Short Sport, December 16, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 December, 2012, 3:43am

US Open adds extra day for next year

The US Open tennis tournament is moving the women's final to Sunday and men's final to Monday next year, building in a day of rest ahead of each title match. Rain forced organisers to postpone the men's final from its scheduled Sunday slot to Monday each of the past five years. Some top male players complained that the US Open was the only major tournament that put their semi-finals and final on consecutive days. The men's semi-finals in New York will stay on Saturday under the new plan. Organisers also announced total prize money in 2013 will jump US$4 million to a record US$29.5 million. AP


Citizen make most of numerical advantage

Citizen capitalised on their vast numerical advantage as they defeated nine-man South China 3-2 in the first leg of the Canbo Senior Shield semi-finals at Hong Kong Stadium yesterday. South China midfielder Man Pei-tak was sent off for a second booking in the 67th minute and the Caroliners were down to just nine men when teammate Jack Sealy was red-carded in the 90th minute. South China took a 21st minute 1-0 lead through Mauro da Silva before Michael Campion scored from the spot to equalise in the 64th minute. Paulo Carreiro put Citizen 2-1 ahead in the 70th minute and Festus Baise extended the scoring five minutes later. Lee Wai-lim closed the gap with a stoppage-time goal for South China. Chan Kin-wa


French mountaineer Herzog dies at 93

French mountaineer Maurice Herzog, who became the first person to scale an 8,000-metre peak, but lost all his fingers and toes to frostbite on the way down, has died. He was 93. Herzog, a member of the International Olympic Committee for 25 years and a former sports minister, died of natural causes. A photograph of Herzog waving a French tricolor atop the 8,091-metre Annapurna in the Himalayas on June 3, 1950, made front pages around the world. All of Herzog's fingers and toes had to be amputated after the expedition to Annapurna, which he later recounted in a best-selling book. AP


Rookie Popovic holds on to Coolum lead

Rookie Daniel Popovic maintained his grip on the Australian PGA Championship by opening a two-stroke lead after the third round in Coolum yesterday. "I'm over the moon, I couldn't be feeling any better right now," Popovic said. Fellow Victorian Anthony Brown fired an eight-under 64 to climb up the leaderboard to second place at 11 under. Reuters