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Donald wins Disney event and money-list title

Posted: 23 Oct 2011 03:52 PM PDT

Oct 23 (Reuters) - World number one Luke Donald captured the PGA Tour money-list title after winning the season-ending Disney Classic on Sunday with a scintillating final round that included six back-nine birdies in a row at Lake Buena Vista in Florida.

The 33-year-old Briton, bidding to become the first player to win the orders of merit on both sides of the Atlantic, fired an eight-under 64.

Donald, who also leads the order of merit in Europe, mixed 10 birdies with two bogeys to record a 17-under total of 271, two ahead of American Justin Leonard.

"That was tough, it wasn't looking good. I really hadn't got on a run and I timed it pretty well, the back nine when everything was on the line," Donald told reporters after taking his U.S. prize-money haul this season to $6.68 million.

"This was a tremendous year for me. It's very, very satisfying."

The Englishman needed to finish no worse than in a two-way tie for second place to take the money-list honours and entered the final round five shots behind the tournament leaders.

He started the week in a head-to-head battle with American Webb Simpson for the order of merit title.

Simpson, playing the final round with Donald, could not keep pace as his closing 69 left him on 13-under 275.


"Playing against the best player in the world, I expected him to play well this week," Simpson said after finishing more than $300,000 adrift of Donald overall.

"It was tough to compete against a guy that has so much confidence."

Donald's second PGA Tour win of the season came in dramatic fashion as he birdied six holes in a row from the 10th.

After hitting approach shots close at 12 and 13, Donald made a lengthy putt on 14 and capped his run with a long-range effort and an emphatic fist pump on 15.

Donald then made par on his final three holes.

Kevin Chappell (72), who held a share of the third-round lead with Leonard, ended in a tie for third place with fellow American Tom Pernice Jr (69) and South Korean Sung-Hoon Kang (68).

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Malaysian rider clinches his season’s best-ever finish in Sepang

Posted: 23 Oct 2011 04:05 PM PDT

SEPANG: Malaysia's 125cc championship rider Mohd Zulfahmi Khairuddin bagged his best-ever finish of the season when he clinched seventh spot in the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycling Championships at the Sepang circuit yesterday.

Starting from 13th on the grid, Zulfahmi of AirAsia-SIC-Ajo had a perfect start when he found himself in 10th spot after the first lap.

Although he found himself out of the leading pack, Zulfahmi stayed patient before making his move with five laps to go.

With some riders crashing out, Zulfahmi managed to finish in seventh spot.

"I waited until the final mo­­ments to make my move. The strategy worked brilliantly and I am glad I managed to clinch this result in front of the home crowd," said Zulfahmi.

He collected nine points from the seventh placing to move up a rung to 17th in the overall standings with 30 points.

His previous best finishes this season were a ninth placing in the Czech Grand Prix and 10th in the Spanish Grand Prix.

"I hope to achieve a similar result in the final round in Valen­cia and this result has certainly boosted my confidence ahead of the race there," he said.

The final round of the world cham­p­ionships will be held on Nov 6.

Meanwhile, wildcard rider Mohd Farid Badrul Hisham said he had learnt a lot from racing against the world's best in the highly competitive 125cc championship.

A total of 32 riders began the race but only 24 finished it – and Farid was the last to finish.

"It was a good experience for me. Although I have raced in the British Superbike Championship, the riders here are more competitive and more skilful. I hope to do better if I get a wildcard selection again next year," he said.


Moto2 (17 laps): 1. Thomas Luthi (Swi) Suter 36:35.114, 2. Stefan Bradl (Ger) Kalex 36:35.301, 3. Pol Espargaro (Spa) FTR 36:42.579, 4. Alex de Angelis (Rsm) Motobi 36:44.241, 5. Dominique Aegerter (Swi) Suter 36:46.608, 6. Mika Kallio (Fin) Suter 36:47.017, 7. Michele Pirro (Ita) Moriwaki 36:47.682, 8. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Kalex 36:48.077, 9. Andrea Iannone (Ita) Suter 36:49.212, 10. Scott Redding (Bri) Suter 36:51.811.

Selected: 20. Mohd Zamri Baba (Mas) Moriwaki 37:31.870, 22. Hafizh Syahrin (Mas) Moriwaki 37:41.224.

Leading overall standings (after 16 of 17 rounds): 1. Stefan Bradl (Ger) Kalex 274 pts, 2. Marc Marquez (Spa) Suter 251, 3. Andrea Iannone (Ita) Suter 172, 4. Alex de Angelis (RSM) Motobi 170, 5. Thomas Luthi (Swi) Suter 151.

125cc (18 laps): 1. Maverick Vinales (Spa) Aprilia 40:34.28, 2. Sandro Cortese (Ger) Aprilia 40:34.634, 3. Johann Zarco (Fra) Derbi 40:36.735, 4. Hector Faubel (Spa) Aprilia 40:37.201, 5. Nicolas Terol (Spa) Aprilia 40:44.329, 6. Jonas Folger (Ger) Aprilia 40:52.244, 7. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Mas) Derbi 41:12.986, 8. Jakub Kornfeil (Cze) Aprilia 41:13.379, 9. Alberto Moncayo (Spa) Aprilia 41:13.503, 10. Danny Kent (Bri) Aprilia 41:14.517.

