Sports Digest, February 5, 2013

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 February, 2013, 4:18am

Delhi Games chief denies graft charges

India's former Olympics chief pleaded not guilty in court yesterday to an array of corruption charges related to his handling of the chaotic Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010. Suresh Kalmadi, a lawmaker for the ruling Congress party, faces charges of criminal conspiracy, forgery, abuse of office and intimidation over a contract awarded to Swiss Timing, which is part of the Swatch luxury goods empire. Swiss Timing, which is named in the case but has not responded to a court summons, won a 1.1-billion-rupee (HK$160.3 million) contract as the official results provider and timekeeper. AFP


Carter defeats Fu in German Masters final

England's Ali Carter came from 5-3 down to beat Hong Kong's Marco Fu Ka-chun 9-6 to win his third world-ranking snooker title at the German Masters in Berlin. Fu, 35, had been seeking his second title, having won the 2007 Masters, but struggled with his safety and potting at the business end. "I didn't have many chances. Every time I came to the table I was faced with a tough shot," he said. "Ali played very well so all credit to him. It was nice to be in a final again … hopefully, I can come back next year and win it." AFP


Pakistan batsmen no match for fiery Steyn

Dale Steyn's career-best bowling figures propelled South Africa to a comprehensive 211-run victory over Pakistan on day four of the first cricket test at the Wanderers yesterday. Having set Pakistan an improbable 480-run victory target, South Africa bowled them out for 268 in their second innings, the visitors losing their final six wickets for 59 runs before lunch. Steyn picked up five second-innings wickets to finish with 11 for 60, his fifth 10-wicket haul. South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers equalled Englishman Jack Russell's world best of 11 dismissals in a test set at the same ground in 1995. Reuters