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Sport Digest, February 4, 2013

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 February, 2013, 3:30am

Eagle cements Dubai win for Gallacher

Briton Stephen Gallacher ended his nine-year wait for a second European Tour golf title in stunning fashion with a three-shot victory at the Dubai Desert Classic yesterday. Gallacher holed his approach to the par-four 16th in the final round for his fifth eagle of the week to shake off the persistent challenge of South African Richard Sterne, who ended in second place. "I'm obviously delighted," said Gallacher after carding one-under-par 71 in the final round. "It's taken a long time but it's sweeter now." Reuters

 

South Africa close in on win over Pakistan

South Africa made steady inroads into the Pakistan batting line-up after reducing the visitors to 104 for four at tea in their second innings chasing a mammoth 480 to win on day three of the first cricket test at the Wanderers yesterday. All four home seamers picked up a wicket, with only debutant Nasir Jamshed (46) offering any resistance to the South African onslaught. Pakistan passed their first-innings total of 49, losing just one wicket. But the South African bowlers have managed to pick up wickets at regular intervals to stay on top. Reuters

 

Sleepless nights fail to stop new dad Fu

Hong Kong's Marco Fu Ka-chun reached his first major snooker final since 2008 on Saturday and credited his run at the German Masters to becoming a father. Fu's wife Shirley gave birth to a girl called Alicia in December. "My preparation was not great for this tournament, I only practised about a third as much as I normally do. There have been some sleepless nights," said Fu. "Maybe the baby has helped because it takes my mind off things. Usually in the players room we're just talking about snooker, but now I'm talking to the others about babies." AFP

 

Vikings' Peterson earns two top NFL awards

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who overcame a career-threatening injury to lead his team into the play-offs, was named the National Football League's Most Valuable Player. Peterson, whose 2011 season ended with a torn knee ligament, came within nine yards of setting a single season NFL rushing record and was also named the Offensive Player of the Year. "Unfortunately, [the Super Bowl] didn't happen. But I played my heart out every opportunity I had and I got a couple of good pieces of hardware to bring back." Reuters

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