Short Sport, October 21, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 March, 2014, 10:59pm

Record-breaking Lorenzo in pole

Jorge Lorenzo's record-shattering late burst put the MotoGP championship leader in pole position for today's Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit. The Yamaha rider cranked up the pace in the closing stages of yesterday's session to clock a record lap of two minutes, 0.334 seconds and snatch his seventh pole position of the season ahead of title rival and fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa (2:00.528). While it was similar to his pole-grabbing outing in Japan last week, Lorenzo will be hoping to prevent a repeat of the Motegi race where Honda's Pedrosa recorded his fourth win in five races to maintain his late-season title push. Reuters

NZ's MacDonald suffers heart attack

Leading New Zealand rugby union player Hoani MacDonald was reported in a critical but stable condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack during a national provincial championship match yesterday. MacDonald, who has played for the New Zealand Maori and Junior All Blacks teams and for the Otago Highlanders and Melbourne Rebels in the Super 15, was playing for Southland province against Counties Manukau at Pukekohe, south of Auckland. The New Zealand Rugby Union said MacDonald was taken to an Auckland hospital, where he was placed in an induced coma. His condition was later listed as critical but stable. AP

Police to investigate goalkeeper attack

British police have vowed to work with both Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday to find the supporter who attacked goalkeeper Chris Kirkland in a derby match between the two clubs. The Sheffield Wednesday player was assaulted by a Leeds fan who invaded the pitch during a stormy 1-1 English Championship draw at Hillsborough on Friday, but was not caught by stewards. The visibly shaken Kirkland needed several minutes of treatment before he was able to continue. The incident was one of a number of unsavoury ones to have occurred on a shameful night. Wednesday manager Dave Jones branded the Leeds fans as "vile animals". AFP