Sports Digest

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 September, 2012, 2:37am

Bolt could don United jersey in charity match

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt, an avowed Manchester United fan, could appear for the Premier League club in a charity soccer game next summer, according to manager Alex Ferguson. "Usain's a character and a big United fan," Ferguson told Inside United magazine of Bolt, fresh from his second successive triple gold haul in the 100 metres, 200m and 4x100m relay at the London Olympics. "But it's interesting he says he'd like to play in a charity game. It could be brilliant, and next year when we play Real Madrid's Legends again, there could be opportunities to bring him up and see how he does." That game is scheduled for June 3, 2013, at Old Trafford, but comes in mid-season for Bolt ahead of several lucrative Diamond League meets and the August 10-18 world championships in Moscow. AFP


Ababa in charge after five-under first round

Sarah Jane Ababa stole the show on day one of the Hong Kong Ladies Open Amateur Championship with a brilliant five-under-par 66 at Discovery Bay Golf Club yesterday. Filipina Ababa, 18, got off to a slow start with a bogey on the par-three second, but responded with six birdies in a flawless last 16 holes to take a two-shot lead over compatriot Cyna Marie Rodriquez, in second place. Thailand's Kamonwan Lueamsri is third after a 69. Tiffany Chan and Michelle Cheung head the local challenge with matching level-par 71s, a score replicated by world junior champion Benyapa Niphatsophon, of Thailand, who won on the same course three weeks ago to take the Hong Kong Junior Open title. Defending champion Jayvie Agojo, also of the Philippines, finds herself six shots off the pace after a 72. Alex Jenkins


AFC presses on with Bin Hammam probe

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is continuing its investigation into sidelined president Mohamed bin Hammam despite his provisional suspension ending on Tuesday. The AFC is investigating claims of financial wrongdoing by Bin Hammam during his tenure. The regional governing body, which Bin Hammam headed for nearly a decade, provisionally suspended the Qatari for 30 days on July 16 and then invoked a one-time clause which allowed them to extend that ban by 20 days last month. Despite the suspension ending, the 63-year-old Qatari remains banned from any soccer related activity because of a 90-day ban by world governing body Fifa on July 26, the AFC said. Bin Hammam has denied the charges. Zhang Jilong has headed the AFC in Bin Hammam's absence. Reuters