Despite Rain, Frenchman Sets Tiberias Marathon Record

The rain pouring down on yesterday's 35th Tiberias Marathon did not prevent Patrick Tambwe of France from setting a record of 2:07:30 hours to capture the event. His time shaved 37 seconds off the previous best time, set in 2009, and earned him a $50,000 bonus. Tambwe beat Kenyan Francis Kibiwott by just two seconds. Zohar Zemiro finished first among the Israelis with a time of 2:15:06 hours, sealing his spot in the London Olympics. The rest of the Israeli delegation disappointed and did not meet the Olympic criteria. Veteran runner Haile Satayin retired after 25 kilometers due to stomach pains. Among the women, Ethiopian Tinbit Gidey Weldegebriel finished the race with the best time of 2:44:08 hours. (Rami Hipsh )

Nagging back pain took out Shahar Peer's opponent yesterday at the Hobart International tennis tournament in Australia, allowing the Israeli to advance to the semi-finals. Peer struggled for nearly two sets against Russia's Anna Chakvetadze, dropping the first set. However, when the match was at 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 for Shahar, Chakvetadze retired. The sixth-seeded Peer, who advanced to the Hobart semi-final in 2010, will today face Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, the top seed in the tournament. (Rami Hipsh )

After Maccabi Ashdod lost its second women's Premier League basketball contest on Monday at Habikaa, tension rose in the locker room between Plenette Pierson and Ashley Shields. The team worked to calm emotions this week, and the trick worked as the team came together to pummel Bnot Hasharon last night 87-49 to reestablish itself on top of the league standings. Shields scored 28 points, while Pierson added 15 in the victory. (Arie Livnat )

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is "very hopeful" another wild card team from each league will be added this season. Selig says a committee formed to work out details of expanding the playoffs from eight teams to 10 is addressing scheduling issues. A second wild card team would add a one-game showdown between clubs with the two best records in each league that are not division winners. Selig says this would condense the overall playoff schedule. He says the committee knows he's an ardent supporter of the concept. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Major League Baseball and the players' union must agree by March 1 whether to add the new round for 2012. (AP )