In Brief

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 October, 2007, 12:00am

Yi still cagey about his age

Yi Jianlian, Milwaukee's top draft pick, declined to answer whether he was 19 or 22 years old, again dodging a question that's hounded him since announcing he was coming to the NBA. Yi's birth certificate lists him as being born on October 27, 1987, but he's long been rumoured to be older. He received a red-carpet welcome from fans of his new NBA team. On the road trip to Chicago, Yi saw a billboard featuring his likeness. 'He seemed impressed,' a Bucks spokesman said. He worked out with his new team on Thursday, and looked sluggish. AP

Trainer fired over sumo death

Japan's sumo association fired the trainer of a teenage novice who died after an alleged beating by fellow wrestlers. Police questioned stable master Tokitsukaze, 57, and the other trainees after 17-year-old Tokitaizan died. An autopsy showed his body had numerous bruises and wounds that did not appear consistent with those sustained in normal sumo training. AP

Near miss spurs Lam on

Talented 14-year-old Steven Lam will have the perfect motivation to do well when the UBS Hong Kong Open qualifying tournament tees off on Monday. The Hong Kong amateur is keen to make up for his disappointment last year when he missed a birdie putt on the last hole that would have got him into a play-off for the final qualifying place. 'I came very close 12 months ago and I'm hoping to do even better this time,' said Lam, a student at St Joseph's College in Mid Levels. He will be the youngest of 39 competitors vying for five Hong Kong Open slots when the qualifying tournament is held on the Old Course at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling. Staff Reporter

Vijay Singh in control

Fijian star Vijay Singh grabbed a three-stroke lead in the second round at the Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open in Seoul after a steady two-under-par 69 yesterday and an aggregate of 135. Singh, who returned to South Korea for the first time since his last success in 1995, fired three birdies against a lone drop on tricky greens at the par-71 Woo Jeong Hills Country Club. Three shots behind are South Korea's Kim Sang-ki, who also shot a 69 yesterday, and compatriot Kim Kyung-tae, who was even-par for the day. 'I had a decent game with a 25-foot birdie putt on the second hole so I hope to continue my run,' said Singh. Shenton Gomez

Australia overcome Yuvraj heroics

Australia overcame a superb 121 by Yuvraj Singh to clinch a 47-run win over India in the third one-day cricket international in Hyderabad yesterday, taking a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series. Andrew Symonds lashed 89 from 67 balls to top-score for the second game in a row and help Australia to reach 290 for seven after electing to bat. India were 243 all out in reply. Reuters

Venus into Japan Open final

Top-seeded Venus Williams defeated Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 7-5 yesterday to advance to the final of the Japan Open in Tokyo. She will face fifth-seeded Virginie Razzano of France in today's final. Williams, number eight in the WTA rankings, had her hands full with the 17-year-old Wozniacki, who took a 4-2 lead in the second set at Ariake Colosseum. AP

Webster the surprise leader

England's Steven Webster holds a one-shot lead after the first round of play at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships, played at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingbarns. The 32-year-old shot a seven-under-par 65 at Carnoustie to take sole possession of the lead heading into the second day's play yesterday. One shot further back are Scot Paul Lawrie, Denmark's Soren Hansen, Hennie Otto of South Africa and Australia's Scott Strange. AFP

Rare hammer victory for HK

Hong Kong's Leung Yee-mei won the gold medal in the women's hammer throw at the King's Cup Thailand Open Athletics Championships in Bangkok yesterday. Leung, 24, of Happy Valley Athletic Association, threw 45.79 metres, more than two metres outside her personal best. The four-day event is at the Thammasat Rangsit Main Stadium, at which 2,000 athletes from 15 countries are taking part. Richard Castka

Hong Kong claim gold medals

Runner Mak King-fong won the first gold medal for Hong Kong at the Special Olympics in Shanghai, winning the women's half-marathon. One of two runners, Mak finished in two hours, four minutes and 14 seconds. Hong Kong also won gold in the men's singles lawn bowls through Man Wai-shing. Ho Hing-kam was second. In swimming, Chan Man-tung and Tsang Pui-shan claimed silver medals in backstroke. Chan Kin-wa