Portugese great Eusebio dies
Eusebio, the Portuguese soccer star who was born into poverty in Africa but became an international sporting icon and was voted one of the 10 best players of all time, died Sunday at age 71, his longtime club Benfica said. Eusebio da Silva Ferreira became affectionately known as the Black Panther for his athletic prowess and clinical finishing that made him one of the world’s top scorers during his heyday in the 1960s for Benfica and the Portuguese national team. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment was to lead Portugal to a third-place finish at the 1966 World Cup, but his agility and speed made him one of Europe’s most dangerous forwards for most of a career that lasted two decades. ...
At London, West Ham’s gamble of playing a team of youngsters and reserve players backfired when the Premier League club was thrashed 5-0 by second-tier Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup. ...
Gareth Bale has recovered from a left leg injury and is available for Real Madrid for Monday’s Spanish league home game against Celta Vigo.
Hewitt upsets Federer
At Brisbane, Australia, Lleyton Hewitt won a title for the first time since 2010 with an upset 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win at the Brisbane International over Roger Federer, his oldest rival on the tour. The 32-year-old former No. 1s have met 27 times since 1999, and after Sunday’s unexpected victory, Hewitt has improved his record to nine wins against the 17-time Grand Slam champion. ...
Venus Williams Sloane Stephens John Isner, Gael Monfils Rafael Nadal
At Chennai, India, top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka regained the Chennai Open title with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France.
French seek Schumacher video
A French state prosecutor says he wants to obtain an alleged mobile-phone video of a skiing accident that critically injured Formula One legend Michael Schumacher. A German magazine reported that an unnamed 35-year-old man had contacted the magazine claiming to have captured on video Schumacher’s Dec. 29 accident at the Alpine ski station of Meribel. Schumacher’s spokeswoman said the ex-racer remains in stable but critical condition with head injuries. ...
At San Luis, Argentina, Carlos Sousa of Portugal leads the cars and Joan Barreda Bort of Spain lead the motorcycles after the first stage of the Dakar Rally. The two-week rally, with more than 400 entered, will wind through Argentina into Bolivia, and then head south to the finish in Valparaiso, Chile.
Celski, Smith qualify for three events
At Kearns, Utah, J.R. Celski won the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic short track speedskating trials, giving him three individual events to compete in at the Sochi Games. Jessica Smith won both of the women’s 1,000 finals, and she’ll skate in three individual events in Sochi.
Clemson’s Resler finishes 10th
At Athens, Ga., Clemson’s Jessica Resler led the Tigers in the women’s platform with a 10th-place finish at the Georgia Invitational with 207.10 points in five dives. Megan Helwagen was 13th of 29 divers at 195.15, Emily Yoder was 16th at 187.85. LSU’s Cassie Well won the event with 291.70 points.
From Staff and Wire Reports