In brief - 2004-10-06

  • 2004-10-06
Car engine failure robbed Estonia's Markko Martin of a possible podium place at the World Rally Championship's Sardinia Rally held Oct.1-3 in Italy. Petter Solberg came first, while Sebastien Loeb's second place at the Sardinia Rally brought him one step closer to the world championship title. Loeb is 26 points ahead of Solberg, who has 75 points. Carlos Sainz is third with 61 points and Martin fourth with 59 points.

Top-ranked Roger Federer easily dismissed an injured Andy Roddick, 6-4, 6-0, on Oct. 3 to win the Thailand Open at Bangkok and the 12th straight ATP Tour final that he's reached, joining John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg as the only players in the past 25 years to accomplish the feat. "It would be nice to break their record, but I'll take one tournament at a time," said Federer, who has won 10 titles this year.

Shares in Manchester United soccer club rose sharply after it was confirmed that a takeover bid had been made for the club. The bid is widely believed to have come from U.S. sports tycoon Malcolm Glazer, who already owns a 19.7 percent stake in the club. If the takeover goes ahead, Glazer will inherit a debt-free business and a highly lucrative global brand. However, the club recently reported a 30 percent drop in profits and fans have expressed their unhappiness at the move, saying that it would be a disaster for too much power to be concentrated in the hands of one individual.

The Japanese sensation Ichiro Suzuki has smashed one of Major League Baseball's oldest records and earned himself a place among the pantheon of baseball greats when he broke the 84-year-old mark for hits in a single season on Oct. 1. Ichiro finished with 262 hits, five more than Hall of Famer George Sisler, which he achieved in 1920. But Ichiro received hundreds of death threats warning him not to break one of baseball's most revered records. His historical achievement was the one bright spot for the Seattle Mariners, who narrowly avoided the club's first 100-loss season since 1983.