Sports News in Brief
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The family of South Africa and Stormers breakaway Schalk Burger says he's in hospital with bacterial meningitis. Fiona de Souza, a spokeswomen for the Burger family, says in a statement yesterday, that "given a successful recovery, he will remain in hospital for the next 14 days, whereafter it will be at least another six weeks before he will be fit for playing". Burger contracted the potentially serious infection after surgery on a calf muscle to reduce pressure on a nerve.
LONDON - Mark Webber will not walk away from Red Bull despite his controversial clash with team-mate Sebastian Vettel at the Malaysian Grand Prix, according to team principal Christian Horner. Defending champion Vettel deliberately disobeyed team orders by overtaking Webber in the closing stages of Sunday's race, before driving to victory and leaving the Australian fuming. Webber, 36, admitted that he had thought about "many things" over the race's closing stages, but Horner has dismissed speculation that he might be tempted to leave the team.
LONDON - Abou Diaby's injury curse struck again yesterday when the Arsenal midfielder was ruled out for up to nine months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The 26-year-old France midfielder suffered the injury in training on Wednesday and is due to undergo surgery. "Abou Diaby injured his left knee in training on Wednesday and subsequent scans have confirmed that he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament," a statement said.
NEW YORK - Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, set to fight unbeaten Floyd Mayweather in five weeks, was arrested yesterday for trying to take an unloaded gun onto an aeroplane, according to reports. A day after his 30th birthday, the southpaw was apprehended at John F. Kennedy Airport on gun possession charges while trying to catch a flight to Las Vegas, according to the New York Daily News and ESPN. Guerrero, 31-1-1 with 18 knockouts, is set to face fellow American Mayweather, 43-0 with 26 knockouts, for the undefeated star's WBC welterweight crown on May 4 at Las Vegas.
LONDON - The Olympic Games is the ultimate goal for most aspiring rowers but Alexander Scharp always felt another, stronger, lure. The 25-year-old Australian will realise his dream for the second time when he features in tomorrow's 159th Oxford-Cambridge boat race on London's River Thames. Along with countryman Alex Fleming, Scharp is aiming to help Cambridge to consecutive wins and he's relishing another chance to be part of the historic race.
LONDON - England spinner Graeme Swann has revealed he is on course to return from an elbow injury in time for this year's Ashes showdown against Australia. Swann was sidelined for England's recent drawn Test series in New Zealand after undergoing surgery in the United States earlier this month in an attempt to cure the long-standing problem. He first visited the specialist clinic in Minnesota in 2009.