Sports Shorts

Hapoel TA misses out on top spot

Hapoel Tel Aviv missed the chance to overtake city rival Maccabi at the top of soccer's Premier League yesterday, going down 2-1 to Bnei Yehuda. Maccabi, which faces Hapoel Haifa today, will open up a four-point lead if it wins. In other games, Bnei Sakhnin defeated Hapoel Acre 2-1, Ramat Hasharon edged Ramat Gan, 1-0, and Maccabi Haifa extended its unbeaten run to six games with a 2-0 victory over Hapoel Be'er Sheva. The game of the round saw reigning champion Kiryat Shmona beat Maccabi Netanya 4-3. (Haaretz Sports Staff )

Cricketer Tony Greig dies aged 66

Former England cricket captain and commentator Tony Greig died yesterday aged 66 after a heart attack at his home in Sydney, Australia's Nine Network said. South Africa-born Greig, who was diagnosed with lung cancer two months ago, retired as a player in 1979 and was a commentator for more than 30 years. He captained England 14 times during 58 Tests for his adopted country. "It's a deeply upsetting time for his family and for everyone associated with Tony at Nine, and indeed for many, many others who came to know and love the man," network chief David Gyngell said. The towering all-rounder was instrumental in helping Australian businessman Kerry Packer set up the World Series of Cricket in 1977, leading the World XI side during the two years the breakaway series ran. (DPA )

Australia, Spain win Hopman Cup openers

Australia beat Germany 2-0 in tennis' Hopman Cup mixed team competition yesterday, after Andrea Petkovic had to retire from her singles match with a right knee injury. Bernard Tomic had given Australia a 1-0 lead with by beating Tommy Haas 7-6 (6 ), 3-6, 7-5, but Petkovic looked likely to force the series into a decisive mixed doubles when she won the first set 6-4 against 16-year old Ashleigh Barty. However, she called for treatment and was in tears as her right knee was bandaged. Earlier, Spain clinched a 2-1 victory over South Africa after winning the mixed doubles 6-4, 6-7 (3), 10-8. (AP )