Vonn brushes off Woods split, targets gold

SEOUL - American ski queen Lindsey Vonn ducked questions Wednesday about her split from Tiger Woods and said she was firmly focused on reclaiming her Olympic downhill crown at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. The 2010 downhill gold medallist and the former world number one golfer had become the golden couple of American sport after meeting at a charity event in 2012. But Vonn announced their split citing hectic and incompatible schedules. "I don't really want to talk about my personal life," Vonn said when asked about the rift with Woods during a press briefing in the South Korean capital, Seoul. "I think I said everything in my Facebook post. I will just leave it at that," she added. "My goal for the next Olympics is to try to win a gold medal," she said.–AFP

Kenya champ survives armed robbery

NAIROBI - Kenyan marathon champ and Olympic medallist Catherine Ndereba has survived an armed robbery at her home. Police said Ndereba, a two-time Olympic silver medallist, four-time Boston marathon champion and former world record holder, was targetted by a gang on Monday but survived the incident unharmed. "Five men, one armed with a pistol, confronted her before heading to the house to rob her. We have already launched an investigation but the good thing is that apart from stealing no one was injured," police spokeswoman Gatira Mboroki told Capital FM. The thieves reportedly made off from Ndereba's Karen home with goods worth 44,000 Kenyan Shillings ($460), including clothing, electronics and a pair of shoes. Ndereba, 41, made a comeback in Japan last month after a two-year break.–AFP

China hammer thrower's gold reinstated

HONG KONG - Chinese women's hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu had her 2014 Asian Games gold medal reinstated Wednesday after successfully overturning a positive drugs test, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced. China's track and field team at the Incheon Games was rocked by news of the positive dope test five days after Zhang threw 77.33 metres to claim gold. A sample provided by Zhang before competition had shown the presence of zeranol, a banned substance. She was disqualified and stripped of her gold. Zhang appealed and the OCA said in a statement Wednesday that further independent testing last month had shown that "the presence of zeranol was, as Zhang asserted in her appeal, caused by eating contaminated food". Zeranol is found naturally in a fungus associated with cereal crops. –AFP

Death of Sabih’s mother widely condoled

RAWALPINDI - Rawalpindi region head coach Sabih Azhar’s mother was laid to rest at Korang Town graveyard Wednesday. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) governing body member Shakil Ahmed Sheikh, Rawalpindi Regional Cricket Association chairman Afzal Javed, senior journalists M Faheem Anwar Khan, Abdul Mohi Shah, Gabierl D Souza, RISJA president Mohsin Ali, Syed Abrar Hussain Rizvi, first class cricketer Masood Anwar, M Amir’s coach Asif Bajwa and others offered funeral prayers. Her Qul would be held today (Friday) at 5pm at Sabih’s residence. Meanwhile, PCB chairman Shahryar M Khan, Najam Sethi, PFUJ president Afzal Butt, NPC president Shahryar Khan, PSB DG Technical and Training Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera, DDG Facilities, Assistant director hostels, director securities, honorary captain M Ashraf Malik and others offered their condolences to Sabih and his family and prayed that the departed soul may rest in eternal peace.–Staff Reporter