Selected: 24. Farid Badrul (Mas) Derbi 42:51.248.

Leading overall standings (after 16 of 17 rounds): 1. Nicolas Terol (Spa) Aprilia 282 pts, 2. Johann Zarco (Fra) Derbi 262, 3. Sandro Cortese (Ger) Aprilia 225, 4. Maverick Vinales (Spa) Aprilia 223, 5. Hector Faubel (Spa) Aprilia 161.

Selected: 17. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Mas) Derbi 30.

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Khairul shoots down first ever individual recurve gold medal

Posted: 23 Oct 2011 06:48 PM PDT

PETALING JAYA: National team rookie Khairul Anuar Mohd continued his stunning rise to stardom by claiming a historic gold medal in the men's individual recurve final at the Asian Championships in Teheran yesterday.

Khairul became the first-ever Malaysian winner of the individual Olympic discipline after beating Japan's Hideki Kikuchi 6-2 in the final.

Khairul had beaten Taiwan's Hsieh Chung-hao 6-1 in the semi-finals earlier.

National No. 1 Cheng Chu Sian faltered in the quarter-finals while Haziq Kamaruddin succumbed at the last 16 stage earlier.

Khairul, Haziq and Chu Sian had combined to take the team gold on Friday.

The 20-year-old Khairul, who joined the national elite squad early this year, has certainly put Malaysian archery in the spotlight with his performances of late.

Khairul featured alongside Chu Sian and Haqiz at the World Championships in Italy in July, helping Malaysia to the maximum quota of three spots at the London Olympics next year.

He went on to become the first Malaysian to qualify for the individual final at the final leg of the World Cup in Shanghai last month before losing to world No. 1 Brady Ellison of the United States.

It was only his first appearance at the World Cup and Khairul showed it was no fluke by bagging a bronze medal at the Olympic Test Event in London two weeks ago.

His performances augur well for the team as they can look forward to an-all Malaysian final in men's recurve at the Indonesia SEA Games next month – provided Chu Sian and him get their act right in Jakarta.

There were more joy for Malaysia when Mohd Zaki Mahazan took the silver medal in the men's compound individual event after losing 138-146 to Iran's Reza Zamaninejad.

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Japan Sept exports rise 2.4% year/year

Posted: 23 Oct 2011 05:19 PM PDT

TOKYO, Oct 24 (Reuters) Japan's exports rose at a slightly faster pace than expected in the year to September, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, but the global slowdown and the strong yen are clouding the outlook for the economy's recovery from the March disasters.


Exports rose 2.4 percent in September from a year earlier, compared with a median forecast for a 1.0 percent increase and following a 2.8 percent rise in the year to August.

Imports increased 12.1 percent in September, against a forecast of a 12.6 percent rise.

The trade balance turned to a surplus of 300.4 billion yen ($3.95 billion).

That followed a deficit in the previous month and compared with a median forecast of a 198.8 billion yen surplus.

Exports to Asia, which account for more than half of Japan's total exports, rose 0.2 percent from a year earlier.

Exports to the United States were up 0.4 percent.



"The pace of recovery in exports is clearly slowing, and I'm not too optimistic about the outlook. The impact from slowing global growth will be felt more strongly, as well as the effect of yen rises.

"The Bank of Japan will likely stand pat this week. If it were to ease, it would be in response to sharp yen rises. Much will depend on how stocks and the yen perform this week.

"Japan may intervene in the currency market if dollar/yen stays sustainably below 76 or falls below 75. Unless it intervenes, the yen may continue to rise and verbal warnings alone may not be able to reverse that trend."


The Japanese economy likely rebounded in the third quarter from the damage caused by a devastating March earthquake, but is expected to slow to a crawl in the final quarter due to an intensifying euro zone debt crisis that threatens to drag down the world economy, according to a Reuters poll.

The Bank of Japan will probably cut its economic forecasts because of slowing global growth but keep monetary policy unchanged at a rate review on Thursday, unless European debt crisis talks this week disappoint and trigger market upheaval.

Euro zone leaders are striving to agree on new steps to reduce Greece's debt, strengthen the capital of banks with exposure to troubled euro zone sovereigns and leverage the euro zone's rescue fund to stem contagion to bigger economies. ($1 = 76.130 Japanese Yen)

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Military data possibly stolen in Mitsubishi Heavy hacking

Posted: 23 Oct 2011 05:12 PM PDT

TOKYO (Reuters) - Military data on weapons including warplanes and information on nuclear power plants may have been stolen during the cyber attack against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries that became apparent in August, the Asahi newspaper reported on Monday.

