Spanish golfer out with injury
Miguel Angel Jimenez has broken his right shinbone and will be sidelined for up to five months, dashing his hopes of qualifying for the 2013 Masters Tournament in April.
The Spaniard, who is ranked 54th in the World Golf Ranking, hadn’t qualified for the 2013 Masters Tournament before the injury. If he had moved into the top 50 two weeks before the Masters, he would have qualified.
Jimenez has played in 14 Masters, with his best finish being an eighth in 2008. He has played in every Masters since 2005.
He finished 56th of the 61 players to make the cut in the 2012 Masters after shooting 76-81 on the weekend.
Jimenez said in a statement Sunday that he had surgery on his leg after injuring it while skiing Saturday.
“I was playing well, but you have to take life as it comes,” Jimenez said.
Jimenez was a vice captain on Europe’s Ryder Cup-winning team in September.
In November, Jimenez, 48, became the oldest European Tour winner by capturing his third Hong Kong Open title. He has 19 career European Tour titles.
Irish star’s TD gives North win
In Columbus, Ga., Aquinas running back Brendan Douglas caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the North’s 14-7 victory over the South on Saturday in the GACA North-South All-Star game.
North quarterback A.J. Erderly, of West Forsyth High, hit Douglas on a
41-yard touchdown pass with 1:20 remaining in the game for the victory.
“It’s crazy,” Douglas told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “When I caught the ball, I kept waiting for someone to hit me, but there was no one there. I just kind of fell into the end zone. (Erderly) made a heck of a throw.”
Williams, Isner team to lead US
In Perth, Australia, Venus Williams and John Isner led the United States to a 2-1 victory over South Africa at the Hopman Cup mixed team competition.
Williams rallied to defeat 60th-ranked Chanelle Scheepers 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. After Kevin Anderson beat Isner 7-6 (0), 7-6 (5), the match came down to mixed doubles. Williams and Isner beat the South Africans 6-3, 6-2 to clinch victory.
• In Shenzhen, China, fourth-seeded Hsieh Su-wei, of Taiwan, and seventh-seeded
Laura Robson, of Britain, won easily to reach the second round of the Shenzhen Open.
Hsieh beat Hungary’s Melina Czhink 6-3, 6-2, breaking her opponent twice in the first set and four times in the second.
Robson defeated Romania’s Edina Gallovits-Hall 6-2, 6-1 in her first match of the season. The 17-year-old Briton won 80 percent of points on her first serve.
Russian takes over points lead
In Oberhof, Germany, Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin won the second stage of the Tour de Ski and took the overall lead in the seven-leg World Cup event.
He edged teammate Alexander Legkov in a 15-kilometer classical pursuit. Vylegzhanin finished 0.1 seconds ahead of Legkov, with prologue winner Norway’s Petter Northug 6.5 seconds behind in third.
Vylegzhanin leads Legkov by 5.1 seconds entering Tuesday’s sprint stage in Val Muestair, Switzerland, before the tour moves to Italy.
Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk won the women’s 9K pursuit by 41.4 seconds over Norway’s Therese Johaug.