MONDAY 22 OCTOBER 2018
Kang claims Shanghai title
Marquez wins as Dovizioso crashes
No. 1 after
CJ Cup win
Hamilton takes US pole
Danielle Kang overcame flailing
nerves to fire a three-under-par
69 in the final round and claim
the inaugural LPGA Shanghai
title by two-strokes Sunday.
Kang, who started the final
day one shot off the lead, failed to
make any gains on the front nine
and dropped a shot at the par-five
But the 26-year-old recov-
ered with four birdies after the
turn to finish 13-under overall at
a breezy and overcast Qizhong
Garden Golf Club, fending off
a late charge by New Zealand’s
Lydia Ko, who carded the day’s
lowest score of 66.
Ko, who mixed seven birdies
with a lone bogey, finished tied
for second at 11-under in a group
of seven players which included
American Brittany Altomare,
Thai Ariya Jutanugarn and over-
night co-leader Kim Sei-young of
Kang, ranked 29 in the world,
added the Shanghai title to the
Women’s PGA Championship
crown she lifted last year.
She later admitted having a
“temper tantrum” after a sluggish
front nine and credited her cad-
die for a remarkable turnaround
on her way to the finish.
“After nine holes I had a tem-
per tantrum,” said Kang. “He told
me to go off to the side and we
did. Hit the bag, do whatever you
need to do to let your anger out
and start a new nine. That’s what
“I’ve been through so much
just mental struggle that it’s just
been emotionally draining all
year. I’m just finally happy and
just working on my game prop-
Spain’s Carlota Ciganda, who
held a share of the lead heading
into the final round, slipped to a
tied-ninth finish after signing for
a one-over 73.
academy, the first soccer train-
ing center for expatriate boys in
the Kingdom, which comes up
with novel events every year as
the first Under-6 football tourna-
ment, is getting ready for a Super
Soccer League for players past 40
This will be a rare opportuni-
ty for former players to showcase
their skills as well as a wonder-
ful occasion for the soccer fans
to see the famous veterans in ac-
This elevens football tourna-
ment will begin at Hilal Shyam
Stadium on Khalid Bin Waleed
Street here on Dec. 7.
The interested teams may
confirm their entries before
Nov. 15 with tournament com-
mittee convenor Zamir Kannur
(0553946698) or co-ordinator
Rafi Beemapally (0504334934).
Players who are born before 1978
December are only eligible to
take in the Super Soccer League.
Trophies and prize money
are at stake for the winner and
runner-up. There will be bumper
prizes for spectators on every
Super Soccer League will
be conducted on a league-cum
knockout basis and the final is
scheduled for Jan. 4, 2018.
MOTEGI, Japan —
Marquez stormed to a nail-biting vic-
tory in Japan Sunday to capture his
third straight MotoGP world champion-
ship as Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso
The Spanish sensation has now won
five championships in motorcycling’s
premier class, putting him level with
Australian legend Mick Doohan.
Marquez, still just 25, trails only the
Italian pair of Valentino Rossi, who won
the last of his seven championships in
2009, and Giacomo Agostini, whose re-
cord eighth came in 1975, in the all-time
“I feel really, really good,” whooped
Marquez after Dovizioso’s late spill con-
firmed his eighth victory of the season.
Marquez started from sixth on
the grid at Motegi but quickly knifed
through the field and was third by the
end of the first lap.
He flirted with disaster on lap 14,
however, after overtaking Dovizioso at
turn nine before running wide at the
next corner and spitting up dirt and dust
as he battled to control a violent wobble.
That heart-in-mouth moment al-
lowed Dovizioso to retake the lead, but
Marquez continued to swarm all over
the Italian, finally slashing past himwith
a daredevil move on lap 21 of 24.
Dovizioso, who needed to complete
a pole to flag victory to keep alive his
fading championship hopes, crashed out
on the penultimate lap in a desperate
last push, ending this year’s title race.
Fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow
finished runner-up after Dovizioso’s fall
with Alex Rins (Suzuki) edging out Ros-
si (Yamaha) to round out the podium.
Marquez has now won seven world
titles in total after also winning the
125cc championship in 2010 and the
Moto2 crown in 2012.
