● Australian Adam Scott got his first elite World Golf Championships title recently by winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, US. He notched a victory over English Luke Donald and American Rickie Fowler. A fair share of the applause also went to Japanese Ryo Ishikawa and Scott’s caddie Steve Williams. Ishikawa, who is just a teen, shared the fourth place with Australian Jason Day. Williams was in focus as Tiger Woods’s former caddie. Williams — fired by Woods recently — had caddied the champ in seven wins on this course. Scott said Williams knew the place better than anyone. That’s a big help, surely!
● Expectations from Deepika Kumari are so high that instead of lauding her for the three silvers she picked up at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in Ogden, US, her fans moaned that she missed a golden hat-trick chance! The 17-year-old archer from Ranchi, who has already qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, lost to Ming Cheng of China in the women’s recurve individual event. The women’s recurve team of Kumari, Laishram Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro, lost to Ukraine and the team of Kumari and Jayanta Talukdar had poor luck in the mixed pair final. But Kumari is sure to bounce back.
● Indian grapplers grabbed as many as 40 medals, including 15 golds, at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Melbourne, which concluded recently. Such was their power display at the three-day event, that they won the champions trophy in all the three — that is, freestyle, greco-roman and women — categories. The wrestlers bagged five gold medals in each category. Congrats, guys!
Young and United
● Manchester United had a dramatic win over Manchester City to clinch the Community Shield at Wembley in London. The young United team, winning the title for the fourth time in the last five seasons, almost lost out on this one. Manchester City was ahead in the first half, with a 2-0 lead. But the United team made up in the second half with two goals by Nani, securing their 3-2 victory. Great going!
You can’t get through this week without…
● …catching up with the 2011 Cincinnati Open, ending on August 21. Held in Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, near Cincinnati, US, this is the 110th edition. The winners in 2010 were Roger Federer (in picture) in the men’s category and Kim Clijsters in the women’s category. So who’s going to make it this year?