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R&A set for historic vote on women members LONDON: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews announced on Wednesday that prominent figures from women's golf will be allowed to join if it votes to accept female members.The R&A, golf's governing body along with the United States Golf Association (USGA), will vote on Thursday on whether to admit women for the first time in its 260-year history.Members will also be asked if they would accept the immediate admission of 15 female members, including former USGA president Judy Bell and former leading amateur player Carol Semple Thompson."The club is balloting its members on a change to its membership rules that would enable it to welcome women members," said an R&A spokesman."Over 2,400 ballot papers have been sent out and the vote is independently scrutinised by Electoral Reform Services."A simple majority is required to effect the proposed change. Should the outcome be in favour of welcoming women members, the ...

Tevez back in the frame for Argentina BUENOS AIRES: Recently-appointed Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said Wednesday he is set to hand Juventus striker Carlos Tevez an international lifeline after the former Manchester United and City star was left out of their World Cup squad. Martino said the 30-year-old, who began his career with Boca Juniors and then Corinthians before a one-season spell with West Ham, will be in competition for the number nine shirt with Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain and Manchester City marksman ...
Froome leads British assault on Ponferrada LONDON: Former Tour de France champions Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins were named in the Great Britain team for the Road World Championships in Spain that was announced on Wednesday.But while Froome, who recently came second in the Tour of Spain behind Alberto Contador, will spearhead a nine-man team in the men's road race, Wiggins will only feature in the time-trial.Froome, the 2013 Tour de France winner, is joined in the road race squad by ...
Bagel blitz as Radwanska down Scheepers SEOUL: Top seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska handed out a humiliating 6-0, 6-0 beating to Chanelle Scheepers on Wednesday to reach the WTA Korea Open quarter-finals.The former Wimbledon finalist swept past the South African in just 49 minutes to set up a meeting with Varvara Lepchenko as she attempts to successfully defend a title for the first time.Radwanska's fourth WTA-level "double bagel" gives the Polish world number five a chance for revenge over Lepchenko, ...
Safarova shoots down rising Swiss star Bencic TOKYO: Seventh-seeded Lucie Safarova battled back to beat wild card Belinda Bencic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Wednesday and reach the Pan Pacific quarter-finals, spoiling the Swiss teenager's upward momentum this year.The 27-year-old Czech lost three straight games after 3-3 in the first set but in the second she broke Bencic's serve in the third game and sprinkled five aces.In the decisive set, the left-hander broke the 17-year-old Swiss in the first and fifth games before conceding ...
Hospitalised Degenkolb confident for world champs BERLIN: German sprinter John Degenkolb, who recently won the green jersey as points leader on the Tour of Spain, has been hospitalised in Frankfurt with a fever, his manager Jorg Werner revealed on Wednesday. "An injury to his right leg after a crash has become infected. For his own safety, John must stay a few days in hospital," Werner told German daily Bild. The 25-year-old Degenkolb, who rides for the Giant-Shimano team, wrote on his ...
Hitzfeld predicts player unrest in powerful Bayern squad BERLIN: Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld thinks there could be a player backlash when the Bundesliga champions return to full strength, he explained in an interview with Bild on Wednesday. "Each player currently accepts spending some time on the bench," said Hitzfeld, who led the club to Champions League glory over Valencia in 2001 at the San Siro. "But it could get more dangerous later in the season when some of the returning players ...


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