Silver medal in fencing
Rares Dumitrescu has won the Silver medal in the singles saber event within the World Fencing Championship in Antalya after he lost the final to Germany’s Nicolas Limbach, score 11-15. A member of Dinamo Brasov club, the former European champion had a perfect evolution up to the final, defeating Senegal’s Mamoudou Keita (15-5), Canada’s Joseph Polossifakis (15-3), Spain’s Jaime Marti (15-9), Italy’s Aldo Montano (15-14) and Hungary’s Tamas Decsi (15-10). His win in the semifinal also revenged the defeat suffered by his colleague Florin Zalomir in the quarterfinals at the hands of the Hungarian fencer. Unfortunately in the women’s saber event Ana Maria Branza, the Olympic runner-up, abandoned her last-16 game against Canada’s Sherraine Schalm after complaining of significant pain caused by an acute tendinitis at her left hand. At that moment the score was 10-9 for the Canadian fencer.
League I: Timisoara undefeated
FC Timisoara categorically defeated International Curtea de Arges in the last game of leg 9, score 3-0. Dorin Goga opened the score in the 50th minute, defeating goalkeeper Marius Popa after receiving a pass from Arman Karamian. Gigel Bucur scored in the 69th minute at the end of an opportunity created by the Karamian brothers. In the 77th minute Arman Karamian sealed the game with a 15-meter shot. With this success Timisoara is just one point behind League leaders Rapid Bucharest. Timisoara is the only undefeated team in League I.
Bulgaria match scrapped after team left with 6 men
A Bulgarian third division match was abandoned after only four minutes when injuries left an already depleted team with only six players on the pitch, local media reported. Home side Gigant Belene began their highly-anticipated clash with Chavdar Byala Slatina on Sunday with only eight players, saying they were unable to field a full line-up due to numerous injuries and suspensions. Gigant, second in the standings before the match, were quickly reduced to six after two players sustained injuries, leaving referee Stoyan Denev no choice but to abandon the game. Teams have to field at least seven players according to the rules of the game. Visiting Chavdar were awarded a 3-0 victory for the shortest soccer match played in the Balkan country, according to local statisticians.
Injured Massa returns to Maranello
Felipe Massa returned to Ferrari’s headquarters at Maranello on Monday for the first time since fracturing his skull at the Hungarian Grand Prix in July. The Brazilian, in line to race again at the start of next season if not sooner, will work on a simulator and improve his fitness in the coming days with a decision not yet taken on when he will test a 2007 car as part of his comeback. “I’m finally back home,” Massa told www.ferrari.com. “This is my second family and I couldn’t wait to see them again, all the people I’ve been working with for many years and who have been close to me these days. There’s lots to do, but I’m happy.”
Marquez keen to extend Barcelona contract
Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez is keen to agree a contract extension that would keep him at the European champions after his current deal ends next year. “I’m more than willing to resolve the situation. I would like to finish my career with Barcelona,” the 30-year-old Mexico defender was quoted as saying by the club’s website (www.fcbarcelona.com). Barca president Joan Laporta added: “We don’t want to let him get away.” Marquez joined Barca from AS Monaco in 2003.
Silver medal in fencing