In brief - 2005-11-09

  • 2005-11-09
CSKA beat Dynamo 2-1 in a heated Moscow derby on Nov. 6 to clinch the Russian Premier League title with a game to spare. The win gave the UEFA Cup holders CSKA an insurmountable four-point lead over last year's champions Lokomotiv and their Moscow rivals Spartak, who will meet in the season's finale on November 19 to decide second place, which also guarantees a spot in Champions League qualifiers next year.

Latvian football players Igors Slesarcuks from Ventspils and Viktors Dobrecovs from champion team Liepajas Metalurgs scored the most goals in this year's Premier League season, the Latvian Football Federation reported. Both althletes scored 18 goals over the season. Slesarcuks scored two goals on 11-meter penalty kicks, while Dobrecovs scored three such goals. Liepajas Metalurgs team member Aleksandrs Katasonovs came in third place with 17 goals.

Ukraine's world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (photo) again postponed his WBC title defense against Hasim Rahman due to a knee injury. He incurred the injury to his right knee while sparring on Nov. 3. Klitschko has already pulled out of fights with America's Rahman twice this year because of thigh and back problems. "I had a special bandage fitted to my knee but sparring was still difficult," he said.

Kenya's Paul Tergat (photo), a world-champion distance runner, won the men's New York Marathon with a time of two hours, nine minutes and 30 seconds. In the final few meters, Tergat pushed ahead of defending champion Hendrick Ramaala for a thrilling finish. Ramaala collapsed across the finish line just one a second behind him.

Estonian tennis player Maret Ani beat Italy's Mara Santangelo to win her first professional tournament on Oct. 24. The San Rafael 2005 victory placed Ani among the top 100 for women's singles in the WTA Tour. Before the tournament, the Estonian was rated 110, and now she's been moved up to 95. Ani beat fellow Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6:4, 6:2 in the first two rounds. This was Ani's first win against Kanepi, who she hadn't played since 1998.