David, Shabana win titles
Nicol David retained her World Series Squash Finals title on Sunday by defeating England’s Laura Massaro, the player she had also beaten to clinch a seventh World Open last month. The Malaysian star won 11-3, 11-2, 11-9 having trailed 6-8 in the third game. “It means a lot to start 2013 with a good win. Knowing she was in front of her home fans I knew I had to start strongly and not let her feed off the crowd,” David said after the final at London’s Queen’s Club. In the men’s final, Egypt’s Amr Shabana beat England’s Nick Matthew 4-11, 11-2, 11-4, 11-6.
PGA opener halted again
Mother Nature again turned nasty at the PGA Tour’s season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Sunday, forcing play to be abandoned for a third consecutive day due to strong gusting winds. A little more than an hour of the already long-delayed first round was possible before officials halted the action at the Kapalua Resort, scrapping the scores and aiming to finish a 54-hole event today. Thirty-six holes were planned for yesterday with a two-tee start for the 30-man, winners-only field, followed by 18 holes today.
Boateng was wrong: Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng was wrong to walk off the pitch when he was targeted by racists. Boateng was subjected to racist taunts during a friendly in Italy on Thursday and responded by kicking the ball at fans and then storming off the pitch followed by his teammates. However, Blatter said it was the wrong decision. “Walk off? No. I don’t think that is the solution,” the FIFA chief told Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper on Sunday. “I don’t think you can run away. This issue is a very touchy subject, but I repeat there is zero tolerance of racism in the stadium; we have to go against that. The only solution is to be very harsh with the sanctions — and the sanctions must be a deduction of points or something similar.”
Proteas call up new faces
South Africa rested Jacques Kallis and called up four uncapped players on Sunday for the one-day series against New Zealand at the end of the month. The Proteas also brought Ryan McLaren into their Test squad as cover for Vernon Philander, who again tweaked a troublesome hamstring in the series-opener and is doubtful for the second Test against the Black Caps. The 37-year-old Kallis spoke during the first Test of his desire to manage his ODI appearances in order to make the 2015 World Cup. Selectors responded by giving him the three-game ODI series off. Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, spinner Aaron Phangiso, batsman Farhaan Behardien and seam bowler Rory Kleinveldt were included in a 14-man squad for the three-game limited overs series, which begins in Paarl on Jan. 19. All four have played Twenty20 cricket for South Africa, while Kleinveldt made his Test debut late last year. Lonwabo Tsotsobe returned to the squad after missing the T20s due to injury.
Tipsarevic claims title
Janko Tipsarevic staved off Roberto Bautista-Agut’s challenge to win the Chennai Open on Sunday. The Serb lost the first set, but found his rhythm to beat the unseeded Spaniard 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. It was Tipsarevic’s fourth career ATP World Tour title. “I think there’s just one word to say and it’s ‘finally,’” he said after winning his first title in Chennai at his sixth attempt.