Short Sport, February 3, 2013

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 February, 2013, 4:00am

Japan Olympic officials to probe abuse claims

The Japanese Olympic Committee says it will investigate the alleged abuse of elite female judo competitors by former national coach Ryuji Sonoda, and broaden the investigation to other sports. Sonoda, a former world gold medalist in the men's 60kg division, resigned on Thursday after it was revealed that 15 top female judoka accused him and other coaching staff of harassment and physical violence during training before the London Olympics. AP


Two-decade pension fraud uncovered

The daughter of a former Chicago Bears player has pleaded guilty to fraud after collecting money from an NFL pension plan two decades after her father's death. Constance Helwig-Langlois is the daughter of John Helwig, who played for the Bears in the 1950s. He died in 1994, but pension cheques kept coming until the autumn of 2011. The government says his widow told the NFL he was still alive, and when she died in 2007, their daughter kept the scheme going. AP


Second Aussie boxer fells Sturm in the ring

Former world middleweight boxing champion Felix Sturm of Germany has lost to another Australian after Sam Soliman claimed a unanimous points victory in their IBF middleweight title eliminator. Sturm, 34, suffered a second consecutive defeat in Duesseldorf having lost his WBA crown to Australia's Daniel Geale in September. Soliman is now set for a crack at the IBF title. "I can't get inside the judges' heads, I am just a boxer," a disappointed Sturm said after his defeat. AFP


Mattel soars ahead of rival Takanashi

France's Coline Mattel won her second women's World Cup ski jump event of the season in Sapporo, Japan, yesterday, upstaging local favourite and overall leader Sara Takanashi of Japan. Mattel landed a jump of 93 metres for 120.2 points on her first attempt before wind stopped the second round. Austria's Jacqueline Seifriedsberger jumped 94.5 metres, but was deducted style points to finish second with 111.9 points, while Anette Sagen of Norway was third on 111.4. AP