Al-Ahram Weekly Online   13 - 19 October 2005
Issue No. 764
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875


Lucky win

TIGER Woods claimed the World Golf Championship (WGC) American Express for the fourth time after John Daly missed a short putt at the second hole of a play-off at Harding

World No 1 Woods admitted he would rather have won the WGC American Express in a different manner. Woods secured victory on the second extra hole when Daly missed a return putt from less than three feet.

"The last thing you want to see is that happen," Woods said. "It shouldn't end like that. I just felt so bad because he played so well all week."

Daly said: "I know Tiger didn't want to win that way and I certainly didn't want to lose that way."

Woods, who began the final day two shots behind Daly, was expecting to go on to the third play-off hole. "We should be going to 17, it would have been fun for both of us," he said.

"I feel so bad for JD. You never want to win a golf tournament that way, you want to go out and earn it. He was the man to catch and I was just fortunate to get into a playoff."

Daly, never one to take longer than necessary, missed on the left edge with his par putt on the 16th, the second extra hole.

"I played that putt straight and it went dead left," he said.

"If anything, I thought it would have gone right. I may have pulled it, I don't know.

"It's been a horrible putting year, and when you don't have a lot of confidence with your putter, especially when you have a chance to win, instead of feeling you're going to make them, I didn't feel I was going to make them.

"I was feeling the heat a bit more than him. You just hate to lose that way."

Change of course

JOHN Yuda regained his Great South Run title despite veering off course four miles into the 10-mile Portsmouth race. The Tanzanian, along with defending champion Hendrick Ramaala and Wilfred Taragon, followed a television crew's motorbike instead of the leading car. But Yuda recovered to win in 46 minutes 45 seconds, 54 seconds ahead of Ramaala in second with Taragon third.

Derartu Tulu set an Ethiopian record of 51:27 to win the women's race with ease from compatriot Elfenesh Alemu. Tulu decimated Teyiba Erkiso's previous three-year-old national record of 52:55, with Alemu also 37 seconds under the old mark.

Aniko Kalovics came in third and lowered the Hungarian record to 52:28.

Yuda said a mistake he made during the race probably cost him the chance to break his own national record. The 26-year-old momentarily went off course after following a television motorcycle rather than the lead car.

"Going around the roundabout twice probably cost me several seconds," said the Tanzanian. "It is disappointing that this happened, but it was also important I forgot it and that I got back into the race as quickly as possible. I just got on with running and getting back to the front."

Fiftieth title

LINDSAY Davenport swept aside Amelie Mauresmo 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the Filderstadt Grand Prix to claim the 50th singles title of her career. It was top seed Davenport's fifth tournament victory of the year and her 10th straight win over Mauresmo.

The American raced to a 5-1 lead in the first set, but Mauresmo hit back to lead 4-2 in the second before Davenport broke back and wrapped up the win.

"I am excited to get to 50 titles, it means a lot to me," said Davenport. "I felt like I was playing really well and dictating the points, so even when I lost a few games I was able to come back right away and finish off with four really solid games."

Mauresmo was disappointed with her serving and felt it allowed Davenport to rule the match.

The French ace said: "I started with not putting enough first serves in and that gave her some opportunities on the second serve to step in and play hard and I'm not very happy about that."

Tennis control

THE INTERNATIONAL Tennis Federation is to take control of the anti-doping programme in men's tennis. The ITF -- which manages drug testing at Grand Slam events and the Davis and Fed Cups -- will enforce the anti-doping programme at ATP events from next year.

The Women's Tennis Association is also being encouraged into the fold.

"This is in the best interests of tennis and we hope the WTA will join us," ITF President Francesco Ricci-Bitti said.

Tennis' anti-doping programme is fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency's code and Ricci-Bitti is on the WADA board.

The agreement between the ITF and the ATP extends to 2010 and will include at least 600 tests a year at ATP events in addition to the 500 tests on male players under ITF jurisdiction. ATP chairman Etienne de Villiers added: "This is a positive and logical step. It is a model of cooperation."

Cocaine confession

FORMER champion boxer Frank Bruno has told a Sunday newspaper that he used cocaine for six months, plunging him into a "black hole with no ending."

He said the drug, which he first took in 2000, may have contributed to the mental illness for which in 2003 he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

"Cocaine took control of my brain. I wish I'd never seen the stuff," the 43-year-old told the News of the World.

Bruno won the WBC world heavyweight title at Wembley Stadium when he outpointed Oliver McCall in September 1995. At the height of his fame, he was one of Britain's most popular sportsmen, also making regular TV appearances.

A year later he lost his title to Mike Tyson and was then forced into retirement by an eye injury.

He was divorced from wife Laura, the mother of his three children, in 2001.

Bruno also admitted using cannabis to "calm himself down" after fights, having first tried the drug at the age of 12. But he added: "Coke makes you feel weird, nasty, edgy, gangstery, fighty, just crazy. Using drugs is not a nice experience. I'm talking about it now because I think it's better that I come clean."

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