Lucian Bute to box again on April 17
Lucian Bute, the holder of the IBF super middleweight world title, will put his title on the line once again on April 17 in Montreal, with his opponent set to be established in the following period. America’s Kelly Pavlik and Bernard Hopkins, and Columbia’s Edison Miranda are some of his possible opponents. Lucian Bute has kept his IBF super middleweight world title after knocking out Mexico’s Librado Andrade in the fourth round of their November 29 bout in Quebec.
Spain thrashes Romania 3-0 in Hopman Cup
Romania’s tennis team, consisting of Sorana Cirstea and Victor Hanescu, has lost its game against Spain, score 0-3, after Hanescu abandoned his game against Tommy Robredo and the mixed doubles game no longer took place. In the first game of the clash Sorana Cirstea was defeated by Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, score 4-6, 3-6. Victor Hanescu then played against Tommy Robredo and abandoned after losing the first set, score 3-6. Because of Hanescu’s injury the mixed doubles game no longer took place and the Spanish team was declared its winner, score 6-0, 6-0.
Men’s basketball: Elba Timisoara wins Central Europe League game
Elba Timisoara, Romania’s runners-up, defeated Austria’s Arkadia Traiskirchen Vienna on Tuesday, score 91-62. Elba’s home-side game was the fourth game in Central Europe League’s Group C. Serbian national Milos Pesici (Elba Timisoara) was the game’s MVP with 29 points scored. Elba has registered two defeats and two wins in Group C. The group also consists of Hungary’s Marso Vagep Nyiregyhaza.
qualify for second round in Auckland
Monica Niculescu/Ioana Raluca Olaru have qualified on Tuesday for the second round of the doubles event within the WTA tournament in Auckland (New Zeeland), a tournament with total prizes of USD 220,000, the competition’s official website informs. Niculescu and Olaru have defeated Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues/Carla Suarez Navarro in the first round, score 7-5, 7-5. In the next stage, the quarterfinals, Niculescu and Olaru will play against top favourites Cara Black (Zimbabwe)/Liezel Huber (US).
Dorel Stoica signs 6 month contract with
Al-Ettifaq, waits for green card
Dorel Stoica, former skipper of Universitatea Craiova, stated on Tuesday evening that he signed for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ettifaq club and pointed out that he is waiting for his green card in order to be able to play for his new team. Stoica arrived in Saudi Arabia on December 30, 2009 and managed to impress the leaders of Al-Ettifaq, a team coached by Ion Marin. ‘I have signed a six-month contract but for me they will be the first option at the end of the contract, provided they’ll want me to stay. Now I’m waiting for my green card. I can hardly wait to play; they are in full season so I’ll get right to business,’ Stoica stated.
Henin wins again in comeback tournament
Belgium’s Justine Henin continued her successful return to professional tennis with a 6-4 6-3 win over Kazakhstan’s Sesil Karatantcheva at the Brisbane International on Wednesday. The former world number one, playing her first official tournament in 20 months, cruised to victory in 77 minutes to advance to the quarter-finals against Hungary’s Melinda Czink. Top seed Andy Roddick also maintained his steady buildup to this month’s Australian Open with a workmanlike 7-6 6-3 second round win over big-serving Australian Carsten Ball in the men’s draw. Last year’s Wimbledon finalist, resuming after a knee injury cut short his 2009 season, saved a set point before winning the opener in a tiebreak then snatched the second with a single break of serve. Roddick’s fellow American James Blake saved three match points and recovered from a service break down in the deciding third set to defeat Frenchman Marc Gicquel 6-3 3-6 7-6 in a much tighter match on the Pat Rafter centre court.
Lucian Bute to box again on April 17