Sports Digest, March 1, 2013

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 March, 2013, 4:53am


Tseng gives Munoz a run for HSBC lead

Taiwan's world No 1 Tseng Ya-ni eagled her last hole at Singapore's star-studded HSBC Women's Champions yesterday to put pressure on first-round leader Azahara Munoz. Tseng's 25-foot downhill putt across the 18th green drew broad smiles and an arms-aloft celebration from the Taiwanese ace as she rocketed up the standings to lie three shots behind Munoz with a 68. Munoz ended a hot first day at the par-72 Sentosa Golf Club two shots clear on seven-under-par 65 after dropping four birdies on her front nine and another three on the way back. Spaniard Munoz finished bogey-free and ahead of five players tied for second, including American world No4 Stacy Lewis. Tseng, was among four players on 68. including America's Paula Creamer, who made light of whiplash sustained in a car crash last week. AFP


HK 6s to trial first international 5s format

The HKFC Hockey 6s will trial the first international 5s competition this month with the format likely to be introduced at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing next year. The 5s format is seen as a key element for the sport's future development and growth due to greater accessibility of short-form hockey for youth and the ability to play it on non-regulation pitches. Players from the four international teams (Australia, Great Britain, Holland and the Asian Barbarians) in the HKFC Hockey 6s (March 28-30) will be split into four five-a-side teams to compete in the exhibition. "It is a great opportunity for us to introduce the format to Hong Kong and Asia, particularly ahead of the Youth Games next year in Nanjing. ," said organising committee chairman Patrick Watts. Staff Reporter


Rangers keep titles after investigation

Fallen Scottish giants Rangers have escaped being stripped of five of their world-record 54 league titles following a long-running investigation into the football club's undisclosed payments to players from 2000 to 2011. However, the company that owned the Glasgow club before it went into administration last year was fined £250,000 (HK$2.9 million). An independent commission appointed by the Scottish Premier League found the company, or "Oldco" Rangers, guilty of failing to make proper disclosure of "side-letter arrangements" between 2000 and 2011, but ruled they "did not gain any unfair competitive advantage". Rangers manager Ally McCoist said: "Our fans will take great heart from this." AFP


Real striker Benzema charged for speeding

Spanish police say Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was caught speeding at more than 100km/h over the limit. Benzema has been charged with reckless driving after being caught going 216km/h in a 100km/h zone in Madrid on February 3. He faces losing his license and a fine. AP