Sport Digest, November 17, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 November, 2012, 3:05am

Lee among favourites for sports awards

Candidates for the 2012 annual Sports Stars Awards must attend the prizegiving ceremony as a pre-requisite for nomination, organisers said yesterday. Eight stars of the year will be announced at a ceremony at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on March 14, with the highest vote winner among the eight to be honoured the "Best of the Best". The 2011 winner, cyclist Kwok Ho-ting, did not show up at the presentation and it is believed the event's title sponsor urged organisers to make the stipulation. London Olympics cycling bronze medal winner Lee Wai-sze will be the strong favourite for the top honour and is likely to attend. Each national sports association will be allowed to enter one candidate in each of the six awards categories instead of two as in previous years because the organisers intend to recognise more athletes from different sports. Chan Kin-wa


Beckham 'has no plan to move to Australia'

David Beckham's representatives yesterday moved quickly to play down talk of a potential move to Australia, after claims by the country's football federation that he wanted to join an A-League club. Football Federation Australia (FFA) claimed the 37-year-old had been in talks with Australian teams over a 10-game loan spell in the country's top flight. However, a member of Beckham's management team insisted he had no plans to leave California, with the Major League Soccer (MLS) season due to end in two weeks. "David is focused on the MLS play-offs," a spokesman said. AFP


Clubbing NZ players skipped fan event

New Zealand Football apologised yesterday after All Whites players reportedly went clubbing in Shanghai following their 1-1 draw with China, then failed to turn up for a breakfast with young fans. The New Zealand Herald said NZF chairman Frank van Hattum showed up to the event on Thursday morning without any of the team. AFP