Sports News in Brief
WELLINGTON - Hard-hitting Hurricanes hooker Motu Matuu has signed on with the Super Rugby franchise for another season.
Matuu featured with some bone-crunching tackles in Saturdays 66-24 annihilation of the Melbourne Rebels in Wellington, centre Lachlan Mitchell (concussion and neck) and wing Mark Gerrard (chest) both needing hospital treatment.
Spurs up 1-0
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Manu Ginobili scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs turned it on in the fourth quarter to beat Oklahoma City 101-98 yesterday in the first game of the NBA Western Conference finals. The Spurs stretched their winning streak to 19 and moved one game closer to booking their berth in the NBA Finals. The winner of this best-of-seven series will face the Miami Heat or Boston Celtics for the NBA title.
Former champ dies
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Five-time world boxing champion Johnny Tapia has been found dead by a family member at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 45-year-old Tapia won five championships in three weight classes, winning the WBA bantamweight title, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight titles and the IBF featherweight belt.
FORT WORTH, Texas - Zach Johnson fired a two-over-par 72 that included a two-shot penalty at the final hole yesterday to win the Colonial golf invitational, denying Jason Dufner a third US PGA victory this season. On a day of dramatic swings in the duel between Johnson and Dufner, Johnson appeared to be home after Dufners triple-bogey seven at the par-four 15th.
WENTWORTH, England - Luke Donald looked back with pride after successfully defending his PGA Championship title at Wentworth, England and returning to the top of the world rankings. A year after becoming No.1 for the first time at the same event Donald was back at the head of the list for the fourth time in his career.
The Englishman carded a four-round total of 273, 15-under par and won by four shots from Scotlands Paul Lawrie and Justin Rose from England.
NOTTINGHAM, England - West Indies latest top-order collapse left England on the brink of a series-clinching victory in the second Test at Trent Bridge early yesterday (Fiji time). The tourists had slumped to 6-61 in their second innings at stumps on the third day.
That gave them a lead of just three runs after England had made a first innings 428 featuring captain Andrew Strausss second hundred in as many Tests. Marlon Samuels (13 not out) and West Indies captain Darren Sammy (nought not out), who both made hundreds in the first innings, were together at the close.
HENGELO, Netherlands - Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie failed to qualify for the London Olympics in the Netherlands as he could only finish seventh in the 10,000 metres. The 39-year-old two-time Olympic 10,000m champion - who had already failed to post a qualifying time for the marathon - admitted his hopes had been dashed after his disappointing performance against 12 of his compatriots.
Ethiopia were using this as a qualifier for the Olympics.
Wigan on top
LONDON - Former Newcastle Knight George Carmont was on the scoresheet as Wigan returned to the top of the Super League with a 42-16 win in a bad tempered affair against local rivals St Helens on Sunday.
The final game of 'Magic Weekend' at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester saw the Warriors run riot to lead by 30-6 at the break.
SYDNEY - NSW prop James Tamou remains in contention to play State of Origin II after the North Queensland enforcer escaped a charge from the NRL match review committee. While Manly centre Steve Matai is facing a possible three-game ban for a high tackle on Penrith's Danny Galea, Tamou has no case to answer for his late tackle on Wests Tigers ace Benji Marshall. Tamou collected Marshall well after the Tigers halfback had put in a clearing kick in Sunday's NRL clash at Campbelltown Stadium - the Kiwi skipper lashing out in retaliation.