ARAB TIMES, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Women’s team proving a serious challenge
Demanding conditions for Sailing Arabia yachts
ABU DHABI, Feb 17: The second and that the entire fleet arrived safely in Abu 12 hours of racing, but as night fell and Raya al Habsi, one of four Omani Renaissance in fourth place. sailed a good race with his Arabian crew
longest leg of Sailing Arabia - the Tour Dhabi in darkness after 36 hours at sea and the breeze freshened from eight to 14 women competing with Al Thuraya The Omani skipper Ahmed Al Mamari to come home seventh ahead of Team
yacht race was as mentally exhausting as there are some very tired sailors,” he said. knots, Courrier Dunkerque continued to BankMuscat, explained: on Team Renaissance, commented on his Muscat 2012 skippered by Omani
it was physically demanding for crews in It was the French-skippered yachts that stretch their lead, eventually winning the “It was a long race and very tough but crews performance. “It was a tough leg Mohsin Al Busaldi.
the nine-strong race fleet, who arrived at proved their experience in the Farr 30 leg by 42 minutes over Team BAE we are very happy with the result. It was and all the team did a great job. We are The UAE-flagged entry Team Ras Al
the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club class and led the fleet out from the start. Systems with Team Commercialbank 18 so cold last night (Thursday 16) but in the pretty tired after that but we are feeling Khaimah skippered by John Curran and
during the early hours of Friday morning First leg winner Daniel Souben’s French minutes further back for third. early morning as the sun came up, we had great. We were fighting right to the finish largely crewed by first-time sailors
(Feb 17). crew onboard Courrier Dunkerque Despite being over the line during the dolphins swimming alongside us and it line for the third place. We are now look- rounded out the placings in ninth, finish-
Unlike the relatively easy first downhill arrived at the first of three ‘gates’ in pole start and having to go back, the all was perfect”, she said. ing to the next leg, and are aiming for at ing at 3,28.25 am, less than two minutes
run from Manama, Bahrain to Doha Qatar, position, ahead of countrymen Cedric “ We had good wind and we were real- least a top five finish again.” before the 3.30am time limit.
the second and longest leg of the tour to Pouligny’s all Omani team on Team BAE SAILING ly excited when we started catching up to Despite having won the first two legs Curran commented after the race that
Abu Dhabi was a test of stamina and Systems (Oman) and Bertrand Pace on the other teams. It was so close but we of SATT, Courrier Dunkerque’s position to finish a 36-hour race within four hours
resilience in what race director Jean-Michel Team Commercialbank (Qatar) — the had some problems with one of our sails at the top of the leaderboard is far from of second place was a great result and tes-
Gaudon described as a very tough race. three skippers that were ultimately to women team representing Oman, Al in the very leg stretch to the finish so secure. With five more legs to complete, tament to the determination of his crew
“Conditions were difficult with light to claim the podium positions in leg two Thuraya BankMuscat, fought hard to Team Commercialbank just beat us!” the competition between the fleet is who put in a worthy performance.
moderate headwinds for the entire 160- respectively. regain control, and by the mid-afternoon Less than three minutes separated expected to get even tougher, as the “When we consider the crew came
mile leg and navigating around oil rigs, Sailed in mostly light northerly winds, on day two they were in a tense battle for boats three to five on the finish line, with teams representing the GCC countries together less than a week before the race
restricted no-sail zones and dense ship- which the fleet encountered head first third place, with Team Commercialbank Team Commercialbank eventually just challenge for a place on the podium. and half hadn’t sailed before it’s an
ping was tricky and complicated. through most of the leg, little separated and Team Renaissance - often with just taking third place from the women, who Team Bahrain first-time skipper, encouraging result given it was a very
“It is a credit to the skippers and crews the first to last placed boats over the first boats lengths between them. finished just 47 seconds ahead of Team Bahraini national Qassim Abdul Razaq tough and long race.”
into Qatar semis
Berdych, Del Potro win in Rotterdam
DOHA, Feb 17,
(AFP): World num-
ber one Victoria
Azarenka won her
match of the season
to make the semifi-
nals of the WTA
Qatar Open on
Friday, a year after
she almost quit the
The Belarusian star
Wickmayer of Belgium 6-
0, 6-4 to stay on course for
a third title this year, after
victories at Sydney and the
Close encounters by the teams in the leg 2 of the Sailing Arabia — The Tour Australian Open.