Meanwhile, three-time world cham-
pion Jorge Lorenzo will miss next week-
end’s Australian race after sitting out
the Japanese round with injury.
Ducati said the Spaniard, who frac-
tured his wrist at the previous race in
Thailand, will aim to return at the pen-
ultimate weekend in Malaysia at the
start of November.
Lorenzo paid tribute to Marquez,
who he will join at Honda next year.
“Sometimes we don’t agree on the
way to compete,” he tweeted. “But I rec-
ognise talent and excellence and there’s
no doubt about (his). Congratulations,
you’ve been the best again.”
Brooks Koepka will
become world No. 1 for the first
time Monday after the American
fended off a game Gary Wood-
land to earn a four-stroke vic-
tory at the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup in
Koepka posted a final round
of 64 at the Nine Bridges Golf
Club on Jeju island on Sunday,
finishing with a flourish by ea-
gling the last hole for a combined
21-under 267 at the $9.5 million
The 28-year-old, who won
two of this year’s four majors and
was named the US tour’s Player
of the Year, will move up from
third spot to replace Dustin John-
son as No. 1 when the latest rank-
ings are released.
Johnson and world No. 2 Jus-
tin Rose were not playing this
Koepka said his rise to be-
come the top ranked player in
men’s golf was the stuff dreams
are made of.
“I look at where I started, my
first pro start was in Switzerland
and I don’t think I could have
said six years later that I would
be number one in the world,” he
“The world number one is
something I dreamed of as a kid
and I don’t think this one’s going
to sink in.”
Woodland (63) gave Koepka
a run for his money, closing the
gap with six birdies on the front
nine, but his charge faltered with
a bogey on 17 and he finished
alone in second on 17-under.
Ryan Palmer looked well out
of contention heading into the
final round but a course record
10-under 62, which included sev-
en straight birdies to finish, gave
him the clubhouse lead on 15-un-
der before Woodland and Koepka
Palmer finished tied for third
with Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello
Koepka, whose win came on
his first start of the new PGA
Tour season after he skipped
the opening two events, showed
both sides of his game on Sun-
day, hammering out thunderous
drives and exhibiting deft touch
around the greens.
With Woodland trailing
by just a shot, Koepka looked
to be struggling to make par
on 16 when he found himself
in tangly rough from off the
However, he produced a de-
lightful chip that disappeared
straight into the cup, and when
Woodland dropped a shot at the
par-three 17th Koepka was virtu-
ally home and dry.
The victory and number one
ranking has come at just the right
time for Koepka, who was part
of the U.S. team beaten handily
by Europe at the Ryder Cup last
Koepka was also left ‘heart-
broken’ after learning that one
of his tee shots at the event in
Paris had struck a spectator and
reportedly left her blinded in one
Garcia closes on
Home favorite Sergio Gar-
cia fired a magnificent seven-
under-par 64 to seize a four-
shot lead heading into the third
and final round of the weather-
hit Valderrama Masters Satur-
The tournament host had
not hit a shot since Thursday
after thunderstorms forced the
event to be cut to 54 holes, but
he carded the lowest score of the
week to close on a third straight
Garcia was four strokes clear
of England’s Ashley Chesters in
Garcia’s fellow Spaniards Al-
varo Quiros and Gonzalo Fernan-
dez-Castano sit in a tie for third
with Scotland’s Marc Warren on
AUSTIN, Texas —
ilton took a big step toward
clinching his fifth Formula One
title after putting his Mercedes
on pole position at the US Grand
Prix Saturday with Ferrari rival
Sebastian Vettel starting fifth.
The Briton, who will be only
the third driver to win at least
five titles if he scores eight points
more than Vettel on Sunday, will
share the front row with the Ger-
man’s Finnish team mate Kimi
Vettel qualified second, and
just 0.061 slower than Hamilton,
but has a three-place grid drop
after failing to slow sufficiently
while red flags were being waved
in Friday practice.
The pole was a record-ex-
tending 81st for Hamilton, his
third in a row in Austin and ninth
of the season and he did it with
a time of one minute 32.237 sec-
onds — a track record.
