Sports Digest, January 11, 2013

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 January, 2013, 3:30am


Two killed in Dakar Rally support car crash

Two people were killed and seven others were injured in a head-on collision between a Dakar Rally support vehicle and a taxi near Peru's border with Chile. One of two taxis hit the support vehicle head-on while a second cab overturned as its driver tried to avoid the collision. Two people in the first taxi, including the driver, were killed and seven people, four of them Peruvian, were injured. Three of the injured were in the rally support vehicle. The collision came after the fifth stage of the race from Arequipa in Peru to Arica in Chile. Some 59 people, including 20 spectators, have lost their lives in the race over the years, but organisers have been keen to play down the dangers. This year, 150 security staff as well as 60 doctors and surgeons are on hand, backed up by five helicopters and 10 medical vehicles. AFP


N Korean Jong finalises deal with K-league

North Korea striker Jong Tae-se finalised his move to South Korea's K-league yesterday, vowing to score at least 15 goals for his new soccer team, the Suwon Samsung Bluewings, before the end of the season. Jong, 28, was bought by Suwon from FC Cologne in the second division of the German league for a reported fee of €300,000 (HK$3 million). "I will use my experience in Germany to help Suwon win the league this season," Jong said after finalising a three-year-deal, making him the fourth North Korean to join the league. AFP


Cooper faces Muay Thai veteran in debut bout

Australia rugby union flyhalf Quade Cooper was yesterday pitted against Muay Thai veteran Barry Dunnett for his professional boxing debut scheduled in Brisbane next month. Cooper, on the undercard of close friend and former All Black Sonny Bill Williams' bout with Francois Botha, will confront Dunnett, 32, who has fought 15 times under Muay Thai rules and has won one pro-boxing fight. AFP