Sports Shorts

Celtic beats Motherwell 2-0 to reclaim lead in Scotland

Celtic reclaimed the top spot in the Scottish Premier League yesterday after beating Motherwell 2-0 on two goals in a four-minute span. Motherwell started the day two points ahead of the reigning champions but was soundly beaten at Fir Park thanks to Gary Hooper's 32nd-minute opener and Adam Cummins' own goal in the 35th. Scott Brown missed a penalty for Celtic in the 56th following a foul on Kris Commons by Cummins, who received a red card for the challenge on a miserable afternoon for the defender. After a poor start, Celtic has a one-point lead with a game in hand over its nearest challengers. (AP )

Russia to have 12 stadiums in 11 cities for 2018 World Cup

Twelve venues in 11 Russian cities will host the 2018 World Cup finals, FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the tournament organizers announced during a live television show yesterday. On Friday, soccer's world governing body FIFA decided to drop Krasnodar and Yaroslavl from the list, retaining Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov, Sochi, Saransk and Yekaterinburg. Moscow will have two venues - 90,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium, which will stage the final, and a 45,000-seat arena that is being built by the Spartak club. It will be the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe and in Russia. (Reuters )

Iowa runs past Minnesota 31-13

Mark Weisman ran for 177 yards, 155 in the first half, to lead Iowa to a 31-13 win over Minnesota yesterday in a major regional rivalry. Christian Kirksey's 68-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the win for Iowa (3-2 ), which bounced back from last week's disappointing 32-31 loss to Central Michigan to win the Big Ten opener for both schools. Minnesota (4-1 ) was off to its best start since 2004, but couldn't get anything going on offense yesterday. The Hawkeyes scored three touchdowns during a six-minute span of the second quarter to jump out to a 24-0 halftime lead. It was Kirk Ferentz's 200th game as Iowa>s head coach. (AP )