New caddie Ferrero gets tips from Garcia

BANGKOK - Sergio Garcia handed out tips to his new caddie, former tennis star Juan Carlos Ferrero, as he prepared for his title defence at the Thailand Golf Championship on Wednesday. The world number seven showed Ferrero how to carry the bag properly and even went to fetch them both water -- normally the caddie's job -- at Amata Spring near Bangkok. Ferrero, the 2003 French Open winner, may seem an unusual choice but Garcia won last year's event with his girlfriend, Katharina Boehm, carrying his clubs. "Juan Carlos is one of my best friends," Garcia said, insisting: "He loves golf and has a three-handicap, so he knows what he is doing." Boehm, an accomplished former US college player, is apparently unconcerned at being replaced as caddie and all three will go on holiday together after event.–AFP

FIFA fines Indonesia clubs for Twitter leaks

JAKARTA - FIFA has fined three Indonesian clubs for publishing secret transfer information on Twitter, the first time football's world governing body has handed out sanctions for such social media offences. Persebaya Surabaya and Persires Bali Devata were each fined 25,000 Swiss francs for publishing confidential data on club-linked Twitter accounts, said FIFA. PSIS Semarang was ordered to pay 15,000 Swiss francs for republishing the other teams' tweets and publishing a confidential letter sent to them by FIFA. The clubs were sanctioned "for breaching their obligation to keep data contained within the FIFA Transfer Matching System strictly confidential," said FIFA. FIFA added it was the first time it had sanctioned clubs for such confidentiality breaches through the use of social media.–AFP

Player survives lightning strike

SAO PAULO - A Peruvian player is recovering in hospital after being struck by lightning during a Copa Peru match between his Sport Aguila side and visitors Union Fuerza Mineira, the away club and local media reports said on Wednesday. Joao Contreras, 21, suffered burns to his legs, while the linesman and another man were also hurt, Union Fuerza Mineira said on twitter "Those affected by the lightning strike in the game are out of danger," the club added. "Our boys are good but they were terribly shaken." Contreras was struck down in a puff of smoke seconds before the start of the second half of the semi-final, second leg. The game, which was staged amid heavy rain in the Andean city of Huancayo, was 1-1 at the time but abandoned because of the accident. Union won the first leg 6-3.–Reuters

Malala U-21 National Women’s Cricket

LAHORE – Fareeha Mahmood Wednesday guided Lahore Women to 73-run win over Multan Women in the Malala 1st U-21 National Women’s Cricket Tournament 2014 first match here at the Lahore Country Club ground A, Muridke. Put into bat first, Lahore Women scored 131-5 in 20 overs. Fareeha hammered 78 runs while Kainat Hafeez added 28. Shahzeen Javeria took 3-20 and Gulnaz Majeed 2-16. Multan Women, in reply, could manage to score 85-5 in 20 overs. Najma Bibi scored 22 run. Noureen Yaqoob got 2-21 and Nasra Sandhu 2-17. Fareeha was declared player of the match. In the second match at Ground B, Muridke, Islamabad Women thrashed Sialkot Women by nine wickets. Batting first, Sialkot Women were all out for 64 in 19.1 overs and in reply, Islamabad Women achieved the target in 10 overs for the loss of six wickets.–Staff Reporter