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SPORTS BRIEFS

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SKIING

Vonn reveals depression

Skiing star Lindsey Vonn has revealed to People magazine that she struggled with depression, and was prescribed an antidepressant to treat the condition. In the latest issue, the 28-year-old says that in 2008, “I couldn’t get out of bed. I felt hopeless, empty, like a zombie. I couldn’t even cry any more.” Her then-husband, Thomas Vonn, encouraged Lindsey to seek treatment and she went to see a doctor. She describes in the interview how it seemed her life was perfect but “behind the scenes, it was a struggle.”

SOCCER

Rennes beat Valenciennes

Stade Rennais edged up to fourth in the Ligue 1 table after a regulation 2-0 win at home to Valenciennes on Friday. Midfielder Julien Feret opened the scoring after five minutes when he converted Jonathan Pitroipa’s pass and the winger netted the second himself midway through the second half when the excellent Feret returned the favor. Eighth-placed Valenciennes, enjoying being in the top half of the table having been used to the lower reaches of Ligue 1 in recent years, had their share of possession but lacked a cutting edge.

SOCCER

Man City reveal big loss

Manchester City revealed they made an annual loss of £97.9 million (US$157.9 million) during their Premier League title-winning season. While the figure would represent a massive problem for most clubs, it was actually a significant improvement for the big-spending outfit, who lost £197.5 million 12 months ago. City’s turnover last season was £231.1 million, the highest in the club’s history, and although the failure of Roberto Mancini’s team to progress from the Champions League group stage for the last two years has had an impact on turnover, the club’s Abu Dhabi-based owners are still happy with the financial performance. City owner Sheikh Mansour clearly still has to put in his own cash to make the club viable in the short-term however, as the annual statement also confirms the “capital base of the club has also been strengthened through the issuing of £169 million in new equity during the year, avoiding debt-based funding and continuing to ensure that the club is virtually debt free.”

SQUASH

Ashour wins world title

Ramy Ashour reclaimed the world title on Friday with a marathon 2-11, 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8 win over Egyptian compatriot Mohammed El Shorbagy, describing the win as his “greatest triumph.” Ashour had to come from 7-8 down in the final game to see off the 21-year-old runner-up, who had beaten the top-seeded James Willstrop in the semi-finals. Ashour had ended Nick Matthew’s bid to win a hat-trick of world titles in the semi-finals, emphasizing a significant shift of power away from the English. However, Ashour was most of all overjoyed that his success signalled a recovery from persistent injuries, two of which prevented him from finishing the world championships last year and in 2010. “Sure to win it the first time was amazing,” said the 25-year-old from Cairo, who took his first title in 2008. “But when you win it [again] after a lot of struggle, it means something different, and it feels a lot different. I am proud of myself because I have been through many hard times. I feel like I am a stronger person now.” Ashour also reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking when he beat Matthew on Thursday.

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