Molik makes Aussie Open
It's been a tough road back from illness for Alicia Molik. Formerly the sixth-ranked player in the world, the Australian was struck down by a debilitating inner ear illness last year that saw her ranking slide out of the top 100. Yetserday, Molik, now No. 165, won the Australian Open wild card tournament that advances her to the main draw of next year's first Grand Slam beginning on Jan. 15 in Melbourne. Molik, who reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open last year, beat Jessica Moore 6-4, 6-4.
Wenger in hot water
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was charged with improper conduct on Monday for criticizing match officials during his team's draw with Portsmouth. The Football Association said the Frenchman was cited "in relation to his words and behavior" toward the officials at halftime of Sunday's game. Wenger was unhappy about the awarding of a free kick to Portsmouth, which led to Noe Pamarot's opening goal in first-half injury time. He complained to the fourth official and was ejected from the touchline by referee Steve Bennett, forcing him to watch the second half from the stands. The game ended 2-2. Wenger has until Jan. 5 to respond, the FA said.
Woods wins again
Tiger Woods was voted player of the year for a record eighth time by the Golf Writers Association of America, which selected Lorena Ochoa the best female player. He finished the season with six consecutive US tour victories. He won 97 percent of the vote. Woods has won the award every year except 1998 and 2004 since his first full season as a pro. Ochoa, the 24-year-old from Mexico, won six times on the US LPGA Tour and swept its major honors by leading the money list with over US$2.5 million, winning the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average and winning its points-based player of the year.
Fulham sink 'Boro
Brian McBride and Heidar Helguson scored first-half goals as Fulham beat struggling Middlesbrough 2-1 in the English Premier League on Monday. Helguson converted a penalty kick in the 12th minute after George Boateng brought down Moritz Volz. McBride doubled the lead in the 35th with a shot that deflected off Middlesbrough defender Chris Riggott. Middlesbrough pulled within a goal in the 74th minute when Mark Viduka capitalized on a poor goal kick from Fulham goalkeeper Antti Niemi. Fulham improved to 23 points and 11th place, while Middlesbrough remained in 17th, putting pressure on manager Gareth Southgate.
Owens fined US$35,000
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens has been fined US$35,000 for spitting at Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the NFL said on Monday. The incident occurred in the first quarter of the 38-28 victory over the Falcons on Saturday. Hall knocked Owens out of bounds on a pass play and the Cowboys receiver responded by spitting in his opponent's face. "I got frustrated and I apologize," Owens told the NFL Network. "It was a situation where he kept bugging me and getting in my face."
Bruised McPherson sues
Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Adrian McPherson is suing the Tennessee Titans because the NFL team's mascot hit him with a golf cart before the second half of an August exhibition game. McPherson filed his civil lawsuit on Friday in Davidson County Circuit Court and also also seeking US$5 million in compensatory damages for the Titans' negligence and US$15 million in punitive damages. A team spokesman said on Monday afternoon the Titans were aware of the lawsuit but had no further comment.
Larry Sherry dies
Larry Sherry, MVP of the 1959 World Series as a reliever for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 71. Sherry died early on Sunday at his home in Mission Viejo, according to his brother, Norm, a former catcher who also played for the Dodgers. Sherry was 2-0 with two saves and an 0.71 ERA to lead the Dodgers past the Chicago White Sox in six games to win the baseball World Series in their second year in Los Angeles. He was the winning pitcher in the fourth and sixth games.
TAIWANESE TO PLAY: Jason Jung faces Frederico Coria in the men’s singles first round today, while in the women’s singles, Hsieh Su-wei is to take on Barbara Haas Novak Djokovic is to renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown. The only man to beat Djokovic this year is Djokovic after the Serb’s hair-trigger temper prompted a sensational disqualification from the US Open. The 33-year-old arrives in the French capital with a 31-1 record this year after his New York brain-fade was followed by a record 36th Masters title in Rome. Djokovic’s 2016 triumph at Roland Garros allowed him to
Taiwan’s Jason Jung was knocked out of the first round of the French Open in straight sets on Sunday, while Andy Murray said it was going to be “difficult” for the former world No. 1 to reach his level of old after he also fell to a lopsided defeat by fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. Jung fell to a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) defeat to Argentina’s Federico Coria in 3 hours, 19 minutes at Roland Garros, despite hitting 55 winners. Jung served for both the first and second sets, then failed to convert two set points at 5-4 in
Michael Schumacher’s son Mick said that the prospect of Lewis Hamilton equaling the Ferrari great’s all-time record of 91 wins has given him something to aim for when he gets to Formula One. Hamilton, who replaced Michael Schumacher at Mercedes in 2013, can take his 91st victory in today’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi — a race he has won four times previously. “One sentence my dad always used to say was: ‘Records are there to be broken.’ It’s everybody’s aim in this sport to do that,” Formula Two championship leader Mick Schumacher said on Friday. “I think Lewis had a very, very
Taiwan Steel on Sunday took sole possession of the top of the Taiwan Football Premier League standings for the first time this season after a 9-2 thrashing of Taipower in a title showdown in which man-of-the-match Marc Fenelus scored four goals and provided two assists. In a match billed as the season’s key battle between the league’s two leading teams, both on 36 points, Taipower’s players wilted under the pressure and got blown away by an outstanding display from Taiwan Steel, who cruised to their ninth consecutive victory. Taiwan Steel opened the scoring within five minutes in the rain in Taoyuan when