Sports Digest

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 August, 2012, 3:18am


'Super Dan' sets his sights on gold in 2016

Badminton star Lin Dan denied he has any plans to quit the game - and even said he would consider going for a third straight Olympic title in 2016. "Super Dan", 28, was thought to be eyeing retirement after he became the first man to clinch back-to-back Olympic gold medals this month in London. But Lin, often described as the sport's greatest ever player, said he merely needed a rest after the Olympics. "I never said I would retire. All I said is I want to take a rest for a while," the Chinese world No1 said. AFP

Call for Scottish golf clubs to allow women

The Scottish government has added to the pressure on two of Scotland's most famous golf clubs to admit women as full members. On Monday, Augusta National Golf Club opened its doors for the first time to two women members. And following that move Shona Robison, SMP and Minister for Commonweath Games and Sport called on the Royal and Ancient Golf of St Andrew (R&A) and Muirfield Golf Club, to follow Augusta's example. "The direction of travel now is clearly to admit both men and women," she said. AFP

Celtic sign Otsu after his heroics in Glasgow

Japanese Olympic striker Yuki Otsu appears bound for Celtic after the Scottish giants made an offer to German side Borussia Moenchengladbach, a Japanese sports daily reported yesterday. The 22-year-old forward scored the winner when Japan pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Olympic soccer history last month, stunning reigning world and European champions Spain 1-0 in Glasgow. Celtic put in a bid for him, with a formal transfer agreement expected to be announced within a few days, Sports Nippon reported. AFP

Spinners put India in firm control

India spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha scythed down New Zealand's top half to put the hosts in firm control of the opening cricket test in Hyderabad at the close of the second day yesterday. At stumps, the visitors were 106 for five, trailing India by 332 runs in their first innings. James Franklin (31) and Kruger van Wyk (0) were at the crease. Off-spinner Ashwin took three wickets while left-armer Ojha picked up the last two to fall after their India had racked up 438 in their first innings. Reuters