Irons takes the win as
Slater, Burrow loom
[BB] HOSSEGOR, France – Andy Irons won his fourth event of the year to firm as favourite for the world surfing title while Australia’s Taj Burrow stayed in contention on the final day of the Quiksilver Pro France. In excellent 2m waves Irons easily downed unheralded Australian Phil MacDonald in the final – 18.06 to 13.73 – to extend his lead atop the ratings.
But his two nearest rivals – six time world champion Kelly Slater and current No.3 Burrow – are still in contention with third placings yesterday and four events still remaining on the World Championship Tour.
Irons ousted Burrow in the first semi by just over a point, while Slater also picked up a third placing, losing to MacDonald in the closing minutes by just 0.13 of a point.
Belgian duo clash for
world No. 1 ranking
FILDERSTADT, Germany – Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin- Hardenne will battle not only for the Filderstadt Grand Prix title but also for the world No.1 ranking after both earned semi-final victories yesterday.
Defending champion and world No.1 Clijsters overcame stiff resistance before breezing past unseeded Mary Pierce of France 7-6 6-0.
She will face second seed Henin- Hardenne after her fellow Belgian beat unseeded Russian Elena Bovina 6-2 6-4.
Henin-Hardenne, who beat Clijsters in both the French and US Open finals, will take over from her compatriot as the world No.1 if she wins the final. Clijsters will remain at No.1 if she retains her title.
Federer faces Moya
in Spanish final
VIENNA – Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will meet Carlos Moya in the final of the CA Trophy tennis tournament after the Spanish second seed overcame Britain’s Tim Henman 7-6 7-5 yesterday.
Top seed Federer sidestepped Max Mirnyi 6-2 7-6 in the day’s first semi-final to leave himself just one match away from his sixth title of the year and second in a row in Vienna.
Moya, who has been beaten by Federer in both their previous encounters, is looking to boost his chances of qualifying for next month’s prestigious Masters Cup in Houston.
The Swiss, who is the most prolific winner on the ATP Tour this year with 66 match wins, charged through the first set and surrendered just one point on his serve to Mirnyi.
Baseball rivalry takes
toll on Yankee coach
BOSTON – The emotionally charged baseball rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox has taken a heavy toll on someone who has been on both sides of the feud.
A benches-clearing incident in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game Three of baseball’s American League Championship Series resulted in Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer being taken to a hospital.
Zimmer was involved in the wild melee, which had its roots in the top of the fourth.
Boston ace Pedro Martinez, struggling on the mound, hit Karim Garcia in the head with a pitch.
Making gestures toward the New York dugout and sparking the already frenzied Fenway Park crowd, Martinez drew the ire of Yankees starter Roger Clemens and catcher Jorge Posada.
Even though both teams were warned, there were no ejections.
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