Formula 1

Ferrari could unleash new car at Brazil GP (14/03/02)

Ferrari could use their 2002 car at the Brazilian Grand Prix on March 31 according to Michael Schumacher. Schumacher said a decision will be made after a test session in Barcelona next week when Rubens Barrichello will drive the car for the first time.
He is confident the 2001 model will be competitive in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur. "Testing has gone very well but there always remains a certain amount of conservatism, especially after the great performance we were able to do with the old car," he said.
"We want to be 100% certain that nothing can go wrong and we will take the decision based on our knowledge."
"We will have another test in Barcelona after this race and after that I am sure we are going to take a decision." "I would assume we are going to race the new car in Brazil but it is not fixed."

Source: Ananova

Schumacher wins first race of season (04/03/02)

Defending world champion Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) won the first race of the 2002 FIA Formula 1 season on Sunday in Melborne, Australia.
Rubens Barichello and Ralf Schumacher both got good starts and Ralf tried numerous times to pass Barichello, who blocked him at least twice. When Rubens braked for the first corner, Ralf slammed into the back of the Ferrari, launching his BMW Williams into the air and off the track.

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Swiss Miss rolls into State Farm quarters (28/02/02)

Second-seeded Martina Hingis was an easy second-round winner Wednesday at the R 7 000 000 State Farm Women's Tennis Classic. The Swiss star dispatched France's Stephanie Foretz, 6-2, 6-4, at the beautiful Scottsdale Princess.
Hingis has already appeared in three finals this season, going 2-1, including a loss against American Jennifer Capriati at last month's Australian Open.

Source: Sportsnetwork



Kickboxer dies (28/02/02)

LONDON— A kickboxer who went into a coma after losing a world-championship match in Grand Rapids, Mich., died Wednesday in a hospital in his hometown. Derek Clements, 30, died at London Health Sciences Centre, where he was transferred after undergoing brain surgery Sunday at a Grand Rapids hospital.
Clements' opponent, Doug LaFontsee, won the Karate International Council of Kickboxing super middleweight title fight on an eighth-round technical knockout. Clements was knocked down three times in the fight, including twice in the eighth round. Clements was lucid during and after the Sunday match and gave a post-fight interview to a local public-access television station.
Brad Fowler, Clements' trainer, said that when Clements got out of the shower about 90 minutes after the fight, the fighter complained that he couldn't get warm, then his legs became wobbly and his eyes rolled back in his head.
Clements, who owned a London martial arts club, agreed four days before the match to fill in for another fighter, who pulled out Feb. 19 with an injury.

Source: FoxSport



Man U beats Nantes (27/02/02)

Manchester United swept past Nantes 5-1 to almost guarantee a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
But Liverpool still have work to do to keep their European dream alive after being held 1-1 by Galatasaray.
Bayern Munich beat Boavista 1-0, thanks to a goal from Roque Santa Cruz, to maintain the pressure on United at the top of the group.

Source: BBC



South Africa's worst performance ever (25/02/02)

South Africa went down to Australia by an innings and 360 runs in the second worst defeat in cricket history after being dismissed for 133 runs in their follow-on innings after three days of the first test at the Wanderers on Sunday.
The defeat was also the worst ever in the history of South African cricket. Their previous worst, also to Australia, was by an innings and 259 runs in Port Elizabeth during 1949-50.
SA now have 12 days to re-group before the second test starts at Newlands in Cape Town on March 8.

Source: SuperSport zone



Results of this weekends Super 12 fixtures (25/02/02)

22 February, Friday - Hurricanes 7-60 Blues (Wellington)
22 February, Friday - Sharks 18-25 Stormers (Durban)
23 February, Saturday - Chiefs 25-42 Waratahs (Rotorua) - 06.35am
23 February, Saturday - Crusaders 30-28 Highlanders (Ch'church) - 08.35am
23 February, Saturday - Brumbies 29-19 Reds (Canberra) - 10.35am
23 February, Saturday - Bulls 31-44 Cats (Pretoria) - 17.05pm

Vodacom Super 12 Table after round 1

Team Pld Pts
Blues 1 5
Waratahs 1 5
Cats 1 5
Brumbies 1 4
Stormers 1 4
Crusaders 1 4
Highlanders 1 1
Sharks 1 1
Reds 1 0
Bulls 1 0
Chiefs 1 0
Hurricanes 1 0

Source: Sportsdesk


Winter Olympics 2002

Golden glory for Britain's curlers (22/02/02)

Great Britain's women curlers have secured the country's first Winter Olympics gold medal for 18 years with a 4-3 victory over Switserland in an incredibly tense final at the Ogden Ice Sheet.
The British team, led by skipper Rhona Martin, clinched the title and a place in history with the last stone of the final end.

