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Short Sport, October 11, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 October, 2012, 4:49am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 October, 2012, 6:03am
 

Molinari back for Europe after heroics

Team Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal has called up Francesco Molinari for December’s Royal Trophy golf tournament after the Italian’s last-day heroics against Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup. Olazabal, who masterminded one of golf’s great comebacks by the European team at Medinah last week, said Molinari’s achievement in halving his Sunday singles match against Woods was vital. “Francesco played superbly to earn a half against Tiger, and seeing him trading blows with America’s most famous player was great for European morale,” Olazabal said. Molinari, 29, will now join his Ryder Cup teammates Paul Lawrie and Nicolas Colsaerts, as well as Colin Montgomerie in Brunei from December 14 to 16 as Europe defend the Royal Trophy against Joe Ozaki’s Asian team. AFP

Hockey’s ‘Dominator’ calls it a day at 47

Dominik Hasek, a top goaltender who starred in the Czech Republic’s 1998 Olympic gold medal run and twice won National Hockey League titles with Detroit, has announced his retirement at the age of 47. Hasek had called it quits before but made a comeback and was trying to make a deal to play in the US minor leagues with the NHL shutdown in a lockout, but he found no takers, in part because he sat out last season. “I understand their reasons,” Hasek said. “I am 47 and I haven’t played hockey for the entire season.” A four-time Olympian, Hasek last played in 2010-2011for Moscow Spartak. Nicknamed “the Dominator”, Hasek, who once foiled NHL superstars now wants to leave the sport behind for good. “I have to go on and find new motivation,” he said. “I would like to do something creative, something completely new. The only thing I know is that it won’t be in hockey. Coaching or working as a manager is not the thing I would like to do.” AFP

Gangnam Style finish for Korean Grand Prix

Korean sensation Psy, whose hit song Gangnam Style has taken the pop world by storm, will wave the chequered flag at his home Formula One grand prix on Sunday, where he will also be performing live. The rapper has sprung to international fame and the video to Gangnam Style, featuring Psy’s much-imitated horse-riding dance, went viral after its July release on YouTube, where it has notched up nearly 420 million views. Psy, an ambassador for the race in Yeongam, said: “I look forward to bringing Gangnam Style to the glamorous world of F1, and welcome everyone to Korea for this great race.” His duties include waving the chequered flag at the end of the race. Sports stars including Novak Djokovic and West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle have celebrated by copying Psy’s dance moves, and his song shot to number one in the British music charts, despite being sung almost entirely in Korean. AFP

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