Kerber finally tracks down Aussie trophy
DOHA • It took Angelique Kerber 13 years on the professional circuit to win a Grand Slam, but it has taken her an extra month to be reunited with her Australian Open trophy, she revealed yesterday.
After her shock win over Serena Williams in Melbourne on Jan 30, the German star decided to send the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup back to Europe by recorded delivery. But that plan backfired as the world No. 2 lost track of where it was after it got "stuck" in Poland's capital, Warsaw, en route to her home address.
Finally though, she has now located the Cup and will soon be able to get her hands on the silver trophy.
Man nabbed for coin-throwing act
LONDON • Police have arrested a man in relation to a coin-throwing incident after the FA Cup fifth-round tie between Reading and West Bromwich Albion last Saturday.
Albion midfielder Chris Brunt was struck by a coin when he went to hand his shirt to a young supporter after his team's 3-1 defeat by the Championship club.
The object was thrown from the area housing West Brom fans and Brunt suffered a cut just below his left eye.
Hoeness to donate prison pay to charity
BERLIN • Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, who is set to finish his prison sentence for tax evasion on Monday, says he has donated his entire salary from his day-release work - believed to be a five-figure sum - to Bayern's charity fund.
The 64-year-old World Cup winner has served 21 months of his 31/2- year sentence after being convicted in March 2014 of not paying at least €28.5 million (S$44.2 million) in taxes.
Granada boss axed after loss to Valencia
MADRID • Spanish La Liga strugglers Granada sacked coach Jose Ramon Sandoval on Monday, after defeat by Valencia on Sunday left them rooted to the foot of the table.
Jose Manuel Gonzalez Lopez has been named as Sandoval's successor until the end of the season.
The 49-year-old had been working as former Atletico Madrid boss Gregorio Manzano's assistant at Chinese club Beijing Guoan.