Sports Shorts

Two Israeli judokas take medals in Germany

Alice Schlesinger has trailed of late behind Yarden Gerbi in the fight for Israel's lone ticket to the 2012 Olympics in women's judo under-63kg class. Yesterday, Schlesinger gave herself a boost, winning the silver medal at the Grand Prix in Dusseldorf. She lost by judges' decision to Japan's Yoshie Ueno, the reigning world champion for the past two years. Schlesinger beat four opponents en route to the final, including European champion Elisabeth Willeboordse of the Netherlands in the semis. Gerbi reached the quarterfinals, losing to Mongolian Munkhzaya Tsedevsuren, who went on to win bronze. Ioseb Palelashvili took his second bronze in a month for Israel in the men's under-73kg category after losing to silver medalist Kiyoshi Uematsu of Spain in the semis. Arik Zeevi and Yoel Razvozov compete today. (Rami Hipsh )

Edmonds calls it a career after 17 seasons

Jim Edmonds, a superb center fielder who also hit for power, has retired from Major League Baseball after 17 seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals said Friday. Edmonds, whose aggressive style in the outfield led to numerous injuries over a career spent mainly with the Angels and Cardinals, had hoped to play another season with St. Louis but an Achilles tendon injury pushed him to retirement. The 40-year-old Edmonds, an eight-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All Star, said the team doctor warned him about the potential of suffering permanent damage if he continued. Edmonds finishes with 393 home runs in 2,011 major league games with the Angels, Cardinals, Padres, Cubs, Brewers and Reds. He had 1,949 hits and won a World Series ring with the 2006 Cardinals. (Reuters )

Limping Virender Sehwag smashes 175 in easy cricket win for India

Opener Virender Sehwag ignored an injury to smash 175 and set up a massive 87-run win for India in the opening match of the World Cup against co-host Bangladesh yesterday. Out a desire for revenge on Bangladesh for India's five-wicket defeat in the previous World Cup, which helped lead to its first-stage exit, Sehwag hit his highest one-day score off 140 balls, leading India to 370-4. Chasing the improbable target of nearly seven and a half runs in an over, Bangladesh ended its 50 overs at 283-9, which is its highest total in a World Cup match in four tournaments. Man-of-the-match Sehwag, blasting his second World Cup century, made Bangladesh skipper Shakib bitterly regret his decision to bowl first on a placid wicket with 14 fours and five sixes. (Reuters )

Sharks down Cheetahs in wet kickoff to rugby Super campaign

The Sharks of Durban defeated the Cheetahs 24-9 in their opening Super Rugby match yesterday after a dour battle of attrition in wet conditions that put paid to any thoughts of running rugby. Forwards Jacques Botes and Bismarck du Plessis scored the hosts' two tries through close-range driving mauls in an impressive display by the pack that showed why they are among the title favorites. "It wasn't champagne rugby but we got the early-season jitters out of the way," said veteran Sharks captain Stefan Terblanche. The Sharks, whose captain John Smit was a late withdrawal through injury, opened the scoring in the third minute when flanker Botes burrowed over from a rolling maul five meters out. Naas Oliver accounted for all the Cheetahs' points with three penalties. (Reuters )

Ivry sets another national swimming record

Amit Ivry set another national record Friday at the Israel Short Course Swimming Championship, which ended yesterday in Ashdot Yaakov. Ivri swam the 200-meter freestyle in 1:58.61 minutes, 1.24 seconds better than the mark set by Anya Gostomelsky three years ago. Gal Nevo won the 400-meter medley with a time of 4:17.68 seconds. (Rami Hipsh )

No. 1 Baylor stunned, leaving UConn to return to top of women's hoops poll

Casey Morris scored 13 points to lead Texas Tech to a 56-45 win over top-ranked Baylor yesterday. Fans swarmed the court to celebrate the win, the Lady Raiders' second over a Top 25 team in the past week. The win avenged a loss in Lubbock last year when Brittney Griner was ejected for punching a Texas Tech player. Griner finished with 15 points and six rebounds to lead Baylor (24-2, 11-1 ). Texas Tech led most of the game, going ahead 52-37 with 5:23 left when Kierra Mallard hit a jumper in the lane. No. 2 Connecticut, which clocked No. 8 Notre Dame yesterday behind a Bria Hartley's career-high 29 points, will likely replace Baylor at the top of the AP Women's Top 25 poll tomorrow. (AP )