Sports Brief

Rose stays on top at Indonesian Masters

JAKARTA – England’s Justin Rose overcame stormy conditions to retain his clubhouse lead at the Indonesian Masters Saturday before torrential rain and lightning forced play to be abandoned. Tough weather plagued the season-ending Asian Tour event for a second consecutive day, disrupting play several times throughout until it was called off at 4:10pm local time (0910 GMT). Following a curtailed day Friday, Rose had to complete his second round at Royale Jakarta Golf Club early in the morning before commencing his third. The world number six was in fine form, firing two birdies in his opening three holes of round three before extending his advantage with another birdie on five. The Englishman was on an aggregate score of 16-under-par through eight holes when play was suspended. –AFP

 Wuerth injured after bad crash

BERLIN – Mixed team world champion Svenja Wuerth was rushed to hospital on Saturday after being hurt in a heavy fall during a World Cup team event in Hinterzarten, south-west Germany. The 24-year-old German, who won gold in the Mixed team normal hill event at the world championships in Lahti, Finland, last February, lost control, then hit the surrounding barriers at high speed in the landing area. Wuerth lay motionless on the ground for several minutes, but was able to communicate with rescuers who quickly came to her aid. “Svenja is conscious and feels pain in her knee, she was taken to hospital where she will be examined,” said Germany coach Andreas Bauer on ZDF. In January 2014, Wuerth was hurt while competing in Tchaikowski, Russia, where she admits she only narrowly missed being paralysed. –AFP

 Mayweather v McGregor second richest ever

LOS ANGELES – Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s cross-combat superfight was the second richest boxing bout in history, long-awaited final figures revealed on Friday. A statement from Showtime sports said the August fight between Mayweather and McGregor generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America. Only one other fight — Mayweather’s 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao — has ever drawn more, racking up 4.6 million buys to earn around $600 million. The Mayweather-McGregor pay-per-view total is almost double the third biggest fight of all time, Oscar De La Hoya’s 2007 fight with Mayweather, which had 2.48 million buys. Showtime said in a statement that global revenues, including ticket sales, sponsorship and international distribution, Mayweather and McGregor had exceeded $600m. –AFP

 Crescent School win Inter-School Hockey

Lahore – Crescent School defeated Aitcheson College 2-0 in the final to win the Himont Cup Inter-school Hockey Tournament here at the National Hockey Stadium on Saturday. Hannan Shahid, grandson of late Olympian Afzal Manna and Aqeel Ahmed scored for Crescent School. The well-contested final was thoroughly enjoyed by the spectators including Aitcheson College headmaster Andrew Egan and Crescent School vice principal Col (r) Ali. In the third position match, Government High School, Dhing Shah, Kasur beat Kims Schools 3-2 in another exciting game. Saqib, Osama and Qayyum found the target for Kasur School. Salman and Shamoon were the scorers for Kims Schools. Himont Group chief executive Intesar Siddique distributed the prizes and appreciated the efforts of Olympic gold medallist Tauqueer Dar for organizing the event.–Staff Reporter Pakistan Open, CAS Women events start

LAHORE – Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) in collaboration with Serena Hotels is going to host Pakistan Open Men’s Squash Championship and CAS Women International Championship from December 17 to 23 at Mushaf Squash Complex Islamabad. The PSF also released logo and promotional video of these two events. In all, 48 international squash players from various countries along with Pakistan squash players are participating in both the events. In men’s event, Marwan El Shorbagy from Egypt is the top seed, whereas Annie Au from Hong Kong has been seeded first in CAS Women International Championship. The qualifying round is going to start form December 17 while the main round will commence from 19th. The Pakistan Open Squash Championship carrying a prize purse of $50,000 is a prestigious tournament, which is returning to the squash circuit after a lapse of 10 years. CAS Women International Championship is $25,000 tournament in which top ranking female squash players would be fighting for the coveted trophy.–Staff Reporter

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