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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Runner retires

HONG KONG - A 101-year-old Sikh believed to be the world's oldest distance runner retired on Sunday after ending his last race in Hong Kong on a high. Fauja Singh, nicknamed the "Turbaned Tornado", finished the 10-kilometre run at the Hong Kong Marathon in one hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds - half a minute faster than at the same event last year. "Today is one of my happiest days," the Indian-born British national, who only speaks Punjabi, said through his interpreter after he crossed the finishing line with a broad smile and waving the Hong Kong flag.


MEMPHIS, Tennessee - A devastated Marinko Matosevic on Sunday was forced to retire injured in his semi-final against Japan's Kei Nishikori at the US Indoor Tennis Championships in Tennessee. The Australian had to pull out with a bone bruise in his right foot after losing the first set 6-4. Fifth-seeded Nishikori was surprised when his Matosevic told him he couldn't go on. "He was playing really well from the beginning and he broke my serve in the beginning 2-love," Nishikori said.

Barba out

SYDNEY - Canterbury have suspended superstar Ben Barba indefinitely over behavioural issues, just two days before he was due to officially launch the NRL season. Coming off a breakthrough 2012 campaign in which he romped away with the Dally M medal as the Bulldogs charged into the grand final, Barba had been earmarked to be the unofficial face of the game. But he won't play any part in Wednesday's launch, his immediate playing future in limbo as Barba deals with "personal issues that I face day to day". It has been reported that Barba recently separated from his partner Ainslie Currie, with whom he has two children.

Johnson wins

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500 on Sunday with pole sitter Danica Patrick's bid to become the first woman to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race ending in an eighth-placed finish. Johnson held off a last-lap charge from Dale Earnhardt jnr at Daytona International Speedway to win "The Great American Race" for the second time. Mark Martin was third. Patrick, already the first woman to earn pole position for a race in NASCAR's elite series, grabbed another slice of racing history when she became the first woman to lead a lap of the Daytona 500.

WGC champ

TUCSON, Arizona - American Matt Kuchar won the World Golf Championships (WGC) Match Play event on Sunday with a 2 and 1 win over defending champion and countryman Hunter Mahan. Kuchar took down Australian Jason Day 4 and 3 in the morning semi-final before backing it up with an impressive win over Mahan in the championship final.

First world title

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - France's Alexis Pinturault claimed his first giant slalom win on the World Cup circuit on Sunday, as Austrian Marcel Hirscher consolidated his lead atop the overall standings. Having been second after the morning's first run at Garmisch, Pinturault's combined winning time of 2min 32.42sec over the two runs gave him the win by 0.60sec ahead of Hirscher, who won giant slalom silver at the recent world championships.

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