IAAF cans gala, takes disciplinary action
PARIS • World athletics' governing body IAAF on Friday cancelled its annual awards gala and opened disciplinary proceedings against the son of former president Lamine Diack and three others, including its former treasurer and former doping chief.
The news comes as the latest hammer blow to the scandal-hit federation, just two days after Diack was charged by French police with corruption over suspicions he took bribes to cover up doping cases.
"Given the cloud that hangs over our association, this is clearly not the time for the global athletics family to be gathering in celebration of our sport," president Sebastian Coe said in a bluntly-worded statement that also promised tougher financial controls.
Venus on course for 3rd title of year
HONG KONG • Top seed Venus Williams stormed past US Open finalist Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-2 in the WTA Elite Trophy semi-finals yesterday in an ominous display as she seeks her third title of the year.
The 35-year-old, who is resurgent after a long battle with auto-immune disease Sjogren's Syndrome, collected her 40th main-draw victory of the season - her highest tally since 2008.
Moyes not fearing axe despite loss
MADRID • Real Sociedad manager David Moyes does not fear for his future at the club following Friday's league defeat to Las Palmas, the Scot believing he will be given until the end of the season to turn the situation around.
His side have nine points from 11 games following their 0-2 loss away to promoted Las Palmas, who are on the same number of points. Depending on how other results go this weekend, Moyes' team could end up in the bottom three.
"Coaches of all teams would be worried about this position but I am not worried," the former Manchester United and Everton manager told a news conference.
Kohli gets 1st Test win on home soil
MOHALI (India) • India's spinners tied South Africa's batsmen in knots to give the hosts a 108-run victory in the first Test yesterday.It was Virat Kohli's first Test win on home soil as captain.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja grabbed five wickets and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took three as the Proteas, set a victory target of 218, were shot out for 109 after tea on the third day.