Short Sport, December 29, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 December, 2012, 3:34am

French pair neck and neck in Vendee Globe

French pair Armel Le Cleac'h and Francois Gabart continued to dominate the Vendee Globe around-the-world sailing marathon yesterday, with Le Cleac'h easing ahead once again in mid-Pacific Ocean. The two sailors have been swapping the lead at regular intervals as they head towards Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America, where they will once again navigate into the Atlantic Ocean. Le Cleac'h was just 12.7 nautical miles clear of Gabart, with third-place Jean-Pierre Dick 460.4 nautical miles back. The chances of a first-ever non-French winner lay with Welshman Alex Thomson, but he was over 800 nautical miles off the pace. Thirteen yachts were left in the seventh edition of the race, which started at Sables d'Olonne in western France on November 10, while seven had been forced out of the gruelling single-handed event. Organisers said they expected the leaders to round the dangerous waters off Cape Horn on Tuesday. AFP


Lee in hot water after criticising Cricket NSW

Veteran Brett Lee faces a disciplinary hearing after criticising the New South Wales cricket administration and its chief executive David Gilbert, Cricket Australia (CA) said yesterday. Lee is in trouble over comments he made that Anthony Stuart had lost his job as New South Wales coach because he was made the scapegoat for the alleged deficiencies of Gilbert and the Cricket NSW hierarchy. CA said the former test fast bowler, who still plays in the domestic Big Bash League, was reported by Cricket NSW for allegedly breaching the CA code of behaviour. Under the code, players must not bring the game into disrepute or engage in behaviour harmful to the interests of cricket. Lee said he stood by his comments. "What I said, I meant. I did it in the best interests of NSW cricket. There's a lot of people who have thought it but didn't want to say it, so I took the decision that I should stand up," he said. AFP


Wade banned for one game over kick

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was suspended for one game by the NBA for kicking Charlotte's Ramon Sessions in the groin during a game on Wednesday. Wade was set to miss this morning's game against the Detroit Pistons because of the incident, which occurred in the fourth quarter of Miami's 105-92 victory over the Bobcats. Sessions was whistled for a foul on Wade on the play near mid-court, and Wade's flailing leg hit him and sent him to the floor. AFP


De La Hoya snaps up Games medallist Ogogo

Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions has signed Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo and expects the British middleweight to make his professional ring debut early next year. "Anthony Ogogo has everything you look for in a boxer," said Richard Schaefer, chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions. "He can fight, he has style and charisma, and he has amazing crossover potential. I have no doubt that Anthony has the skills in the ring and the personality outside of it to make him a global boxing star. We are proud to have him on our team, and this is just the first step in our growing commitment to British boxing." Golden Boy officials released a statement saying they were pleased to add another British boxer to their stable, after working with fighters such as Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton and David Haye. "To represent my country at a home Games was an incredible experience," Ogogo said, adding: "Following the Olympics, I've been looking to the future and considering a number of options, and feel that the time is now right to turn pro." AFP