Short Sport, October 26, 2012

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 October, 2012, 12:20am

Stoner's top corner now Stoner Corner

Casey Stoner, chasing his sixth consecutive Australian MotoGP victory this weekend in his farewell season, had a high-speed corner on the Phillip Island circuit officially named after him yesterday. Turn three, the scene of many of the two-times MotoGP world champion's daring sliding manoeuvres at Phillip Island, will now be known as "Stoner Corner". Stoner, 27, has dominated MotoGP racing at his home circuit since 2007 and has announced he will retire from the sport at the end of this season. "Turn three is probably my favourite one in the world. I am almost flat out in fifth gear through there and that is pretty damn fast and it really gets your blood flowing, that's for sure," Stoner said. AP

Li beats Kerber at WTA Championships

China's Li Na beat Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4, 6-3 yesterday to retain a slim chance of advancing at the WTA Championships in Istanbul. Li's first win in two round-robin matches means she can still reach the semi-finals, depending on other results in her Red Group. The fifth-ranked Kerber, making her first appearance in the season finale, bowed out after losing all three matches. AP

Harrington grabs grand slam win by a stroke

Ireland's Padraig Harrington won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, firing a four-under par 67 to beat the US Open champion, Webb Simpson, by one stroke in the four-man, 36-hole event in Bermuda. Harrington birdied three holes in a row, starting at the 11th, to pull away and finished with a nine-under total of 133 to claim the US$600,000 first prize. "We haven't had a win in a long time and I've got to tell you, they don't come around anywhere near as often as you believe they come," Harrington said. "When you win, you make sure you enjoy it. It's nice to come back and win it now. I haven't won in a while." AFP