WORLD BRIEFS

Club request

thrown out

RNZ – The English football club West Bromwich Albion has expressed disappointment and surprise after an application to introduce a safe-standing section at their Hawthorns ground was rejected by the British government. The Premier League club said they had written back requesting a review of the decision taken by Sports Minister Tracey Crouch.

Brengle sues

WTA, ITF

Reuters – Madison Brengle filed a lawsuit against the Women’s Tennis Association and the International Tennis Federation seeking damages for injuries she says were caused by the repeated drawing of blood for anti-doping tests. Brengle, ranked 83rd in the world, had never failed or missed a doping test in her 10 years as a professional.

Reed swaps

cap for jacket

Reuters – Patrick Reed fought off furious back-nine challenges from Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to record a one-shot victory at the US Masters on Sunday, trading in his ‘Captain America’ cap for a Green Jacket. The final round began with Reed holding a three-shot advantage over Rory McIlroy to claim his first major championship.

Tiger’s

comeback

Reuters – Years of trials and tribulations have given Tiger Woods a new character trait — humility, which could prove a valuable tool in his rousing comeback bid to return to the top of the golf world. Woods did not deliver a storybook chapter at the Masters, finishing one-over-par 289 in a tie for 32nd. The 14-times major champion accepts that he is in a process after spinal fusion surgery a year ago.

Cyclist dies

after crash

ABC – Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts has died after hitting an embankment in a horrific crash during the Paris-Roubaix race. Goolaerts’ team said the 23-year-old died in a Lille hospital where he had been taken by helicopter from the one-day classic on Sunday. He had suffered cardiac arrest.

Mechanic suffers

broken leg

ABC – A Ferrari team mechanic has been hospitalised with a broken leg after being struck by Kimi Raikkonen’s car during a botched tyre change at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Raikkonen came in for his second tyre change of the race after 36 of 57 laps and was given the green light to go despite work still continuing on the rear left tyre on Sunday.

Super-sub

scores winner

RNZ – Super-sub “King” Kenny Athiu has steered Melbourne Victory to a 2-1 victory over Wellington to help put them in a prime spot to secure an A-League home elimination final. Victory coach Kevin Muscat said his team showed heart in their display.

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