Briefs 2-Stepanek gets by with a little help from his friends
Nov 12 (Reuters) - Sports news in brief from around the world:
Tennis - Czech Radek Stepanek had to rely on the generosity of his fellow players to get kitted out after being called up at the last minute for the Masters Cup in Shanghai.
The world number 27 returned from holiday in Thailand to stand in for Andy Roddick after the American withdrew from the $4.45-million season finale with an ankle injury a couple of hours before his match against Roger Federer.
Stepanek's kit, however, was held up in Chinese customs. "I had the racket from Novak Djokovic and I had socks from Andy (Murray)," he said after losing 7-6 6-4. "He's using the same ones as I do so I asked him if he could lend me some."
Cycling - Germany's former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich has won a court ruling entitling him to 340,000 euros ($429,200) in back pay after testifying he did not take drugs when riding for Team Coast from January to March 2003.
"The truth won out," he told the SID news agency. Ullrich, who has always denied doping, was withdrawn before the 2006 Tour after being linked with a Spanish doping investigation. He retired the following year.
Soccer - Bulgarian champions CSKA Sofia needed an extra-time goal from captain Todor Yanchev to overcome Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2-1 to reach the last 16 of the Bulgarian Cup.
(Editing by Karolos Grohmann and Tony Jimenez)
- Tweet this
- Share this
- Digg this