Stosur also advanced with a
‘Game could combat this dark art on 3 fronts’ 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 win over
Niculescu, while France’s
And the Oscar goes to ... Soccer cheats! Marion Bartoli defeated
Lucie Safarova of the Czech
Republic 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.
Azarenka lost in the first
round to Daniela Hantuchova Marion Bartoli of France returns to Lucie Safarova of
PARIS, Feb 17, (AP): Clearly, the Madrid’s Pepe went for a loose ball gamesmanship backfired. Minutes in Doha last year, and after Czech republic during their WTA Qatar Open quarter-final
Oscar will go to the wrong guy. with raised legs. Like the Zapruder away from qualifying for the semifi-
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, best film of US president John F. nals, Brazil pulled all the old tricks Best of the Rest another lacklustre show in
Dubai, where she was beaten
tennis match in Doha on Feb 17. (AFP)
actor? Pah! What about Dani Alves Kennedy’s assassination, the slow- to preserve its 2-1 lead over the by Flavio Pennetta, she had
or Bryan Carrasco? mo was scrutinized across the foot- United States, including wasting become so demoralised that
If those names don’t sound famil-
iar then, like Hollywood’s academy,
ball world for clues: Did Pepe actu-
ally touch Alves?
time. With a dramatic roll for added
effect, Brazil’s defender laid down Carter dies at 57: Gary Carter,
she even considered quitting
the sport for good. Greipel wins stage
you’ve not been paying attention. Real Madrid’s almost frame-by- in front of her own goal, clutching the hard-hitting Major League Azarenka was in imperious
You don’t need to sit in a dark room
with popcorn to see great acting. It
http://tinyurl.com/6hqa7rd - con-
- her back. Precious seconds passed
as medics arrived with a gurney to
Baseball catcher who helped the
New York Mets make an amazing
rally to beat Boston in the 1986
form in the first set on Friday
but stuttered slightly in the
second when she was broken
4 at Tour of Oman
is showing now at football stadiums vincingly suggested not only that cart her away. Then, behold! A WADI AL KABIR, Oman, Feb 17, (AFP): Germany’s
World Series, died on Thursday of for the second time in the
around the world. Players who pre- Pepe was innocent but that Alves miraculous recovery! She sprinted brain cancer. He was 57. Andre Greipel of the Lotto team won the fourth stage of
tend an opponent attacked them, wasn’t the only Barcelona player back on, to boos and whistles from eighth game by Wickmayer
Carter, who was inducted into the the Tour of Oman on Friday to consolidate his overall
who suddenly drop dead only to who hammed it that night. the crowd. Referee Jacqui Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, sin- lead of the race.
make Lazarus-like recoveries Referee Wolfgang Stark sent Pepe Melksham wasn’t duped. She gled in the 10th inning in game six TENNIS Greipel, who also won the race’s first stage on
moments later, who writhe like a tub off. Messi then scored twice. And showed Erika a yellow card and of the 1986 World Series to start a Tuesday, beat home Slovakian Peter Sagan and
of eels in faked agony on the pitch, that, pretty much, sealed added three additional minutes to comeback that saw the Mets take Frenchman Tony Gallopin in a sprint at the end of the
game six and then win game seven to level the scores at 4-4.
these are the thespians who give Barcelona’s the clock, just enough for Abby But Wickmayer could not 142.5km ride from Bidbid Naf’a to Al Wadi al Kabir.
football a bad name. place in the Wambach to head in the equalizing to capture the crown. Saturday’s fifth stage is a 158km run from the Muscat
An 11-time All-Star in his play- hold her serve in the next
The aim, of course, is to con ref- final, which it goal that sent the game to a penalty game, hammering the ball Opera House to Jabal Al Akhdar, featuring a climb up to
ing days, Carter had been taking the top of the ‘Green Mountain.’
erees, to swing a game by getting won, too. This shootout, won by the United States. radiation treatments and chemother- into the net and then sending a
opponents cautioned or sent off or ticked all the If Erika hadn’t stalled, would backhand wide to concede Results/Standings
apy to combat the cancer but new
by winning undeserved penalties boxes of stand- Wambach have had time to rescue tumors were discovered last month. what proved to be the decisive 1. Andre Greipel (GER) 3hr 37min 02sec, 2. Peter
and free kicks. Cheating, pure and out football act- US hopes? Carter played 19 seasons for four break for Azarenka. The top Sagan (SVQ) same time, 3. Tony Gallopin (FRA) st, 4.
