Sports Digest, November 28, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 1:42am

Ainslie quits Olympics and eyes America's Cup

The most successful Olympic sailor, Britain's Ben Ainslie, yesterday confirmed that he will not defend his title at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro to focus instead on the America's Cup. "It fills me with both relief and sadness to write these words but I can now officially confirm that I have donned my Team GB tracksuit for the last time," the quadruple gold medallist and multiple world champion wrote in the Daily Telegraph. "No more Olympic villages. No more opening or closing ceremonies. After almost 20 years entirely dedicated to the pursuit of gold, taking in five Olympic campaigns, I have decided I will not attempt a sixth." Ainslie has been described by International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge as "the greatest sailor of all time". The 35-year-old began his career in Atlanta in 1996, winning silver in the Laser class, then gold in Sydney four years later. He moved to the Finn class and won gold in Athens, Beijing and London. He will be competing as part of the British JP Morgan BAR team as the America's Cup builds towards the finals in September 2013. AFP


Fugitive arrested in Italy match-fixing case

Italian police said yesterday that they have arrested Serbian soccer player Almir Gegic, who has been wanted since June 2011, for alleged involvement in a widespread match-fixing case. He turned himself in after more than a year on the run. Yesterday police released a video of his arrival at Milan's Malpensa airport late Monday. Gegic was brought to a jail in Cremona, where prosecutor Roberto Di Martino's match-fixing inquiry is based. More than 50 people have been arrested so far and more than 100 are under investigation. He was allegedly a link between the fixing ring's base in Asia and Italian players. He was charged with criminal association and sports fraud and could be interrogated by the end of the week. Gegic played for Vicenza in Italy from 1998-2000. "The magistrates have done a great job. They've uncovered all of the fixed matches - at least the ones I bet on," Gegic told the Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview he did before leaving Serbia that was published yesterday. Gegic added that another wanted alleged fixer, Hristyian Ilievski, also is nearly ready to turn himself in. "He's tired like I am," Gegic told the Gazzetta. AP


French officials set to rule on Dettori case

French horse racing stewards will meet on Tuesday to decide whether to take further action against jockey Frankie Dettori over his positive drug test. The British-based rider tested positive for an unidentified banned substance on September 16 at Longchamp. The medical committee of the French horse racing association suspended the Italian on "medical grounds" and transferred the case to France Galop - the governing body. They said yesterday they would hear the case on December 4. AP