Els out of Grand Slam
South Africa’s Ernie Els withdrew from the PGA Grand Slam of Golf on Saturday because of a left-ankle sprain and is to be replaced in next week’s four-man event by Ireland’s Padraig Harrington. Els became the second major champion to pull out of the 36-hole Bermuda event designed to feature a select foursome of the year’s four major championship winners. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy withdrew because he is playing a European Tour event next week in China. He had been replaced in the lineup by American Keegan Bradley, last year’s winner who also captured last year’s PGA Championship. Harrington and the US trio of Bradley, Masters champion Bubba Watson and US Open winner Webb Simpson are to play tomorrow and on Wednesday at Port Royal Golf Club for a US$600,000 top prize.
Pakistan beat World XI
Fast bowler Tabish Khan achieved a hat-trick, while Umar Akmal and Shahzaib Hasan hit rapid half-centuries as the Pakistan All Stars defeated an International World XI by 84 runs in a Twenty20 match in Karachi on Saturday. The exhibition match before a capacity crowd of 35,000 at the National Stadium marked the return of international cricket of a sort in Pakistan after three-and-a-half years. All major Test teams have avoided Pakistan since the deadly attack on the Sri Lanka team convoy at Lahore in March 2009. Pakistan posted a mammoth 222-7, with Akmal unbeaten on 67 off 37 balls and opening batsman Hasan escaping three dropped catches to score 54 off 21 balls, with six boundaries and four sixes. Khan then clean bowled Ricardo Powell (5), Jermaine Lawson (0) and Thandi Tshabalala (0) off successive deliveries to restrict an International World XI made up of Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and Afghanistan players to 138-8.
Tony Greig has lung cancer
Former England cricket captain Tony Greig, who made his name as a TV commentator after a controversial playing career, has revealed he is suffering from lung cancer. Greig, initially diagnosed with bronchitis in May, told Australia’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper he would undergo surgery in Sydney this week to assess the extent of the disease. Now a commentator for Australian TV, Greig said he first became aware of a serious problem during Australia’s matches against Pakistan in the Middle East in August and last month. Tests revealed a lesion at the base of his right lung. “I have had a few scrapes in my life and this is another one,” South African-born Greig, 66, told the Sunday Telegraph.
Brownlee wins world crown
Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee capped a remarkable year for his family when he claimed the world men’s triathlon crown after finishing second to Spain’s Javier Gomez in the world series grand final yesterday. Brownlee’s overall victory comes after his brother Alistair’s gold-medal-winning performance at the London Olympics, to give the Brownlee family the two major titles in the sport. Alistair Brownlee, the defending world champion, was forced to miss races earlier this year through injury and an appendix operation meant he missed the season finale. Jonathan Brownlee, who was third at the London Olympics, and Gomez, the silver medalist, were shoulder-to-shoulder throughout the 10km run before the Spaniard narrowly inched ahead in a sprint finish.