Sports News in Brief
GOLD COAST - A serious knee injury to impact forward Sione Lousi soured Matt Elliott's first game in charge of the Warriors on Saturday night. Elliott's youthful Warriors outfit fell 42-24 to the more experienced Gold Coast at Pizzey Park but the former Penrith and Canberra coach finished the night more concerned by Lousi's worrying injury. The giant 23-year-old was carried off the field in the 52nd minute in pain after he came away badly from a hit-up near the Titans' line. Lousi punched the turf in disgust after failing to get back to his feet and then writhed in agony when club medics treated his right knee on the sideline to show he's no chance to start the NRL season.
SCHLADMING, Austria - Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal regained the men's world downhill title on Saturday to win his eighth world championship medal and second in Schladming after a super-G bronze. The 2007 downhill world champion and Olympic silver-medallist dominated the race with a masterful time of 2min 01.32sec. Italy's Dominik Paris was second at 0.46sec, with France's David Poisson third at 0.97sec. For the Austrian contingent, briefly buoyed by Nicole Hosp's super-combined bronze on Friday, it was another day of disappointment, after the men's and women's super-G fiascos earlier in the week.
MILAN, Italy - Retired Italian cycling star Mario Cipollini has been accused of using a sophisticated doping program designed by a sports doctor currently standing trial in Spain. At the 'Operation Puerto' trial which opened in Madrid last week, Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes faces charges of supplying and administering banned doping products to a number of top cyclists and athletes. Cipollini, a former star sprinter who was crowned world champion in 2002, is accused by Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport of being one cycling client.
Fed Cup loss
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic - Australia has lost the opening match of its Fed Cup clash against reigning champions the Czech Republic. Powerful left-hander and world No.8 Petra Kvitova overcame Australia's Jarmila Gajdosova 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 on Saturday in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava. It was the first time Gajdosova, the world No.168, has faced the 2011 Wimbledon winner and the Australian showed early strength, breaking the Czech's third service game to take the lead. But, in front of a vocal home crowd ,Kvitova wrapped up the first rubber in the weekend's best-of-five match format.
OSAKA, Japan - Canada's Kevin Reynolds landed three quadruple jumps in the free skate to capture the men's title at the Four Continents championships on Saturday for his first international victory. The 22-year-old emerged as a threat to countryman Patrick Chan who is due to defend his second consecutive title at the world championships on home ice in London, Ontario, next month. Chan shunned this event, featuring talent from non-European continents, to focus on the worlds.