Short Sport, January 22, 2013

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 January, 2013, 5:29am

Gay seals first win on US circuit since 2009

American golfer Brian Gay's quest to add length to his driving led to a frustrating campaign last year, but his increased yardage off the tee helped him clinch his fourth PGA Tour victory at the Humana Challenge when he triumphed after a three-way play-off. "Last year was a struggle," said Gay, 41, after edging out compatriot Charles Howell III and Swede David Lingmerth for his first victory on the US circuit since the 2009 St Jude Classic. "It was a long year, a lot of work. I actually started out decent, but the summer was long and tough. I've always been a short hitter on the tour, and I felt like as I was getting older, I'm only going to get shorter and shorter. "The tour, it's become a power game now." Reuters


Peterhansel clinches record Dakar victory

Stephane Peterhansel claimed a record fifth Dakar Rally drivers' title, the 11th overall of his career, while French compatriot Cyril Despres captured a fifth motorcycling crown. Peterhansel - the champion on four wheels in 2004, 2005, 2007 and last year, as well as being a motorcycle winner on six other occasions - beat Ari Vatanen's 25-year-old record of four car titles in the gruelling endurance event. "It's a special moment - 15 days of racing, full of emotions and tension, and now the pressure vanishes all of a sudden," said Peterhansel. "This is the first time since I started racing in cars that we've finished a race without a single mechanical problem. This is the best car I've ever driven." AFP


Marsh called back to Australia's T20 squad

Top-order batsman Shaun Marsh was recalled to Australia's Twenty20 cricket side yesterday, joining others who have impressed in the domestic Big Bash League to take on Sri Lanka later this month. Chief selector John Inverarity said Marsh was among six players in the squad who did not feature in last year's ICC World Twenty20 event in Sri Lanka, where Australia were beaten by the West Indies in the semi-finals. "Each of these six - Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner and Ben Laughlin - has shown outstanding form in the T20 format over the past two months," said Inverarity. Marsh was the Big Bash League's highest scorer, finishing with 412 runs. AFP


Selby claims Masters title, eyes clean sweep

English snooker star Mark Selby won a third Masters title as he beat defending champion Neil Robertson of Australia 10-6 in the final at London's Alexandra Palace. As a result, world No1 Selby - who won the UK Championship last month - put himself on course to take the sport's three major tournaments in one season, with the world championship still to come. "Every time we come out, we play the one-table session, every match feels like a final, and we always get great crowds here in London," he said. Robertson said: "He's a very deserving winner." The win saw Selby join Cliff Thorburn, Stephen Hendry, Paul Hunter, Steve Davis and Ronnie O'Sullivan in winning at least three Masters titles. AFP


Guildford steps down after off-field incident

Troubled All Blacks wing Zac Guildford has stepped down from his Super 15 Canterbury Crusaders rugby side and faces misconduct proceedings after another off-field incident. "We and the Crusaders were very disappointed to learn of this incident," New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said. Details of what happened at a private party this month have not been released, but Guildford has a history of alcohol-related incidents. "He really has let himself down," Canterbury coach Todd Blackadder said, adding that the incident was "very, very serious". "When you're coaching a team like the Crusaders and you have a young guy like him, you have to put the team first." AFP