“That was very important,
that was close,” said the Briton as
he waved at the throng of fans on
an overcast and gusty afternoon
at the Circuit of the Americas
with rainclouds gathering.
Ferrari had looked the faster
team in the second phase of qual-
ifying, with Raikkonen top of the
timesheets and Vettel second.
Vettel will have his work cut
out Sunday at a racetrack where
Hamilton has won five times in
the last six years. The Mercedes
driver is also on a roll, with six
wins in the last seven rounds.
Another win Sunday would be
Hamilton’s fifth in a row, and Vet-
tel —also a four times world cham-
pion—would have to finish second
to keep the championship alive to
Mexico the following weekend.
Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri
Bottas will share the second row
with Red Bull’s Australian Dan-
iel Ricciardo and neither will be
easy for Vettel to get past.
Ricciardo’s teammate Max
Verstappen would also have
hoped to be in the mix but the
young Dutch driver will start 13th
after suffering suspension dam-
age in the first phase of qualify-
Force India’s Esteban Ocon
will start sixth, with Renault’s
Nico Hulkenberg seventh and
Romain Grosjean in eighth place
for Haas, Formula One’s only US
Vettel’s future Ferrari team
mate Charles Leclerc will line up
ninth for Sauber while Force In-
dia’s Mexican Sergio Perez, who
has plenty of local support, quali-
Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez re-
tained his International Boxing
Federation bantamweight world
title Saturday with a 12-round
split decision over previously
undefeated Australian Jason Mo-
loney in Orlando.
Two judges scored the bout
115-113 for Rodriguez, who im-
proved to 19-0 with 12 knockouts.
A third judge gave it to Moloney
by the same score, but the Aussie
fell to 17-1 with 14 knockouts.
The bout was part of the ban-
tamweight World Boxing Super
Series, with the victory sending
Rodriguez into a clash with Ja-
pan’s Naoya Inoue. on Saturday,
Demetrius Andrade won the va-
cant World Boxing Organization
middleweight crown with a pun-
ishing 12-round unanimous deci-
sion over Walter Kautondokwa
of Namibia in Boston.
Kautondokwa was a late re-
placement for British southpaw
Billy Joe Saunders, who tested
positive for a banned stimulant
The WBO said Saunders vol-
untarily vacated the title after
the Massachusetts State Athletic
Commission declined to give him
a license at an October hearing.
Andrade knocked down
Kautondokwa four times in the
first four rounds en route to the
victory, improving to 26-0 with 16
Two judges scored the fight
120-104 for Andrade while the
third saw it 119-105.
Kautondokwa fell to 17-1 with
On the same card, Tevin
Farmer retained his IBF super-
featherweight world title with a
spectacular fifth-round technical
knockout of Northern Ireland’s
Southpaw Farmer dominated
early, dropping Tennyson with a
left to the body in the fourth.
One round later Farmer con-
nected with a series of brutal
body shots to put Tennyson down
again and the fight was waved off.
Farmer improved to 27-4 with
one drawn and six knockouts and
immediately reiterated his call
for shot at unbeaten World Box-
ing Association title holder Ger-
vonta Davis, who boasts a record
of 20-0 with 19 knockouts.
Tennyson, in his first world
title tilt, fell to 22-3 with 18 wins
inside the distance.
In Las Vegas, US middle-
weight Rob Brant dethroned
WBA “regular” world champion
Ryota Murata of Japan with a lop-
sided unanimous decision.
Two judges gave the fight to
Brant by a score of 119-109 while
the third saw it 118-110 for the
American, who improved to 24-1
with 16 knockouts as he seized the
title held by Murata — which is
one rung lower theWBA’s “super”
world middleweight title held by
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico.
Murata fell to 14-2 with 11
wins inside the distance.
Danielle Kang of the US celebrates after winning the LPGA Shanghai
Repsol Honda Team Spanish rider Marc Marquez celebrates on the podium of the MotoGP Japanese
Grand Prix at Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi Sunday.
Brooks Koepka with CJ Cup
Pole position winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP
celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the US Formula One Grand
Prix in Austin Saturday.