Healy (26) notched up 51 for the opening wicket for Australia to build a solid platform, and then Cameron (45) and Sthalekar (23 not out) added another 51.
Wolves’ Wood loses testicle
Warrington Wolves prop forward Paul Wood has revealed he had to have a ruptured testicle removed after his team’s 26-18 defeat to the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League Grand Final. Wood was kneed in the groin early in the second half at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, on Saturday and played on despite the injury, before discovering the extent of the damage after the match. The 30-year-old father of two went to hospital for surgery on Saturday evening and even managed to joke about the incident on Sunday. “Ruptured my right testicle, got a knee 1 minute into the second half, had to have it removed,” he wrote on Twitter. “Just coming out the hospital to go home ... Seriously feel like I’ve left something?”
Rockies’ manager quits
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigned on Sunday, less than a week after the club finished last in the National League Western Division with a franchise-worst 64-98 record. Just three years ago, Tracy was the manager of the year after leading the Rockies to a playoff berth with a franchise-best 92-70 finish. Tracy, who took the job when Clint Hurdle was let go in May 2009, compiled a 294-308 record.
Kebede wins in Chicago
Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede shattered the course record in winning the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. Kebede pulled away late and was all alone, waving to the crowd as he approached the finish at Grant Park and crossing the line in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds. That easily eclipsed the previous mark of 2:05:37 set by Kenya’s Moses Mosop last year and was more than enough to beat countryman Feyisa Lilesa. The women’s race was also a thriller, with Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia edging Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo by about a step.
Outsider Solemia wins Arc
Long-shot Solemia came through with a dramatic finish and edged tiring favorite Orfevre in the final strides to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris on Sunday. Orfevre looked to be a sure winner when he took the lead with about 300m to go, but Solemia, urged on by jockey Olivier Peslier, moved past Orfevre on the outside two strides from the finish line to give the French rider his fourth win in the Arc.