Sport Digest, November 18, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 3:44am

Disappointment for HK cyclist Lee in Glasgow

Lee Wai-sze had to settle for fifth place in the women's 500-metre time trial after a mediocre performance in the track cycling World Cup classic in Glasgow. Her time of 19.351 seconds put her in the second ranking after the first 250 metres, but when the sprint mattered most in the next and last lap, Lee failed to match her opponents with a 15.131-second finish and an aggregate time of 34.482 seconds. Lee set the Asian record in the event when she won the gold medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games in 33.945 seconds. Olga Panarina of Belarus won the Glasgow race in 34.121 seconds, followed by German rider Kristina Vogel and Tania Calvo of Spain. Lee will also compete in the sprint and keirin. She grabbed the sprint gold in the opening leg of the World Cup series in Cali, Colombia, last month. Chan Kin-wa


Mixed bag good enough for Donald

World number three Luke Donald fired a level-par 71 in the third round of the Dunlop Phoenix yesterday to retain a four-shot lead heading into the final round of the Japan Golf Tour event. Donald mixed three birdies with three bogeys for a 13-under 200 total at the Phoenix Country Club, where play was held up for two hours because of inclement weather on the Hitotsuba Pacific Coast in the south of the country. The Englishman, who last year became the first golfer to win the European and PGA Tour money lists in the same season, leads Australian Brendan Jones (67) and Japan's Shunsuke Sonoda (71) at the US$2.46 million event. Japan's Hiroyuki Fujita and Hirohito Koizumi are tied fourth a further shot back. Reuters


Best lives up to his name in Windies win

Tino Best picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in a test as the West Indies fought back to beat Bangladesh by 77 runs in the first cricket test in Dhaka yesterday. The home side caved in under pressure and were all out for 167 runs in their second innings, having been set a target of 245 runs in a maximum of 78 overs to win on a fifth-day track. Best provided the killer blows to finish with a career-best five for 24 as Bangladesh lost the test match despite scoring more than 550 runs in their first innings. West Indies captain Darren Sammy said they had seen something in the pitch during the last session of the fourth day that made them believe they could bowl the hosts out cheaply. "There was something for the spinners and also our guys are much quicker, so I backed my bowlers to go out and put the ball in the right areas," Sammy said. "It was a hard-fought test match. Obviously winning brings a good feeling in the dressing room. To see that we battled and came out victorious definitely boosts our confidence." Khulna, a new venue, will host the second and final test from Wednesday. AFP