Sport Digest, November 7, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 12:13am

Ferguson statue to be erected at Old Trafford

Manchester United will commemorate manager Alex Ferguson's 26th year in charge of the team by unveiling a statue of the Scot this month, the Premier League leaders said. The statue will be uncovered at Old Trafford on November 23, the day before United's Premier League fixture against Queens Park Rangers, the same opponents as in the 70-year-old's first home match in charge on November 22, 1986. Ferguson is Britain's most successful club manager having led United to 12 Premier League titles, two European Cups, five FA Cups and four League Cups. He was previously in charge of Scotland's Aberdeen, taking them to the European Cup-Winners Cup title in 1983 by beating Real Madrid in the final. Designed by sculptor Philip Jackson, the statue will be positioned near the entrance to the stand named in Ferguson's honour last year. Reuters

HK's Choi stays in contention for honours

Hong Kong cyclist Choi Ki-ho kept his victory hopes alive in the Tour of Taihu as he stayed third overall after six stages. The 21-year-old finished in the leading peloton of yesterday's 110-kilometre stage from Huzhou to Taihu Tourist Resort with Sebastian Korber from Germany winning in two hours, 12 minutes and 11 seconds. With two stages to go, Choi is still 14 seconds behind general classification leader Milan Kadlec of the Czech Republic. Another Hong Kong rider, Cheung King-lok is two seconds behind his compatriot, fifth overall. The tour continues today with a 114km race stage from Wujiang to Shengze in Jiangsu. Chan Kin-wa

Cabrera the best, say his colleagues

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera has beaten out Pittsburgh centrefielder Andrew McCutchen and Los Angeles Angels rookie Mike Trout for player of the year as voted on by their fellow Major League Baseball players. Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner in the big leagues since 1967, hit .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs for AL Central champions the Detroit Tigers. Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones was voted Marvin Miller man of the year for excellence on and off the field over finalists Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox and Michael Young of Texas. AP