Mon, Oct 29, 2007 - Page 18


Semin signs deal extension

Russian right wing Alexander Semin has signed a two-year contract extension with the Washington Capitals, the team said on Saturday. The 23-year-old, who has played for Russia at three world championships, will stay in Washington until at least the end of the 2009-2010 season on a deal estimated to be worth US$9.2 million by local media. A native of Krasjonarsk, Semin ranked second for the Capitals last season with career-high tallies of 38 goals, 35 assists and 73 points in 77 games. He led the team and tied for fourth overall in the league with 17 power-play goals. The 13th overall pick by Washington in the 2002 NHL draft, Semin has been limited to three games this season because of an ankle injury, posting just one assist.


Molitor batters Battery

Canadian Steve Molitor posted a 12-round unanimous decision over Thai Narongrit Pirang -- better known as Fashan 3K Battery -- on Saturday to retain his International Boxing Federation super bantamweight title. Molitor won in convincing style, earning scores of 119-109 from two judges and 120-108 from the third. He made his second defense of the title he captured in November last year with a victory over Briton Michael Hunter. Molitor, 27, improved to 25-0 with 10 victories inside the distance. He was in control virtually throughout, although he was rocked by a hard left from the challenger in the seventh. The 33-year-old Thai fell to 58-9-1 and lost for the first time since being beaten by star Filippino fighter Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 11, 2004.

■ Cricket

Aussie hits triple century

Simon Katich put his name alongside Don Bradman's in the Sydney Cricket Ground record books yesterday, scoring 306 in an Australian domestic first-class match. Katich's 351-ball innings for New South Wales against Queensland was the highest individual first-class score at the Sydney Cricket Ground since Bradman's Australian record total of 452 not out against Queensland in January 1930. The left-hander, who has lost his Australian national contract and has not played in a Test match since November 2005, shared a partnership of 334 for the fifth wicket with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. His innings helped New South Wales to reach 601 for eight declared in reply to Queensland's first innings total of 467. Katich hit 30 fours and nine sixes, giving only one difficult chance to wicketkeeper Chris Hartley on 181 off the bowling of left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson.

■ Soccer

Kit mix-up causes chaos

A top-flight match in the Cypriot league was thrown into disarray even before a ball was kicked because one of the goalkeepers had no spare shirt. The entire APOP Kinyras Peyias squad had to change their tops on Saturday because home side Alki Larnaca's keeper Adam Vezer's blue and yellow kit clashed with theirs. To make matters worse, the APOP players had to hurriedly scrawl their squad numbers on the backs of their new shirts with a black marker pen. APOP then went on to lose the match 3-1. "We need to find a solution to the problem" said Alki vice-chairman Nicos Lillis. "But saying that, the Cyprus Football Association needs to address this problem."