Guangzhou claim title
Guangzhou Evergrande became the first Chinese team since 1990 to win the Asian Champions League by drawing 1-1 with Seoul in the second leg of the final on Saturday, claiming the title on away goals after the first game in South Korea ended 2-2. The victory makes Guangzhou’s Italian coach Marcello Lippi the first to win the Champions Leagues of Asia and Europe, following his 1995-1996 success with Juventus. “Winning this cup is very important for Chinese football,” Lippi said. “We have grown a lot and wanted to compete at an international level. It’s not an easy thing for a team to play the same way at home and away, but this is something we were able to do and this was a big advantage in winning the championship.” At a sold-out Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou, Brazilian striker Elkeson put the hosts ahead after 58 minutes. Dejan Damjanovic equalized for Seoul just four minutes later, but the visitors could not find a winner.
Incognito in more hot water
The Miami Dolphins took swift action against Richie Incognito for allegedly harassing a female at the team’s golf tournament last year, coach Joe Philbin said on Saturday, as the storm surrounding the controversial lineman continued to build. Incognito, who has been suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins and is being investigated by the NFL for allegations he bullied and threatened teammate Jonathan Martin, found himself in more trouble after Philbin confirmed the incident at the team charity event. “That incident occurred a year and a half ago. We were made of aware of the situation, we took immediate action,” Philbin told reporters. No charges were filed against Incognito, but a police report was made. Local TV station WPLG reported that the woman claimed Incognito had been drinking alcohol and acting inappropriately. The woman reportedly notified her supervisor, who then informed team security about the incident.
Aussies, England grab wins
Australia set up a Rugby League World Cup quarter-final against the US by trouncing Ireland 50-0 on Saturday, running in nine tries, despite the tournament favorites giving many of their star players the night off. The Kangaroos wrapped up their Group A campaign with a third straight win, passing the 100-point barrier in the process. Earlier, England grabbed six tries in 18 minutes bridging halftime to rally past Fiji 34-12 and seal second place in the group and a last-eight match against France or Samoa. Ireland’s defeat meant Fiji also advanced to the quarters.
Kirk, Baird share the lead
Chris Kirk and Briny Baird both birdied the 18th hole on Saturday to share the third-round lead in the McGladrey Classic. Kirk holed a 24-foot putt to complete a two-under 68. Baird followed with an eight-foot birdie putt for a 67. Their 54-hole total of 10-under 200 left them one stroke in front of Kevin Stadler, Brian Gay and Australian John Senden going into the final round.
Jockey Gill dies after fall
A 45-year-old jockey has died in hospital from injuries suffered in a race fall north of Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday. Racing Queensland said in a statement yesterday that Desiree Gill was taken to a local hospital after falling from her mount, Celtic Ambition, in the fifth race at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club. She died early yesterday. Gill was the wife of leading Queensland trainer Barry Gill.