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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cycling gold

MINSK - Australia's Michael Hepburn retained his pursuit title at the world track cycling championships yesterday with Ireland's Martyn Irvine claiming silver. It was 21-year-old Hepburn's second gold medal of the championships, coming a day after helping Australia win the team pursuit title. Teammate Alexander Morgan, 18, just missed the bronze medal, losing to 19-year-old Swiss rider Stefan Kueng.

Fixing suspect

SINGAPORE - A key suspect in an alleged international football match-fixing ring is "assisting" investigations in Singapore after the head of Interpol called for his arrest. Singapore police said yesterday Tan Seet Eng or Dan Tan, who has been named in several investigations but denies wrongdoing, "is currently assisting Singapore authorities in their investigations". The statement comes after an alleged associate of Tan's was arrested in Milan on Thursday as he arrived from Singapore, following a tip-off by the city-state's police force.

Stosur out

DUBAI - Australian Samantha Stosur lost to doubles specialist Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-2 6-4 yesterday in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships. Stosur's loss follows a quarter-final exit in Doha last week as well as disappointing second round defeat at the Australian Open. The 2011 US Open champion made 28 unforced errors and was broken twice in each set. Her first serve percentage was only 58 in the second set and she faced eight break points. "Way too many errors," Stosur said.

Golf lead tie

YANGON - Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat bolstered his hopes of erasing last year's play-off defeat at the Myanmar Open yesterday when he tied for the opening-round lead with compatriot Chapchai Nirat. The pair, who finished on eight-under-par 64, are one shot ahead of countryman Prom Meesawat, who is seeking a long-awaited second Asian Tour victory, and Joonas Granberg of Finland. Another Thai, Thanyakon Khrongpha, shared fifth place with Australia's Darren Beck and South Koreans Hwang In-choon and Young Nam on 66 at the $300,000 event, the curtain-raiser for the 10th Asian Tour season.

Cup final

LONDON - Swansea City coach Michael Laudrup says his side should have no concerns about being branded favourites ahead of their meeting with fourth-tier Bradford City in tomorrow's English League Cup final. Swansea will be appearing in their first major cup final, but their achievement pales in comparison to that of Bradford, who have eliminated three Premier League sides en route to Wembley Stadium. League Two Bradford are the first team from the English fourth division to reach the League Cup final since Rochdale in 1962.

Best time

BARCELONA - Former two-time world champion Fernando Alonso clocked the best time on the third day of pre-season Formula One testing at the Catalunya circuit yesterday. The Spaniard had sat out the first four-day session in Jerez earlier in February but he continued to demonstrate he had lost none of his sharpness over the winter by taking his Ferrari to a best time of 1min 21.875sec off a total of 97 laps.

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