Sports Briefs

first_imgBelgian league match abandoned BRUSSELS (AP): The Belgian league match between bitter rivals Charleroi and Standard Liege was abandoned yesterday after fans set off fireworks and threw objects onto the pitch. Referee Serge Gumienny ended the match in the 81st minute following a third incident with fans. Standard Liege were leading 3-1 at Charleroi. The match was also marred by hooliganism last season. Yesterday, Gumienny had already interrupted the match after visiting Standard Liege fans twice set off flares and threw coins, lighters and bottles onto the pitch. When Charleroi fans did likewise late in the game, the referee whistled for the end. Gumienny said he could no longer guarantee the security of the players. League authorities will now decide what happens with the result. Chapeco buries club president CHAPECO, Brazil (AP): The president of Brazilian football team Chapecoense was buried yesterday as fans paid their final tributes, trying to put behind them the worst moment in the club’s history. Club president Sandro Pallaoro was on the plane that crashed almost a week ago as the club was travelling to Colombia to play the first of two games to determine the Copa Sudamericana champion – the No. 2 club tournament in Latin America. The crash killed 71 of 77 people on board, including 19 players. The dead were honoured Saturday at Chapeco’s stadium, with burials taking place across the country. None of the players was from the small southern Brazilian city. Pallaoro was praised for making the small club competitive, and keeping it out of debt. “Until now, our priority was the families,” Chapecoense fan Agenor Martins said. “Now we have to open a new chapter for the club and for the city, we have to move on. The president’s example is that we can be great even in a small city if we do everything in the right, most transparent way. And we will do it again.” Smith’s record century lifts Aussies SYDNEY (AP): Steve Smith posted the highest score in a limited-overs international at the Sydney Cricket Ground and then took a stunning catch to help Australia to a 68-run win yesterday in the series opener against New Zealand. Smith scored 164 from 157 balls, including four sixes and 14 boundaries, before he was out late after skying a catch from Trent Boult to Colin Munro at mid-wicket. Australia, after losing a wicket in the first over and limping to 92-4 in the 21st over, added 101 in the last eight overs to reach 324-8. Scores: Australia 324-8 in 50 overs (Steve Smith 164, Travis Head 52; Trent Boult 2-51) def. New Zealand 256 all out in 44.2 overs (Martin Guptill 114, Colin Munro 49; Josh Hazlewood 3-49). Matsuyama holds on to win in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas (AP): Hideki Matsuyama of Japan won for the third straight time yesterday, holding off Henrik Stenson over the final few holes to win the Hero World Challenge. Matsuyama, who started the final round at Albany with a seven-shot lead, never let anyone closer than six shots heading to the back nine at Albany. The final nine holes were a struggle, however. He closed with a one-over 73 to win by two shots. A double bogey on No. 10 and a three-putt bogey on the easy 14th allowed Stenson to get within three shots with four to play. Stenson three-putted the 15th for par and couldn’t apply any more pressure. He closed with a 68. Tiger Woods, in his first tournament in more than 15 months, shot 76 and finished 15th.last_img