Short Sport, October 10, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2012, 2:52am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2012, 3:30am

Qingdao DoubleStar home in on McGrady

American basketball star Tracy McGrady is close to sealing a deal to play in China for Qingdao DoubleStar, with an announcement expected over the next few days. The team had reached a verbal agreement with the seven-time NBA All-Star and were waiting for McGrady to sign a contract, Qingdao general manager Sheng Xishun said. “Both parties have reached a verbal agreement,” Sheng said. “The contract is for one year.” He declined to give financial details. McGrady would be familiar to Chinese fans through his years playing alongside the now-retired Yao Ming at the Houston Rockets. AFP

Spanish federations face 34pc funding cut

State funding for Spain’s sports federations will be slashed by more than a third next year to €31million (HK$312 million), sports minister Miguel Cardenal said. The cuts are part of a sweeping austerity package in response to the country’s economic crisis. Federations will receive €16 million less than this year, a drop of 34 per cent, meaning the level of funding will have plummeted from €82 million in 2009. Cardenal has admitted that performance will be affected over the longer term as athletes are unable to afford to travel to international competitions outside Spain or buy suitable equipment. Reuters

Venturi to be inducted into golf’s Hall of Fame

Former US Open champion and television broadcaster Ken Venturi, a 14-times winner on the PGA Tour, has been voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2013. The 81-year-old American, selected in the Hall of Fame’s lifetime achievement category, will be inducted on May 6 at the World Golf Village in St Augustine, Florida. “It’s just an honour,” Venturi said. “The greatest reward in life is to be remembered.” Reuters