Sport in brief
India's top venues to host T20 Champions League
CRICKET: MUMBAI, Sept 27, 2008 - India's three leading cricket
centres, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai, will host the inaugural Twenty20
Champions League in December, organisers said on Thursday.
The six-million dollar tournament, featuring eight T20 club sides
from India, Australia, South Africa, England and Pakistan, will be held
from December 3-10, League chairman Lalit Modi told reporters here.
Modi, who organised the hugely successful Indian Premier League (IPL)
Twenty20 competition earlier this year, said the match schedule will be
But he confirmed Mumbai as the venue of the final on December 10.
The eight teams are IPL finalists Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super
Kings, Western Australia and Victoria (Australia), Titans and Dolphins
(South Africa), Middlesex (England) and the winners of Pakistan's
Twenty20 League to be held next month.
The teams will be divided into two groups for a preliminary league,
with the top two advancing to the semi-finals.
"I believe we have a concept that will inspire and motivate the
future generations of club, state and county cricketers, while
accelerating the development of the game globally," said Modi.
"I am confident that this will be a true global event, the scale of
which the cricketing world has not seen outside of the World Cups."AFP
Race on for Europe Ryder Cup captaincy
GOLF:LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Sept 27, 2008; - Europe’s vanquished Ryder
Cup team retreated from Kentucky on Monday with the debate already
heating up over who should replace Nick Faldo as captain for Celtic
Manor, Wales in 2010.
Shortly after his side had relinquished the trophy after a six-year
tenure by losing 16.5-11.5 to Paul Azinger’s United States, Faldo gave
every indication that he had no intention of having another go at one of
the toughest jobs in golf.
“I believe it was a one-stop shot as they would say,” he said.
That opened the door for several candidates notably his right-hand
man at Valhalla, Jose Maria Olazabal, who is the early bookies favourite
for the post.
The 42-year-old Spaniard, who is hugely popular and has top-class
Ryder Cup pedigree as a player, is currently battling back from a year
plagued by injury and fatigue.
But he still harbours hopes of regaining full fitness and being able
to win back his position as a player in the side.
“I am still hoping that I will be recovered completely from what I am
going through,” he said.
“If that’s the case I want to be playing. That’s where I’m at at the
“Only time will tell how quickly I recover and how well I can play
again, but if I’m asked for a decision later this year that might be a
In Olazabal’s favour however is that European Ryder Cup officials are
not expected to formally discuss the future of the captaincy until a
meeting in Dubai in January.
Due to the fact that the next edition of the cup will be held in
Wales, there could be a groundswell of support behind Ian Woosnam, the
victorious captain two years ago in Ireland.
Woosnam has given no indication of whether or not he is interested in
a second stint as skipper.
Other possibles are Scotland’s Sandy Lyle and Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn
while most observers believe it comes too early for the likes of Scot
Colin Montgomerie and Paul McGinley of Ireland.
The embattled Faldo meanwhile was given a round of support from an
unlikely direction in the shape of Azinger with whom he has had an
intense rivalry dating back to the 1987 British Open at Muirfield.
Azinger - a hero
Azinger, who has been hailed a hero in the United States for
master-minding the campaign to win back the cup, said it was unfair to
heap all the blame for Europe’s defeat on the shoulders of Faldo.
Chameka Madurawe wins Sydney Shuttle ‘double’
BADMINTON: 16-year-old Chameka Madurawe won both under-17 and 19
girls singles events at the Sydney Junior Open Badminton Championship
held last weekend at the Sydney Olympic Park Badminton Stadium,
conducted by the Sydney Badminton Association of New South Wales,
Madurawe beat several New South Wales state junior champion players
on her way to become the champion.
Chameka, a champion shuttler from Mahamaya Girls College, Kandy
represented the Sri Lanka Junior and Senior National Badminton Teams in
2007-2008 and is presently in Australia.
She is the younger daughter of Shantha Madurawe, National Training
Commissioner, Sri Lanka Scout Association and Mrs. Sujeewa Madurawe of
Shamali Wickramasinghe - star athlete
ATHLETICS: Anne Shamali Wickramasinghe, a student of Good Shepherd
Convent, Kotahena, an outstanding athlete has brought honour to the
school from primary grades. During the years 2006 to 2008 she has been
in the news for her outstanding performance.
She has participated in the following sports events and done well:
Western Province (2007 Colours), SAAF Games selections, Junior
Nationals, All Island Meet, Senior Championship, Women’s Championship,
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