simple, and a blight on the sport. ing: It must be ■ Peter Wisgerhof, Johan Cruyff major league clubs, spending 12 seed then closed out the Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) st, 5. Christopher Sutton (AUS)
Not all pros stoop so low. Lionel deceptive and Shield, July 30. Not deceptive, not years with the Montreal Expos, match by winning the final st, 6. Martin Kohler (SUI) st, 7. Paolo De Negri (ITA)
including his first 11 Major League game without conceding a st, 8. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) st, 9. Ramunas
Messi is their standard-bearer. effective and, if effective, but Monty Pythonesque. Navardauskas (LIT) st, 10. Baden Cooke (AUS) st
Because of his speed and skill, possible, be per- In this match between the Dutch Baseball seasons and his last, in point.
1992. Earlier, Australian third Selected
Barcelona’s little forward attracts formed on the Alves Cup winners and Dutch league After leaving Montreal, Carter 11. Tom Boonen (BEL) st
more than his share of nasty tackles. biggest stage. champions, the captain of FC seed Stosur overcame a spir-
played for the Mets for five seasons, ited fightback by Niculescu 17. Fabian Cancellara (SUI) st
But rarely does the Argentine make ■ Gervasio Nunez, Europa League Twente looked like a mountain goat starting in 1985, then played one 35. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP) st
a song and dance of them. group stage, Oct 20. Pushed on the skipping over a rock or a frog on to advance to her first semifi-
season each for the San Francisco 49. Andy Schleck (LUX) at 11
Not all football actors act well. shoulder by Fulham’s Mousa takeoff as he jumped into the air and Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers nal of the year.
Stosur, the reigning US Overall standings
Type “Hamit Altintop worst dive Dembele, the Argentine midfielder rolled onto the ground after a tickle before finishing his career where it 1. Andre Greipel (GER) 13hr 36min 33sec, 2. Peter
began in Canada. Open champion, won in a lit-
ever” into YouTube. Not only did for Polish side Wisla Krakow pre- of a tackle from Ajax defender tle short of two hours after Sagan (SVQ) at 6sec, 3. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) 18, 4.
the Turkey midfielder’s “Help! I’ve tended he had been thumped in the Daley Blind. To his credit, Carter was a career .262 batter Tony Gallopin (FRA) 18, 5. Baden Cooke (AUS) 19, 6.
who smacked 324 home runs and totally losing her momentum
lost all control of my legs!” plunge face and collapsed. Referee Martin Wisgerhof later laughed at himself. in the second set and surviv- Tom Jelte Slagter (NED) 21, 7. Christopher Sutton
batted in 1,225 runs. (AFP) (AUS) 22, 8. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) 25, 9. Ramunas
Hansson bought it, Dembele “The worst dive of the match was ing a tough spell in the third
trudged off, Wisla turned its one- definitely mine,” Dutch websites ❑ ❑ ❑ Navardauskas (LTU) 25, 10. Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
SOCCER man advantage into a 1-0 win. “Of quoted him as saying. “I felt some- Russian teen dies: A teenage
when Niculescu took three
games in a row to level at 3-
course, we will never complain after thing, but fell much later. Why did- Russian ice hockey player has died 3.
in Croatia’s penalty box on Nov 11 a red card,” said Fulham manager n’t I get a yellow card? I quickly after falling into a coma during a Niculescu had a wonderful
fail to fool referee Felix Brych, but Martin Jol before going on to com- told the ref I’m a defender and don’t match in Penza, south-west Russia, opportunity to break Stosur in the afternoon at the Ahoy sta- ry in Memphis.
last Saturday, the regional sport the seventh game when she dium, after breaking the French top seed Gael
the slow motion replays made plain. “It was a push on the shoul- even know how to fall.” authority announced on Friday.
Altintop look silly for attempting der, after being kicked,” he said. But the Oscar goes to ... was leading 30-0, but sent an Italian three times. Monfils withdrew with a
According to media reports, 16- Berdych took a 3-2 lead in right knee injury and was
such a stunt. “You shouldn’t raise your hand. He ■ Carrasco, South American Under- year-old forward Maksim Koposov easy volley long after a
their head-to-head series, hav- replaced by US lucky loser
Football could combat this dark (Dembele) pushed him on the shoul- 20 Championship, Feb 12. This lost consciousness and collapsed lengthy rally to give the
Australian the opening she ing last played Seppi in 2008. Blake Strode, who was elimi-
art on three fronts. Referees should der and you shouldn’t do that. The cheeky Chilean is our runaway win- after being hit by a puck towards the Berdych will on Saturday face nated by Bulgarian Dimitar
yellow card ham-actors more fre- referee gave us a red card, but we ner. Such ingenuity! The midfielder end of a match between his side, was looking for. Bartoli
ended Safarova’s giant- off against third seed and tourna- Kutrovsky 7-5, 6-3.
