Sport Digest, October 18, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 October, 2012, 3:14am

HK's Mizuno keeps in touch with leaders

Local favourite Shinichi Mizuno is within reach of the lead at the halfway stage of the Hong Kong Open Amateur Championship after firing a 74 at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club yesterday. Mizuno, 18, lies in a share of fifth on a two-round total of seven-under-par 147 and trails Britain's Alastair Hall by three shots. Hall, who opened with a fine 68, could only manage a 76 on day two but maintains a two-stroke advantage at the top of the leaderboard. Japan's Takaya Tsuruta, Liu Yu-jui of Taiwan and Fiji's Vikrant Chandra are tied for second on 144. Hong Kong's Terrence Ng finds himself six back on 150. This week's winner will earn a coveted berth into next month's UBS Hong Kong Open. Alex Jenkins


Ffree Fire aiming for another Hainan record

Sam Chan's Ffree Fire will be out to break his own record in the Hong Kong to Hainan race as part of a 12-yacht fleet that will set sail from Victoria Harbour today. Ffree Fire holds the race record of 29 hours, 25 minutes and eight seconds for the 360 nautical mile voyage to Sanya on the south of Hainan island and the local sailor will b e looking to win the event on corrected time to add to his perfect score at the St Regis International China Coast Regatta recently. Competition for line honours will be fierce, though, with Geoff Hill and Syd Fisher campaigning in Santa Cruz 72 Antipodes and Stephen Tan and Ernesto Echauz looking for Philippine glory on Jelik V. Staff Reporter


Bin Hammam accused of intimidation

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) acting chief Zhang Jilong has criticised sidelined president Mohamed bin Hammam for attempting to derail an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing by the Qatari through the use of "intimidation". Responding to a letter dated October 8, Zhang said Bin Hammam was trying to "intimidate and create technical legal issues and objections in the hope that the more serious allegations of secret commissions, bribery, corruption and other wrongdoings are never exposed to the light of day". Bin Hammam headed the AFC for nearly 10 years. Fifa banned Bin Hammam for life for bribery during his failed bid to become president of soccer's world governing body last year. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned that ruling but Fifa suspended him for 90 days after CAS said its decision was not "an affirmative finding of innocence". Bin Hammam has denied the charges levelled by the AFC and Fifa. Reuters