Six arrested for match-fixing
Six men have been charged in a multimillion dollar match-fixing probe into Australian state soccer, including a Malaysian and a Briton, reports said yesterday. The charges relate to the alleged manipulation of results mainly for overseas betting at an obscure second-tier Melbourne side called Southern Stars. The prime accused was identified by local media as Gerry Gsubramaniam, 45, a Malaysian. Police said he faces 10 charges linked to corrupting the outcome of a betting event. Gsubramaniam appeared before a court hearing late on Sunday where detective Scott Poynder described him as the contact point for players. Goalkeeper Joe Wooley, 23 and reportedly a British national, and the team coach were among five men charged on eight counts linked to corrupting the outcome of a betting event. They were all bailed to appear before magistrates on Friday.
Kiwis grab back momentum
Emirates Team New Zealand grabbed back the momentum in the 34th America’s Cup on Sunday, inching closer to prying the prized yachting trophy from the hands of Oracle Team USA. The pivotal victory in the 10th race of the series came after the event’s fiercest on-water duel, with the rivals swapping leads repeatedly in a race that was not decided until the Kiwis rounded the final gate. New Zealand kept control over the rest of the battle on San Francisco Bay, crossing the finish 17 seconds ahead of Oracle. New Zealand have notched seven victories and need just two more to wrest the Cup from holders Oracle. They could seize the Cup as early as today, when the next two races are scheduled.
Serbia get top seeding
Serbia are heading to the quarter-finals of the European basketball championship as a top seed after finishing top of their second-round group on Sunday. They were joined into the final eight by Lithuania, France and Ukraine. Serbia beat France 77-65 to finish Group E with a 4-1 record. They were paced by 19 points, four rebounds and four assists by Nenad Krstic, while Bogdan Bogdanovic had 14 points and five rebounds. France dropped to 3-2 and finished third, despite Nicolas Batum, Nando de Colo, Alexis Ajinca and Boris Diaw all scoring 12 points. Tony Parker had eight points.
Storm postpones final round
A heavy rainstorm on Sunday postponed the completion of the final round of the US$8 million BMW Championship in Lake Forest, Illinois, the penultimate event of the PGA Tour playoffs. Only six players finished their final rounds at Conway Farms, where play was delayed twice before officials halted the round until yesterday morning. There were still 22 players in the field of 70 yet to tee off, including leader Jim Furyk of the US, who matched the Pga Tour record lowest round with a 59 on Friday and followed with a 69 on Saturday to stand on 13-under.
Yellow card an error: IRB
The International Rugby Board (IRB) has found fault with French referee Romaine Poite’s decision to award the first of two yellow cards to Springboks hooker Bismarck du Plessis in Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test against New Zealand. In a statement yesterday, the IRB said the yellow card awarded to Du Plessis for a tackle on New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter in the 17th minute of the match was “incorrect.” Du Plessis received a second yellow card for foul play in the 42nd minute, which meant he was sent off.