Short Sport, February 16, 2013

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 February, 2013, 5:09am

Doping not an issue in golf, Garcia insists

Spain's Sergio Garcia says doping is not a big problem in professional golf because performance-enhancing drugs are not as helpful in the game as in other sports. "Obviously, you can't control everyone, but I feel like golf has always been in a good state when it comes down to that," Garcia said. "It's not the kind of sport that needs so much when it comes to enhancing drugs." Debate on how to counter doping has intensified in the wake of Lance Armstrong's admission last month that he doped in all seven of his Tour de France wins. AFP


Clash with Barbarians to mark Fiji centenary

Fiji will face the Barbarians at Twickenham on November 30 and officials hope to stage tests with France, Wales and Russia during their end-of-year European tour, the Fiji Rugby Union announced. FRU chief executive Manasa Baravilala said the Barbarians match would be only the second time Fiji have played the invitational team, with the first meeting in 1970 resulting in a upset 29-9 win for the Pacific islanders. "The year 2013 marks the centenary of the game in our country, and we are honoured to be invited," Baravilala said. AFP


Nadal slams ATP Tour after Brazil Open win

Spain's Rafael Nadal cruised to a two-set victory in his singles debut at the Brazil Open, but then the 11-time grand slam winner blasted the ATP Tour for its choice of balls. The former world No1 needed only 78 minutes to prevail 6-3, 6-4 over Brazilian Joao Souza, ranked 104th in the world. Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals against Argentine Berlocq later yesterday. "It was an important victory for me … the conditions are very difficult. The court is very fast, the ball too," Nadal said. "The problem is not the court. The problem is the ball which is very bad," he added, saying organisers were not to blame. "It's the fault of the ATP for allowing play with a ball of poor quality. The ATP does not have the capacity or the infrastructure to be able to analyse the conditions before the tournament begins." AFP


Lakers owner Buss in intensive-care unit

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who has been in failing health for the past year, has been admitted to intensive care with cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported. The 79-year-old was taken to hospital in July for "dehydration" and underwent surgery a month later for an undisclosed illness. The Lakers did not immediately respond to requests for comment. It was not clear what form of cancer Buss is fighting. He purchased the Lakers in 1979 and has been in charge of the franchise for 10 of their 16 National Basketball Association championships. AP