Daly’s wife denies theft
An attorney for John Daly’s estranged wife, Sherrie Daly, says she did not steal the pro golfer’s cellphone. Randy Fishman said on Monday that “this is a divorce case and people accuse each other of stuff all the time.” Sherrie Daly was freed on a US$500 bond on Friday after being accused of stealing the phone from the golfer’s tour bus in June. The bus was parked behind the John Daly Bar & Grill in the north Mississippi city of Olive Branch. Fishman says he expects nothing to come of the misdemeanor charge of petit larceny. A court date is set for Thursday next week. Sherrie Daly lives in Germantown, Tennessee.
Host Woods announces field
Tournament host Tiger Woods has announced a strong field featuring five of the world’s top 10 players for the year-ending Chevron World Challenge. The 16-man line-up includes Fiji’s Vijay Singh (ranked third), British Open and PGA champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland (fourth), Americans Anthony Kim (sixth) and Jim Furyk (10th) and Colombian Camilo Villegas (seventh). World No. 1 Woods, however, will be a conspicuous absentee from the field, having shut down his 2008 campaign in mid-June after winning the US Open to have reconstructive knee surgery. The US$5.75 million event will be held at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California from Dec. 18-21.
Nolan leads Detroit to finals
Deanna Nolan scored 21 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 19 to help the Detroit Shock reach the WNBA finals for the third straight season with a 75-73 win over the New York Liberty on Monday. The Shock won the best-of-three Eastern Conference finals and advanced to play the San Antonio Silver Stars for the championship. Detroit beat Sacramento in 2006 for its second league title, then lost in five games to Phoenix last year. On Monday, the Shock led by 20 in the first half, but had to fight off the deeper Liberty in the second half. Sixth woman Plenette Pierson, who played well in Sunday’s Game 2 just seven days after dislocating her shoulder, was limited to two points in six minutes.
Charlesworth named coach
Olympic champion Ric Charlesworth was appointed coach of the Australian men’s hockey team yesterday, two months after quitting as India’s technical director. Charlesworth, a former Australia captain who guided his country’s women’s team to gold medals at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics, will take over from Barry Dancer, who resigned after the Beijing games. A spate of retirements since Beijing will leave Charlesworth with the task of rebuilding the Australian men’s team, which has gradually slipped from world field hockey supremacy. “The team changes all the time and the team which played in Beijing will never play together again,” Charlesworth said.
Serena would take Porsche
Serena Williams would happily forego the US$100,000 prize money that goes to the winner of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart. She’d much rather drive off in the bright red convertible parked courtside. The tournament gives the winner a choice — either a cash prize or a low-slung Porsche 911 sports car. Williams has no doubts about which she’d prefer. “I’ve been trying for so long to win the Porsche, it’s about time to take that 911 home,” Williams said.
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
Thailand international Pitsamai Sornsai, a new arrival for Inter Taoyuan, is to lead her team against Taipei Bravo tomorrow in the 10th round of the Taiwan Mulan Football League. Sornsai, who is nicknamed Pui, has attracted interest from media and fans as the first foreigner signed to play in Taiwan’s women’s league. Inter are among six teams battling for the title this year. The addition of Sornsai is a boost for the international profile of women’s soccer in Taiwan and elevates the competition. The 31-year-old brings a wealth of experience, including from the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Championship, the Southeast Asian Games and
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