Sports Digest, September 21, 2012

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 September, 2012, 2:07am

Perez says he's ready for F1's top teams

Sauber driver Sergio Perez says he's ready to drive for one of Formula One's top teams as speculation grows about a potential move to Ferrari and McLaren. The Mexican's impressive performances this season have seen him linked to potential vacancies at the series' top teams, even though Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo said he did not think Perez had enough experience yet to make the move in 2013. "I fully respect his opinion ... to become a Ferrari driver you probably need more [experience]," Perez said ahead of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. "It's only my second year in Formula One but I feel ready to do a good job with a top team, to fight for the championship. In that respect I feel ready." Perez said he had not received any formal approaches, despite the rumour mill putting him at the top of the list as a potential replacement for Ferrari's Felipe Massa or McLaren's Lewis Hamilton. AP


Cricketer Hayden quits playing for boardroom

Veteran Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden has called time on his glittering playing career, opting not to play in Australia's domestic Twenty20 series this year. The Heat said that after lengthy discussions, Hayden, 40, had opted not to return for a final series after signing as their marquee player for last season's inaugural T20 Big Bash League. "I will be pursuing my initial intention and agreement with the Heat of moving from the pitch to the boardroom, where I hope to continue to make a meaningful contribution to the Big Bash League and the Brisbane Heat," Hayden said. AFP


Springsteen's daughter buys Olympian horse

The daughter of rock star Bruce Springsteen has bought a gold-medal-winning horse from the London Olympics with hopes of competing for the United States in showjumping at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Peter Charles, who rode Murka's Vindicat W in a jump-off to clinch the Olympic team title for Britain last month, says the 10-year-old gelding has been sold to Jessica Springsteen. Charles says on his Facebook page: "I wish Jessica the best of luck with him and I am sure he will make her proud, too." Jessica Springsteen, who started riding at the age of five, missed the cut for the US Olympic equestrian team for London. AP