In brief - 2004-09-15

  • 2004-09-15
Tallinn's FC Levadia, which currently leads the Estonian soccer Premier League, has widened the gap at the top of the table from second-place FC Flora with a 5-2 win over Tartu FC Merkuur on Sept.11. Levadia has 55 points, while Flora and TVMK have 48 points each, with just five games left to play. Levadia finished third in the league last season.

Roger Federer beat Lleyton Hewitt to win his first ever U.S. Open title and his third Grand Slam victory in a year, a feat that hasn't been achieve since 1988. Federer produced a virtuoso performance, winning the game 6-0, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0. Hewitt had reached the final without dropping a set, and many expected it to be a more closely fought contest. In the women's final, Svetlana Kuznetsova beat fellow Russian Elena Dementieva, making it an impressive three Grand Slams in a row for the Russians.

Jonah Lomu, the leading try scorer in rugby world cups, said he's returning to full health after a kidney transplant six weeks ago. The 29-year-old New Zealander, who scored 15 tries at the 1995 and 1999 world cups, underwent surgery in July after having dialysis treatment for more than a year. He was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease in 1996. In February, Lomu said intensive dialysis had damaged nerves in his feet and calf muscles and he would end up in a wheelchair if he couldn't find a kidney donor. He has vowed to play in the next World Cup, even though doctors have warned him that doing so could damage the new kidney.

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has suggested that the Spanish club might attempt to sign Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard. The Spanish giants tried hard to secure Arsenal's Patrick Viera this season, but the French international opted to stay with Arsenal instead. Twenty-four-year-old Gerrard admitted that he was close to leaving Liverpool but new boss Rafael Benitez persuaded him to stay. Reports say that Madrid will make a move for Gerrard when the transfer window opens in January. Should Gerrard make the move to the Bernabeu, he will join a strong English contingent of players that includes David Beckham, Michael Owen and Jonathan Woodgate.