Sports News in Brief
PERTH - The West Coast Fever won their first game of the trans-Tasman netball competition, hitting a record score in the 80-53 rout of the Northern Mystics at Challenge Stadium yesterday. Both teams came into the clash after opening round losses, but it was the Mystics's 14-goal home loss to the Melbourne Vixens which carried right over into their trip to Perth. While the Fever's attack end was outstanding, it was their defence that was even more impressive with Eboni Beckford-Chambers and Josie Janz putting the clamps on Silver Ferns attackers Cathrine Latu (14 goals) and Maria Tutaia (34). The 80-goal tally was the Fever's highest score in the competition, breaking the 67 scored against the Queensland Firebirds in 2010.
Vixens log win
MELBOURNE - The Melbourne Vixens continued their impressive start to the trans-Tasman netball championship season with a another comprehensive win over a highly fancied opponent. In their first home game of the year yesterday the Vixens ran out 58-44 winners over the Adelaide Thunderbirds at Hisense Arena. Unlike the Vixens of 2012, who were involved in a series of heart-stopping matches and were forced to scrap their way to the grand final, this year's outfit appear more willing to put together a complete performance and have punished the Northern Mystics and now the Thunderbirds.
Kobe in top 4
SACRAMENTO - Kobe Bryant passed Wilt Chamberlain for fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring list on Saturday to help the Los Angeles Lakers to a much-needed 103-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Bryant's jump shot with 7:54 to play in the first half gave him 31,421 career points, taking him past Chamberlain's total of 31,419. Bryant, who went into the game trailing Chamberlain by four points, is behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928) and Michael Jordan (32,292).
Serie A lead
MILAN, Italy - Juventus beat bitter rival Inter Milan 2-1 in an entertaining match at San Siro to provisionally extend its Serie A lead to 12 points. It took Juventus less than three minutes to take the lead with a stunning strike from Fabio Quagliarella. Rodrigo Palacio levelled in the 55th but Juventus was back in front five minutes later when Alessandro Matri fired in from close range. Inter's Esteban Cambiasso was sent off for a brutal tackle as the final whistle sounded. Juventus is now 12 points ahead of Napoli, which faces Torino later.
LONDON - Cardiff's bid for promotion to the Premier League suffered a setback on Saturday as Grant McCann's penalty double gave Peterborough a 2-1 win over the Championship leaders. Malky Mackay's side have won just once in their last five league matches and their lead at the top will be trimmed to four points if second placed Hull win at Huddersfield in the day's late game. Aron Gunnarsson put Cardiff in front after 23 minutes at London Road. But Peterborough substitute McCann equalised from the spot on 72 minutes after Mark Little was fouled by Don Cowie in the box. McCann netted his second penalty seven minutes later to lift Darren Ferguson's team out of the relegation zone