Short Sport, December 10, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 December, 2012, 2:44am

Rahim hails series win over West Indies

Bangladesh cricket captain Mushfiqur Rahim hailed his team's hard-fought series win over the West Indies as the country's biggest ever given the absence of talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh held their nerves to clinch the deciding fifth and final one-dayer in Dhaka on Saturday by two wickets for a 3-2 series win, their second over the West Indies in three years. "We were missing a big performer in this series," said Rahim of the absence of Shakib, Bangladesh's best performer in recent seasons who had a shin injury. "So it became a huge challenge. I would say that this is the biggest win for us. We deserved to win this judging by our performance since the tests." AFP


Too sets record time in Sha Tin 10km race

Visiting Kenyan athlete Mercy Jelimo Too ran the fastest 10-kilometre time in Hong Kong by a woman this year when she won the Mizuno Shek Mun race at Sha Tin yesterday. Too, 30, was one of several Kenyan late entries for the popular race and won in 35 minutes and three seconds. Second-placed Michelle Lowry set a personal best of 35:34, while Yiu Kit-ching finished third in 36:10, also a personal best. "Today's race was the most competitive we have seen in the six years we've been staging it," said organiser Li Ho-tung. " Defending men's champion Gi Ka-man coasted home in 31:26 to win by more than a minute from Thomas Kiprotich, while Chan Ka-ho took third in 32:58. Richard Castka


Australians beat Dutch to claim hockey crown

Keiran Govers scored five minutes into extra time to give Australia a 2-1 win over the Netherlands yesterday, earning the Kookaburras a fifth consecutive Champion Trophy men's hockey title. Sander Baart gave the Dutch a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute before Russell Ford equalised for Australia in the 31st. "It was pretty important for me," Australia veteran Jamie Dwyer said of winning the tournament after losing in the Olympic semi-finals to eventual gold medallists Germany in August. "I guess after London we had a few doubts going through our heads, both individually and as a team. To come out and play like we did and not give the opposition many chances, and enjoy it as well, it's great." AP


Bulls' late charge ends Knicks' run of victories

The Chicago Bulls halted the New York Knicks' five-game NBA winning streak with a 93-85 home victory, continuing their home dominance over the Knicks at the United Centre. The Bulls have won 19 of their last 22 home encounters against the Knicks, who were still without Carmelo Anthony. Chicago were led by Luol Deng and Marco Belinelli, who scored 22 points apiece, improving to 11-8 and strengthening their lead in the Eastern Conference's Central standings. "[Belinelli] has been consistent with his approach," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He has gotten more comfortable, he has gotten extended minutes and he has played very well." The home side kicked away inside the final two minutes of the game with a 6-0 run to cement the victory. Raymond Felton had a game-high 27 points for the Knicks but could not drive his side to victory like he did against the Miami Heat on Thursday. The Knicks were left to rue poor accuracy, making just 32 per cent of their shots (27 of 84) compared with the Bulls' 44 per cent (34 for 78). New York dropped to 14-5 but stayed in top place in the Eastern Conference. Reuters