quently (Altintop’s dramatics went felt hard done by.” plumbed new depths by grabbing an Olympia, and local outfit Dizel
Penza. killing run, but not before ment debutant Juan Martin Del South African sixth seed
unpunished); football bosses must ■ Erika, Women’s World Cup quar- opponent’s arm and whacking him- Potro, who hammered Serb sev- Kevin Anderson dispatched
“The doctors fought for conceding the second set, and
become intolerant of such cheating; terfinal, July 10. More worthy of a self in the face with it, and then col- Maksim’s life for almost a week... gave credit to her fitness. enth seed Viktor Troicki, 6-0, 6-1 Australian Matthew Ebden 6-
and flagrant offenders should be Razzie than an Oscar, because this lapsing. but he wasn’t able to come out of In Rotterdam, Tomas in just over an hour. 1, 6-2 to book a quarter-final
pointed out and shamed into chang- the coma and today, his heart Berdych took his indoor Del Potro won the first date against defending cham-
ing their ways. stopped beating,” read a statement record to an unblemished 8-0 eight games and allowed his pion and third seed Milos
Or be forced to get their actor’s published on the website of the this season as the Czech over- opponent just one before get- Raonic of Canada.
card. regional authority. powered Italy’s Andreas ting on with the runaway vic- In Sao Paulo, Nicolas
Working on the principle that In 2008, another Russian for- Seppi 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to tory. Almagro of Spain extended
Academy Award organizers cast ward, 19-year-old Alexei reach the semifinals of the He had won his last two the defense of his Brazil
their net too narrowly by looking Cherepanov, died after suffering a ATP meetings with Berdych, both Open title to the quarterfinals
heart attack during a match in played in 2009. by defeating Victor Hanescu
only at film actors, we assembled a Chekhov, near Moscow. (AFP) Rotterdam
jury of crack Associated Press Open. In San Jose, California, of Romania 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3.
❑ ❑ ❑ But the Belgian Steve Darcis upset Almagro, the top seed, did-
sports reporters to select our own Czech fourth seed Radek n’t allow a single break point
Oscar winner from football. Feel Greece to suspend games: second-seed-
The Greek football league will be ed perfec- Stepanek 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2) to to Hanescu in his victory at
free to email the address below if reach the quarter-finals of the the Ibirapuera sporting com-
you don’t like our choice or have suspended for one week at the end tionist was
of the month in protest at a new slightly $531,000 ATP San Jose Open. plex. He had 12 aces and only
your own winner. sporting law that has also drawn Darcis, ranked 72nd in the one double fault in the sec-
Without further ado, our nomi- annoyed
criticism from FIFA. after losing world, will next face French ond-round match which last-
nees for Best Actor/Actress in foot- League organizers said Friday fifth seed Julien Benneteau, ed more than two hours.
serve for the Berdych
ball, 2011, are: that scheduled games will not be only time in who ousted Luxembourg’s “I played well but I know
■ Alves, Champions League semifi- played on Feb 25-26 in opposition the match in the second set, a Gilles Muller 6-2, 6-4 in that I can improve, I have
nal, April 27. Think of Willem to a law voted this week that gives another second-round match confidence in my game,”
expanded powers to a state-con- mistake which he quickly
Dafoe’s death scene in “Platoon.” rectified to get the contest at the indoor hardcourt event. Almagro said. “Victor took
Screaming, mouth agape, the trolled sporting oversight commit- In his 10th professional advantage of his chances in
tee. back on level-pegging.
Barcelona defender acrobatically Berdych completed his 67- season, 27-year-old Darcis is the second set, but in general
Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan (right) and Bona Septano play a shot Games planned this weekend seeking his third ATP title it was positive, I didn’t have
spun to ground, clutching his right against China during the Thomas Cup badminton tournament in Macau on will be played normally. (AP) minute victory over the 45th-
calf muscle, after he and Real ranked Seppi on a fifth ace of after a 2007 triumph in any break points against
Feb 17. (AFP) Amersfoort and a 2008 victo- me.”