Sports News in Brief
VALENCIA, Spain - Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to leave yesterday's 2-1 win over Levante after injuring his head in a collision in the opening minutes. Levante defender David Navarro's elbow opened a gash above Ronaldo's left eye that required treatment on the sideline before returning to the pitch. Ronaldo scored Madrid's opener in the 21st minute but could not continue after half-time. Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said his star forward "lost vision in both eyes and couldn't go on."
LONDON - As usual, Roger Federer is looking to add to one of his many records. And as many expected, Novak Djokovic will be trying to stop him. The top two players in the world advanced to the championship match at the ATP finals yesterday, each looking beatable early before turning things around. Federer, a six-time champion at the season-ending event, advanced by beating US Open champion Andy Murray 7-6 6-2. The top-ranked Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro 4-6 6-3 6-2.
Rob in danger
LONDON - Wallabies second-rower Rob Simmons is in danger of missing Australia's second game of the European tour against England after being cited for a lifting tackle of France's Yannick Nyanga. The incident occurred in the 65th minute of the Wallabies' 33-6 loss to France when Simmons hit the French flanker with a late, lifting tackle shortly after replacing captain Nathan Sharpe. Nyanga spilled a bomb before Simmons picked the Frenchman up and drove him into the turf with the flanker landing heavily on his back.
Beljan's PGA win
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida - Charlie Beljan capped a wild week with an emotional first US PGA Tour victory yesterday, posting a two-stroke triumph just two days after he was hospitalised with a panic attack. Beljan carded a three-under 69 final round, countering a double-bogey and three bogeys with eight birdies for a 16-under total of 272. "What a joy," he said after the win. "This is the greatest feeling ever." Matt Every and Robert Garrigus both shot four-under 68 in the final round to share second place on 14-under 274.
WELLINGTON - The Southern Steel have added considerable height to their shooting circle for next year's trans-Tasman netball league after signing Jamaican international Jhaniele Fowler. The 23-year-old goal shoot is the tallest player in the league at 1.98m. Instead she will provide a towering presence for the Steel, who have lost veteran shooter Donna Wilkins to the Central Pulse. "The Steel presented itself and I know the Steel is a good team so I am excited to represent them," said Fowler.
BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi surpassed Pele's milestone of goals in a calendar year by scoring for the 75th and 76th time in 2012, to move within nine of Gerd Mueller's all-time record, as Barcelona won 4-2 at Mallorca yesterday. Xavi Hernandez unlocked Mallorca's defence with a free kick in the 28th minute before Messi struck in the 44th. Cristian Tello added a third goal a minute later at Iberostar stadium. After Mallorca netted twice early in the second-half to breathe life into the match, Messi stepped up to score again.