■ Biathlon Sergi Rozhkov wins 10km \n \nRussia's Sergei Rozhkov won a men's World Cup 10km biathlon sprint Friday to take the lead in the overall standings. Rozhkov, whose shooting was clean, won in 24 minutes and 5.4 seconds. Austria's Ludwig Gredler finished second, 11.7 seconds back with one missed target. Another Russian, Sergei Chepikov, was third, 21.2 seconds behind. He also missed one target. Four-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway did not compete in the race in this central Slovak resort. Rozhkov leads the standings with 208 points, five points ahead of Norway's Halvard Hanevold. \n \n■ Basketball \nMourning has new kidney \n \nFormer NBA All-Star center Alonzo Mourning underwent kidney transplant surgery Friday and was listed in good condition, hospital officials said. The surgery, performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, came less than a month after Mourning retired from the NBA due to a kidney disease. The kidney donor, a family member, was also in good condition, officials said. Mourning, 33, retired from the New Jersey Nets on Nov. 24 because of complications from the disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. He was diagnosed before the 2000-2001 season, when he was with the Miami Heat. \n \n■ Golf \nDownes is up down under \n \nAustralian Chris Downes led for the third day straight Saturday, taking a one-shot lead into the final round of the Australian Open golf tournament at Moonah Links. Downes had four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey to card a 1-under 71 and go to eight-under. Fellow Australian Stephen Leaney scored a 4-under 68 to go alone in second, with seven players at six-under. Among those is 2002 US Amateur champion Ricky Barnes. Barnes, from Stockton, CA, was challenging for the lead before bogeys at the 16th and 17th. Defending champion Stephen Allan was another at six-under. He followed his second-round course record 66 with an even-par 72 to join Barnes, Stuart Appleby (68), Steven Conran (68), Matthew Millar (69), Peter Lonard (70) and Craig Jones (70).
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very