Baddeley lifts PGA trophy in Alabama

WASHINGTON - Australia's Aaron Baddeley rolled in a 28-foot birdie putt at the fourth playoff hole Sunday to edge South Korea's Kim Si-Woo for the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship in Auburn, Alabama. Baddeley, who notched his fourth PGA Tour victory and his first since Los Angeles in 2011, was 11 strokes off the pace after 36 holes, but was just three shots adrift after the rain-disrupted third round. With a five-under par 66 in the final round he joined Kim on 18-under 266. Kim had made the biggest move of the day, firing an eight-under 63 that included seven birdies and an eagle with his one bogey coming at the 18th on the Robert Trent Jones Trail Grand National course. The two finished 72 holes one stroke in front of Michael Johnson and capped his professional debut with a final-round 65.–AFP

 

Thai badminton star cleared of doping

BANGKOK - Thai Badminton star Ratchanok Intanon broke down in tears and spoke of her relief Monday after being cleared of doping, ending fears her Olympic dreams had been scuppered. The 21-year-old shuttler, who is beloved in Thailand and remains the kingdom's best chance for a medal in Rio, tested positive for a banned substance in May after a tournament in China. But the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Monday cleared her after ruling that the substance had been administered to treat a tendon injury and was allowed. "I was confident in my innocence and I am glad that I received justice. I will practise and hope to bring a medal back for Thais," she told reporters at a press conference in Bangkok. "The Olympics is my dream," she added, before bursting into tears.–AFP

 

McEvoy drops 200m free at Rio

SYDNEY - Australia's highly-rated Cameron McEvoy said Monday he will drop the 200-metre freestyle from his swimming programme at next month's Rio Olympics to be fresher for the relays. McEvoy, ranked sixth in the world in the event this year, said he made his decision after consultation with his coach Richard Scarce and national head coach Jacco Verhaeren. He had planned to swim in six disciplines in Brazil -- the 50m, 100m, 200m freestyle and the three relays. "It's been a decision that Richard (Scarce) and I have spent a lot of time thinking about," McEvoy said. "It wasn't an easy decision to make, especially seeing I have been doing the 200m freestyle internationally for so long and it has been one of my favourite and main events for my entire swimming career."–AFP

 

China to send biggest-ever delegation

BEIJING - China will send its largest-ever delegation to the upcoming Rio Olympics, state media said Monday, as it vies with the US to top the medals table. The delegation of 416 includes 256 woman athletes and 160 men, the official Xinhua news agency reported. "This is the largest-ever Olympic delegation China has sent overseas," it quoted Cai Zhenhua, deputy director of the General Administration of Sport, as saying. China is expecting a haul of gold medals from sports such as table tennis, badminton, gymnastics, weightlifting, shooting and diving, it added. At the 2012 Olympics in London, China finished second in the overall medals table after the United States.–AFP

 

Dolderer wins Red Bull Air Race

KARACHI - Series points’ leader Matthias Dolderer conquered his nerves and the testing, unseasonably autumn-like flying conditions to claim his second victory of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. A weather pattern of high winds, heavy rain and low temperatures that settled over the Hungarian capital for the duration of the weekend caused significant delays and cancellations of flying, including Saturday's qualifying session. When the weather broke long enough for one round of flying to take place on Sunday however, the German delivered a sensational flight to claim the win over Hannes Arch and Matt Hall. –PR