Taiwan thrashed in opener
Taiwan’s women’s national team were thrashed 7-0 by favorites Australia in Shenzhen, China, on Tuesday in their first match of the final round of qualifying for next year’s East Asian Cup. In Tuesday’s other match, China cruised past Hong Kong 6-0. The winners of the four-team tournament will take their place in the finals to be held in South Korea next year. Taiwan next face a cross-strait battle against China today and they finish the tournament against Hong Kong on Saturday. Australia take on Hong Kong in today’s late match, before a likely winner-take-all showdown with hosts China on Saturday.
Players ace same hole
Two club golfers playing The Lakes in Sydney — site of the Australian Open beginning on Dec. 6 — hit consecutive holes-in-one on the par-three ninth hole yesterday. Peter Hough and Jonathan Cook had the back-to-back aces with Hough, a member at The Lakes, holing out first on the 136-yard hole. Both used 7-irons. Cook, a member at the nearby Beverley Park club, said: “The whole place went nuts.” The National Hole-in-One Registry Web site in the US quotes the odds of two players from the same foursome acing the same hole as 17 million-to-one.
Former champion boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho was seriously wounded on Tuesday in a shooting outside San Juan, the Puerto Rican capital, and doctors and his spokesman said he was expected to survive. At least one gunman opened fire on the 50-year-old Camacho and another man as they sat in a car in the city of Bayamon. The other man was killed, according to a statement from police. Camacho was rushed to Centro Medico in San Juan, where he was in critical, but stable condition, hospital director Ernesto Torres said. The bullet apparently struck him in the jaw, exited his head and lodged in his right shoulder, fracturing two vertebrae. The doctor said the boxer, who battled drug and alcohol problems during his career, was at risk of paralysis from the shooting. The fighter’s last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997, a loss by unanimous decision. Camacho has fought other high-profile bouts in his career against Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard. Camacho knocked out Leonard in 1997, ending what was that former champ’s final comeback attempt. Camacho has a career record of 79-5-3, with his most recent fight coming in 2009.
Sri Lanka ignore Mendis
Sri Lanka yesterday picked five new-ball bowlers for the three-Test series in Australia starting next month, but once again ignored unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis. Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga, Chanaka Welegedara, Nuwan Pradeep and Dhammika Prasad make up the pace attack in the 16-man touring party named by the national selectors. Mendis, who has 62 wickets from 16 Tests, continues to be on the sidelines in the five-day format since the Cardiff Test against England in May last year, despite being a regular in limited-overs games. The prolific Rangana Herath and Suraj Randiv are the two specialist spinners for the tour. Sri Lanka open the tour with a three-day match against the Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI in Canberra from Dec. 6 to 8.