It is unclear if the military data, which includes information on defence equipment that Japan's Defence Ministry had ordered, is deemed as sensitive defence information, the Asahi said , citing a source close to the matter.

Mitsubishi Heavy, Japan's biggest weapons supplier, said last month that network information such as IP addresses may have been leaked but that it had so far not confirmed any leaks on its products or technologies.

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Europeans must stop dithering, Australia PM says

Posted: 23 Oct 2011 05:10 PM PDT

CANBERRA (Reuters) - European leaders must stop dithering over action to repair their troubled economies and urgently start taking real steps to restore confidence in the bloc, Group of 20 wealthy nations member Australia said on Monday.

Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard, in her strongest comments yet on the sovereign debt crisis in the euro zone, told The Australian newspaper that Europe had been "living beyond its means" for decades, with the euro single currency hampering efforts to solve the problem.

The euro zone's economic framework based around the euro meant that automatic stabilizers that would normally kick in to get the economy moving had not been available to policymakers, she said.

"I'm very concerned that European leaders have been on what appears to be a never-ending journey of just seeking to muddle through. That's not going to cut it any more," said Gillard, who will attend the Group of 20 leaders meeting in Cannes in a fortnight.

"Just muddling through on a wish and a prayer, and hoping they can jawbone markets into a better analysis of the European position, is clearly not enough," she told the paper.

"That means the 'living beyond the means' deepens and deepens and deepens. There have been very half-hearted attempts to address that, a lot of game-playing, all these audits; the EU has been sending people to Greece to tut-tut about fiscal circumstances for a long period of time, but with no real action to follow it up."

Gillard's comments were made as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel try to reach a deal over how to leverage the European Financial Stability Facility to try to stop bond market contagion.

Sarkozy at the weekend backed down in the face of German opposition to his desire to use unlimited European Central Bank funds to fight the crisis. Instead, the euro zone may turn to emerging economies such as China and Brazil for help in underpinning its sickly bond market.

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Leave children and family out of politics, says PM

Posted: 23 Oct 2011 08:34 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Children and family should be left out of politics and family matters should not be exploited for one's own political gains, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"You can debate about differences of policies in terms of weaknesses and implementation but you leave family aside," he said on Sunday at a press conference after attending a gathering with retired and former police officers.

Najib was answering a question on whether children should be left out of politics given the attacks against Lim Guan Eng's son, whom some bloggers had alleged that he had molested a schoolmate.

Najib added that politicians from both sides of the divide must adhere to the ethics of excluding families from politics.

"Everyone should adhere to it including the Opposition. That is the ideal in a modern democracy to concentrate on policy matters.

"We have to agree to certain ethics. It works both ways. I am not saying about the facts of this case. I do not know about the facts of this case," he added.

Najib also said that peaceful assemblies could be held in stadiums as shown by Himpunan Sejuta Umat (Himpun)'s calm gathering.

He compared Himpun's peaceful gathering at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday to the street demonstration by Bersih 2.0 in July and said there was a vast difference between the two.

"Congratulations to them (Himpun) as their assembly took place in a calm and controlled manner.

"That was actually my intention when the Government offered the stadium to Bersih 2.0 to conduct their assembly.

"There is a vast difference between yesterday's assembly and the chaos during Bersih 2.0. No one felt disturbed, pressured or unsafe during the (Himpun) gathering," he added.

Himpun's peaceful gathering, he added, mirrored what the Government wanted with the amendment to the Police Act which is to allow for peaceful demonstrations.

"We will study what happened on Saturday as well as the norms of other countries and summarise what is suitable for a country that practises a modern and progressive democracy," he said, adding that there must be a balance between the rights of an individual, public interest and peace and stability.

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DAP lodges police report against Khairy

Posted: 23 Oct 2011 03:58 AM PDT

GEORGE TOWN: The DAP has lodged a police report against Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin for alleged criminal defamation against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's son.

Party chairman Karpal Singh said they would also be initiating legal action for a tweet Khairy made on Oct 17 on the issue.

"The damages are going to be 'very, very' high. The attacks on Lim's 16-year-old son for allegedly molesting a schoolmate will become a point of contention in the next general election," Karpal said in a speech during a handing-over ceremony of houses to Kampung Buah Pala residents here Sunday.

"We all have children. As Lim has rightly said, we (politicians) are political targets; come for us, not our children," he said.

Karpal lodged a report at the state police contingent headquarters on Penang Road at about 5pm.

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Malaysian MotoGP: Italian rider Simoncelli dies after horrific crash

Posted: 23 Oct 2011 02:33 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: Italian rider Marco Simoncelli, 24, died after being involved in a horrific crash at the Malaysian MotoGP Sunday.

Earlier, the race was cancelled in its second lap when the Honda rider fell and was hit by Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.

Simoncelli's helmet was knocked off in the accident, which occurred when the Italian lowsided from his bike at Turn 11.

His bike veered across the track and straight into the path of Edwards and Rossi.

The race was immediately red-flagged.

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