● Yani Tseng won the LPGA Taiwan Championship on home soil recently, grabbing her seventh LPGA Tour victory of the season. The 22-year-old’s five-stroke victory over Spain’s Azahara Munoz and South Korea’s Amy Yang brought her $3,00,000. But the World No. 1 golfer is not going to stash away this cash. Tseng is handing over a third of it for the cause of grooming a new generation of Taiwanese golfers. In a country where baseball and basketball are more popular, Tseng hopes that golf will gradually get a boost and that more people will come forward to support young talent. Cheers to the golden girl!
● Yuki Bhambri picked up another International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures singles title in Nigeria recently. This is his sixth ITF title but first outside the country. The 19-year-old, who clinched the national champion title just a week ago, put up a tough fight against his South African rival, Ruan Roelofse. But Yuki finally pulled off a 7-5, 7-5 victory that is expected to push him into the top 400 from his current position at 479. This should be a boost for Bhambri who was in the top 350 in the 2009 and 2010 seasons but slowed down on the senior circuit because of injuries. All the best, Yuki.
● Haile Gebrselassie had an easy victory at the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon recently. For the legendary Ethiopian, the win — in one hour, one minute and 29 seconds — is a return to winning form after he had to drop out of the Berlin marathon last month because of breathing problems. Essa Rashed of Qatar was second and Morocco’s Abderrahime Bouramdane was third.
● After a long wait of 24 years, sweet victory finally came to the New Zealand rugby team on home ground, at Eden Park in Auckland. The hosts put up a collective fight as they pushed France out 8-7 and won the Rugby World Cup for the second time. Their first victory was in 1987. At one point, the man of the match, France’s Thierry Dusautoir, sent the New Zealand team into a tizzy — they feared that the cup may not come into their hands, raising hopes of a first French World Cup win. But the game finally went to the New Zealand team, giving them the cup that they had been dreaming about for so long.
You can’t get through this week without…
● …catching up with the West Indian cricket team’s tour of India after almost four years. The team, which will come via Bangladesh, will play its first Test at Feroz Shah Kotla. After India’s recent rout of the England team in the ODIs, it will be exciting to see if we can have an action replay.