Sports World: Cagnotto halts Chinese dominance in diving

Cagnotto halts Chinese dominance in diving

KAZAN (Russia)• • Tania Cagnotto won Italy's first diving gold medal for 40 years yesterday in the women's 1m springboard final to break China's winning streak at the world championships.

The reigning European champion struck gold with 310.85 points over the five rounds, as China's Shi Tingmao and He Zi settled for silver and bronze respectively.

Chinese divers had previously been enjoying a purple patch at Kazan's Aquatics Palace by winning all five previous events in a bid to emulate their 2011 sweep of all 10 diving medals when the world championships were held in Shanghai.

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S'pore win bronze in Asian schools bowling

HONG KONG • Singapore bowlers Charmaine Chang and Amanda Lee clinched a bronze medal in the girls' doubles event at the Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championships in Hong Kong yesterday.

The duo bowled a total of 2,430 pinfalls to earn the bronze behind South Korea's Kim Jin Ju/Kim Hyo Min (2,557 pinfalls) and Malaysia's Faten Najihah/Nur Amirah Auni Azman (2,550).

Delly stays on with Cavs for another year

CLEVELAND • The Cleveland Cavaliers re-signed restricted free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova, and traded centre Brendan Haywood, guard Mike Miller and two future second-round draft picks to the Portland Trail Blazers. According to ESPN.com, the deal is for one year and worth about US$1.2 million (S$1.64 million).

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Cardinals' Welter first woman coach in NFL

LOS ANGELES • Jen Welter, a former collegiate rugby player who played 14 seasons of professional gridiron, will make history as the first woman coach in the National Football League when she takes up an intern position with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals announced the hiring on Monday, saying they added her to their staff as a coaching intern during training camp and pre-season.

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Drogba aims to make an Impact in Canada

MONTREAL • Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba joined Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact on Monday, the Ivory Coast striker signing with the Canadian club after a rights transfer from the Chicago Fire.

The 37-year-old signed an 18-month contract at just over US$3 million (S$4.1 million) a year, according to reports.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 29, 2015, with the headline 'Sports World: Cagnotto halts Chinese dominance in diving'. Print Edition | Subscribe