Sports Digest, February 26, 2013
Kuchar on top of the world after WGC win
Matt Kuchar felt on top of the world after landing his first World Golf Championships title with a 2-and-1 victory over Hunter Mahan in the Accenture Match Play Championship final. The 34-year-old American won all six of his matches in an elite event that brought together the game's leading players. Last year, Kuchar clinched his fourth PGA Tour title at the Players Championship, and he was thrilled to add a WGC crown to his career résumé. "It's an incredible feeling," said Kuchar. "Tough to compare with the match-play difference, but you've got two fields that are the strongest fields in golf," he said of the Players Championship versus the prestigious WGC tournaments. "You've got the best players in the game of golf showing up, and to be a champion at an event where you've beaten the best in the world, it's just an amazing feeling." Reuters
Fifa bans 58 guilty of match-fixing in China
Fifa has given worldwide bans to 58 soccer players and officials found guilty in Chinese match-fixing cases. Fifa said it expelled 33 people from the game for life and 25 others would serve five-year bans for involvement in "domestic match-fixing and bribery". All those banned were previously sanctioned by the Chinese soccer association. Life bans were imposed on referee Lu Jun, who officiated at two 2002 World Cup matches, and four former Chinese national team players: Shen Si, Qi Hong, Jiang Jin and Li Ming. Fifa said the sanctions followed investigations and trials conducted by law-enforcement and soccer authorities from 2010 to last year. It said the fixed matches were played "in the 1990s and early 2000s". AP
Teenage fan admits causing flare death
A teenage Corinthians fan confessed to causing the death of a 14-year-old with a flare during the Sao Paulo side's Libertadores Cup game in Bolivia last week. In a television interview on Sunday, the 17-year-old took responsibility for the death of 14-year-old Kevin Espada during Wednesday's 1-1 draw between Corinthians and San Jose. He said he did not know how to use the flare properly and it "took off". He only learned of the boy's death after the game and would now turn himself into the authorities.