Macau hit by second fatality
The Macau Grand Prix suffered a second fatal accident in two days on Friday when a Hong Kong-based touring car driver died in a crash during qualifying on the street circuit, organizers said. They said in a statement that the Chevrolet car, which slammed into barriers and caught fire, had to be cut to extricate driver Phillip Yau Wing Choi after the crash. “At 13:19, the competitor was removed from the car, and at 13:20 Mr Yau was transported by ambulance to hospital where he was admitted at 13:24. Continuous CPR was performed, however, he succumbed to his injuries at 13:51,” they said. Portuguese rider Luis Carreira died in hospital on Thursday after crashing in qualifying for the motorcycle grand prix. Race coordinator Joao Manuel Costa Antunes defended the circuit’s safety record after Carreira became the first fatality in seven years at the track. “In over 60 years of the Grand Prix, the record can be considered acceptable,” he told the South China Morning Post.
Players to star in TV show
Former women’s tennis greats Chris Evert and Lindsay Davenport will guest star in an episode of popular US television drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in January, the CBS network said on Friday. Evert and Davenport, as well as former men’s player and current broadcaster Justin Gimelstob, will appear as themselves on the CBS show in an episode depicting an investigation into the death of a professional female tennis player. Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles titles in the 1970s and 80s. Davenport, like Evert a former world No. 1, was the 1996 Olympic gold medalist and her 55 career singles titles include three Grand Slam crowns.
Lorient end winless streak
Lorient beat LOSC Lille Metropole 2-0 on Friday to end a two-month run without a win in the French league. Lorient had leaked 16 goals in losing three and drawing one of its past four matches since Sept. 16. Centerhalf Gregory Bourillon gave Lorient the lead in the 24th minute when he took advantage of poor marking to head in midfielder Yann Jouffre’s free kick from the left. Midfielder Benjamin Corgent made it 2-0 midway through the second half when he was set up by former Arsenal forward Jeremie Aliadiere. Lorient moved up to 10th place, while Lille are in seventh spot ahead of this weekend’s matches.
Former Fijian player dies
Former Fiji and Toulouse wing Maleli Kunavore has died at the age of 29, the Fiji Rugby Union said yesterday. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Kunavore had undergone a cardiac operation in France two years ago before retiring from professional rugby. “It is so sad to lose a fellow rugby player and at such a young age,” Fiji Rugby Union development manager Sale Sorovaki said. “Kunavore was a very gifted and talented player and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, may he rest in peace.” His father Joeli Nagiri told the Fiji Times that Kunavore had been dining with former Flying Fijians teammates Norman Ligairi and Semisi Naevo on Thursday shortly before his death. “I had called him a few hours earlier and I was shocked when his wife called back to tell us the sad news,” he said. Kunavore played seven Tests at either wing or center for Fiji, starting his international career in 2005 the same year he was signed by French Top 14 side Toulouse.