General sports news (1082)
PHILIPSBURG - The S.B.B.A. (St. Maarten Basketball Association) had its first Team representative meeting on Dec 16th, 2011 to start with Preseason knockout 2012.
PHILIPSBURG - Twelve-year-old, Leonardo Knol, sailing for St. Maarten, took top honors at the 5th annual SOL International Optimist Regatta held November 5th. Second place went to Hosea Williams (15) of Antigua, coached by Olympic medalist, Karl James.
Third place went to another St. Maarten youngster, Nathan Smith (9).
The former Chelsea boss, out of work since May and who has spent much of the intervening time in London and who has been linked with a potential vacancy at Tottenham Hotspur, is poised to replace Antoine Kombouare as coach.
EUROPE - A 5-0 victory over ten-man Wigan enabled Manchester United to draw level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City on Boxing Day, as Roberto Mancini's men were held to a 0-0 draw against West Brom on a day that saw Fulham strike a major blow to Chelsea's title ambitions.
At Old Trafford, Dimitar Berbatov's hat-trick and goals from Park Ji-sung and Antonio Valencia saw a makeshift Manchester United side cruise to a five-goal win over Wigan - who had striker Conor Sammon sent off in the first half.
Terry learnt just 24 hours earlier that he will be charged by the Criminal Prosecution Service for alleged racist comments he made towards Anton Ferdinand during the west London derby at QPR in October.
Two goals from Sergio Aguero and one from Adam Johnson were enough to give Roberto Mancini another comfortable victory, although City fans would be unwise to celebrate too soon - just eight sides that were top at Christmas have gone on to win the Premier League title.
EUROPE - Udinese's Antonio Di Natale capitalised on a defensive blunder to secure a 1-1 draw and deny Celtic the away victory they needed to book a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. Tottenham also failed to go through, despite beating Shamrock Rovers 4-0 in Ireland.
The visitors took the lead in the 29th minute when Gary Hooper took advantage of a mix-up in the Udinese defence to tap in from a yard out and Celtic looked well placed to progress from Group I as runners-up.