Cink qualifies for golf's US Open
COLUMBUS (Ohio) • Former British Open champion Stewart Cink will contest his first Major golf championship in nearly two years after coming through the US Open sectional qualifying. He played a light schedule last year as his wife Lisa received treatment for breast cancer, even skipping the British Open, where he beat Tom Watson in a play-off to win at Turnberry in 2009.
He finished tied- fourth at the 36-hole qualifier in Columbus on Monday, earning one of 14 spots from that venue for the US Open, which starts next Thursday.
Kvitova adds Connecticut to line-up
PRAGUE • Petra Kvitova said she will compete in the Connecticut Open in August as she continues her comeback from injury.
The two-time Wimbledon champion is returning from a five-month break after she was stabbed in her left playing hand by a burglar in December.
The Czech was knocked out of the French Open in the second round by American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska will also return to the Aug 18-26 Connecticut tournament.
Japan may miss Kagawa for Iraqis
TOKYO • Japan's World Cup qualifying hopes were dealt a blow yesterday, when playmaker Shinji Kagawa suffered a shoulder injury in a 1-1 home draw with Syria in a friendly game.
The Borussia Dortmund footballer was stretchered off after just nine minutes and is a doubt for next week's Asian World Cup qualifier against Iraq. Japan top Group B with 16 points from seven games, ahead of Saudi Arabia on goal difference.