Source: BBC

Medal Table for the Salt Lake Winter Olympics (15/02/02)

  G S B Total
1. Norway 5 5 0 10
2. Germany 4 7 4 15
3. United States of America 3 5 3 11
4. Russian Federation 2 3 2 7
5. Finland 2 1 1 4
6. Italy 2 1 0 3
7. Switzerland 2 0 1 3
8. Spain 2 0 0 2
9. Austria 1 2 7 10
10. Canada 1 1 1 3
11. France 1 1 1 3
12. Korea 1 1 0 2
13. Netherlands 1 1 0 2
14. Estonia 1 0 1 2
15. Croatia 1 0 0 1
16. Japan 0 1 1 2
17. Poland 0 1 1 2
18. Sweden 0 0 2 2
19. Bulgaria 0 0 1 1
20. China 0 0 1 1
21. Czech Republic 0 0 1 1

Judge in controversy (14/02/02)

The French figure skating judge at the centre of the Olympic skating controversy was pressured to "act in a certain way", according to the head of the French Olympic team.
Questions of improper judging have centered on Marie-Reine Le Gougne, one of five adjudicators who favoured the Russian pair, Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, despite a technical flaw in their performance.
The result shocked the watching public as well as Canadian duo, Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, who were forced to settle for silver. Canadian officials plan to appeal against the result and have argued that a second gold should be awarded to their world champion pairing.

Source: BBC

Russian duo skate for gold (12/02/02)

Russian figure skaters Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze have won gold at the Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City on Tuesday.
The Russian duo received 5.7s and 5.8s across the board for technical merit and seven 5.9s and two 5.8s for presentation. The maximum marks are six.

Strobl takes gold in alpine (11/02/02)

Austria's Fritz Strobl has won gold in the men's alpine skiing downhill, after a thrilling run at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Strobl finished the Grizzly course in a time of one minute 39.13 seconds.

Source: Sportsdesk



Protea test team (18/02/02)

The SA team to play against Australia in their first test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Friday has been announced. The team: Shaun Pollock (capt), Nicky Boje, Mark Boucher, Boeta Dippenaar, Allan Donald, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Gary Kirsten, Neil McKenzie, Makhaya Ntini, Juston Ontong. 12th man: Graeme Smith.

Source: Sportsdesk



Erasmus to play for London Irish (14/02/02)

South African international forward Rassie Erasmus has been signed by London Irish on a two-year contract, the club said on Wednesday. Flanker Erasmus will meet up with his teammates at the fifth-placed English Premiership side on July 1 for preseason training. Erasmus has been capped 36 times by the Springboks and made his Test debut against the Lions in 1997.

Source: SAPA



Tyson vs. Lewis (13/02/02)

Ex-World boxing champion, Mike Tyson has been granted a license by the Georgia Boxing Commission and could face Lennox Lewis at Atlanta in June.
The scheduled fight for Las Vegas in April was suspended after the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to allow Tyson back into the ring there.

Lewis will not defend against Tyson (04/02/02)

Lennox Lewis told BBC on Sunday that he will not defend his world heavyweight titles against Mike Tyson on 6 April. Lewis has ruled out reports, for the time being, that the fight could go ahead at another venue.
Despite dismissing a 6 April bout against Tyson, Lewis insisted he remained confident of fighting him in 2002.

Lewis vs. Tyson (01/02/02)

Lennox Lewis has admitted his April fight with Mike Tyson is in jeopardy and urged the former champion to get help before climbing back into the ring.
Lewis told CNN's Larry King he thought the fight unlikely unless Tyson could prove he would not resort to "savage" tactics. Lewis also confessed to King that he didn't want to go into the ring with Mike Tyson if it is not a boxing match.

Source: Sportsdesk



Cameroon wins African Nations Cup (11/02/02)

Cameroon successfully defended the African Nations Cup after beating Senegal in a penalty shoot-out on Sunday in Mali..
Cameroon won 3-2 in the penalty shoot-out to clinch a record-equaling fourth Nations Cup victory.

Source: Sportsdesk



Paulse will miss first Super 12 (07/02/02)

Springbok star winger Breyton Paulse is going to miss his first Super 12 encounter of the season. This is due to injury. Paulse sustained a knee injury at the end of last year tour in Europe and the USA. This injury recurred during the Stormers' match against the Renegades.

The Sharks vs Harlequins (05/02/02)

The Sharks are preparing for their Super 12 campaign by playing a pre-season match against English outfit Harlequins at The Stoop on Tuesday.
The Durban based side has all sorts of problems due to injuries. The Renegades´ Werner Swanepoel got a call-up from Sharks boss Rudolf Straeuli after Chad Alcock got injured. Johan Muller also replaces an injured AJ Venter at lock.

Source: Sportsdesk



Proteas take first final (06/02/02)

South African paceman and man-of-the-match Makhaya Ntini took a career best 5/31 and Boeta Dippenaar hit 79 as South Africa beat New Zealand in an eight wicket victory in their first VB Series final in Melbourne on Wednesday.
South Africa 191-2 beat New Zealand after they could just score 190 in 47.5 overs.

Source: Sportsdesk



F1 news (06/02/02)

Ferrari has secured two new sponsors, the cellular company Vodafone and computer processor manufacturer AMD. AMD have signed until the end of the 2003 season and will provide financial as well as practical sponsorship. This will include data processing and analysis for the Ferrari team. Ferrari is due to unveil their 2002 championship defender later today.
Jaguar's technical director Steve Nichols resigned with immediate effect after a disappointing 2001 season. No replacement has been announced, but the team's managing director, Guenther Steiner, will take over from Nichols for the time being. The last season also saw Bobby Rahal being replaced by Niki Lauda as team boss.

Prost goes bang (04/02/02)

The 2002 season seems like it will only include 22 cars instead of the scheduled 24. The Prost team has pulled out of Formula 1 racing after it failed to settle debt and find adequate sponsors for the coming season.

Click here to see the provisional calendar and drivers lineup for the forthcoming season. There seems to be no indication of F1 teams testing at Kyalami this year.

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