WORLD SPORT Email: [email protected] Gulf Daily News Wednesday, 28th January 2015 Clarke vies with Jimenez for Ryder Cup captaincy DUBAI: The captain of the European side that will defend the Ryder Cup against the United States in Minnesota in 2016 will be Darren Clarke or Miguel Angel Jimenez, two stalwarts of the team said yesterday. World number two Henrik Stenson and sixth-ranked Sergio Garcia both believe it will be a straight fight between the Northern Irishman and the Spaniard over who replaces 2014 skipper Paul McGinley. “Most likely we’re going to see a race between Darren and Miguel,” Stenson told reporters yesterday ahead of this week’s Dubai Desert Classic. “That’s the beauty of being part of the Tournament Players Committee that no longer votes for it. I don’t have to put any thought into it, I just have to wait like everybody else until the result comes out.” The captain used to be decided by the players but it is now down to a five-man panel that includes former skippers McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie. “They have got enough experience between them to come up with a good decision,” said Swede Stenson who has played in the biennial team event three times. “I believe they haven’t met yet.” Davis shines in Pelicans victory l Bryant to have shoulder surgery NEW ORLEANS: An- thony Davis had 32 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots as the New Orleans Pelicans stretched their season-long winning streak to four games with a 99-74 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. Ryan Anderson scored 19 points and Eric Gordon added 13 for New Orleans, while Tyreke Evans tied a season high — set one night earlier — with 12 assists. K.J. McDaniels scored 16 points for the 76ers, who lost their sixth straight. Henry Sims and Luc Mbah a Moute had 14 points. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook scored 18 points as the Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-84 while playing without the injured Kevin Durant. Durant sat out after spraining the big toe on his left foot Sunday against Cleveland. Westbrook shot just 7 for 22 from the field, but was 4 for 6 and scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to help the Thunder remain in control. Serge Ibaka added 13 points and a season-high 19 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Thaddeus Young had 22 and Gorgui Dieng had a season-high 18 rebounds for the league-worst Timberwolves. At Los Angeles, Jamal Crawford scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Clippers held off the Denver BASKETBALL National Basketball Association on Monday: LA Clippers 102 Denver 98 Utah 90 Boston 99 Memphis 103 Orlando 94 New Orleans 99 Philadelphia 74 Oklahoma City 92 Minnesota 84 SOCCER English Championship: Derby 2 Blackburn Millwall 0 Reading Rotherham 4 Bolton 0 0 2 Nuggets 102-98 for their fifth straight victory. Matt Barnes added 18 points for Los Angeles, and Blake Griffin had 14 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 19 points and 11 assists. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Orlando Magic 10394 after Zach Randolph had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, while Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points as the Boston Celtics held on for a 99-90 road win over the Utah Jazz. Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant’s NBA season could be over after the guard agreed to have surgery on a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Monday. 0 3 Crawley 1 MK Dons 0 1 0 Bury 1 Dag & Red 1 1 YACHTING 4,670-nautical mile third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Abu Dhabi, UAE, to Sanya, China: 1. Dongfeng Race Team: 23d 13h 31m 38s; 2. Abu Dhabi Ocean star fails doping SEOUL: South Korea’s only Olympic swimming champion, Park Tae-hwan, failed a recent doping test and put his hopes of competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 in doubt. Park tested positive for an unspecified banned substance in early September in a test arranged by swimming world governing body FINA, according to his agency Team GMP and Korea Swimming Federation yesterday. South Korean media reported the substance was testosterone. The 25-year-old Park has been a national hero in South Korea since he won a gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It was South Korea’s first Olympic swimming medal, and he also owns the country’s only other three Olympic swimming medals. Park added a silver in Beijing, and two more silvers at the 2012 London Games. “Park Tae-hwan is more shocked by the results of a doping test than anyone else,” Team GMP said. Team GMP officials blamed the positive test on an injection administered by a local hospital, which offered him free chiropractic and other treatments in July. The doping test he failed was before the Asian Games, which began in late September in Incheon. There, Park won one silver and five bronze medals, and passed doping tests during the event, according to Team GMP and swimming officials. LONDON: England flyhalf n Pelicans’ Davis slam dunks in front of 76ers’ Henry Sims Surgery 0 Birmingham n South Korean n Farrell and Barritt out The five-time NBA champion will have surgery on today and a timeline for his return will be issued following the procedure, the team said in a statement. Bryant injured his shoulder last week in a loss to the Pelicans in New Orleans and it could lead to the 16-time NBA All-Star being shut down for the Lakers’ final 37 games of the 2014-15 regular season. The 36-year-old guard was averaging 22.3 points from 35 games this season for a struggling Lakers team that is last in the Pacific Division with a 12-33 record. Bryant had sat out eight of the Lakers’ previous 16 games for “rest” reasons. Sheff Wed League One: Chesterfield Scunthorpe League Two: Accrington Cambridge 29 Owen Farrell and centre Brad Barritt have been ruled out of next week’s Six Nations Championship opener against Wales in Cardiff, British media reported yesterday. Farrell and Barritt sustained knee injuries playing for their clubs last weekend, adding to a growing list for England coach Stuart Lancaster. Flanker Tom Wood and lock Geoff Parling are also struggling to get fit to face the Welsh on Feb. 6 along with centre Kyle Eastmond. Forwards Ben Morgan and Joe Launchbury have been ruled out of the entire Six Nations. Farrell lost his place at flyhalf to George Ford during the November internationals and his absence could mean a recall for the mercurial Danny Cipriani on the replacements’ bench. n Flyers’ Rinaldo banned NEW YORK: Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo has been slapped with an eightgame suspension for a check from behind on Pittsburgh star defenceman Kris Letang, the National Hockey League announced on Monday. Rinaldo, of Canada, was given a five-minute penalty on the play after he charged towards and then jumped in the air before hitting an unsuspecting Letang who was trying to make a play along the side boards. Rinaldo was also thrown out of the game. Letang left last week’s contest and did not return. He also sat out the Penguins’ game on Wednesday against Chicago. Racing: 23d 16h 50m 30s; 3. Team Alvimedica: 23d 17h 51m 15s; 4. MAPFRE: 23d 18h 23m 20s; 5. Team Brunel: 23d 18h 25m 10s; 6. TeamSCA:Yettofinish;7. Team Vestas Wind: Did not start Overall standings after the third leg: 1. Dongfeng Race Team, 5 points; 2. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, 6; 3. Team Brunel, 9; 4. Team Alvimedica, 12; 5. MAPFRE, 15; 6. Team SCA, 18; 7. Team Vestas Wind, 20. Pacquiao may fight Khan LAS VEGAS: Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao has a plan in place if yet another bid to fight Floyd Mayweather fails – a May 30 bout, possibly against England’s Amir Khan. Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told ESPN that a backup plan if a hoped-for May 2 blockbuster against unbeaten US star Mayweather falls through is a fight four weeks later in Las Vegas, New York, London or Abu Dhabi. “A lot of places around the world want to host a Manny Pacquiao fight,” Arum said. “He’s an international icon, and I have been approached by a number of people looking to host a Manny Pacquiao fight.” Arum also told ESPN that Khan, a former welterweight champion, is the leading candidate, although Khan would also be a top contender to fight Mayweather if Pacquiao is not his choice. Khan and Pacquiao have also been sparring partners before in training camps run by trainer Freddie Roach while working with both fighters. Arum also mentioned Russian former junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov and Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse as possible Pacquiao foes.
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