Sport Digest, November 5, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 November, 2012, 4:33am

Aussie Lester claims Hong Kong bowls title

Barrie Lester came to the Hong Kong International Bowls Classic with no expectations but walked away with the weekend's biggest prize by grabbing the men's singles crown in an all-Australian final at Kowloon Bowling Green Club yesterday. The 30-year-old from Melbourne played one of the games of his life to win the title at his first attempt, defeating pairs partner Matthew Baus, who celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday, 9-6, 8-9, 3-1. "We came here not knowing what the greens would be like and having no expectations, but we played our best. You couldn't have scripted it any better," said Lester, who works in community development for Bowls Australia. The women's title went to England's Sandy Hazell, who beat Hong Kong's Camilla Leung 8-7, 11-5. Unus Alladin


QPR and Reading still looking for first win

Queens Park Rangers and Reading wereboth left still looking for their first Premier League wins of the season after playing out a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road last night. Former QPR defender Kaspars Gorkss put Reading ahead after 16 minutes before Djibril Cisse equalised with a well-taken goal, controlling and firing home from close range after 66 minutes. The result left both teams in the relegation zone, with Reading 18th with five points from nine games and QPR 19th with four from 10. Reuters


Safarova helps Czechs retain Fed Cup

The Czech Republic's women's tennis team won a second straight Fed Cup yesterday after Lucie Safarova gave them an unbeatable 3-1 lead over Serbia by thrashing Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-1. "It's fantastic because it happened at home, in Prague, in front of our fans. It's unbelievable," Safarova said. Earlier, Ana Ivanovic had given Serbia a glimmer of hope by beating Petra Kvitova 6-3, 7-5 to reduce the deficit to 2-1. AFP


Rivera likely to beat injury, say Yankees

Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera plans to return next year after missing most of the 2012 season with a knee injury, the New York Yankees said. Rivera, 42, tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in May. The closer had surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training. Reuters