Sport in brief
England’s Charley Hull held her nerve to claim a one-stroke victory at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi. The 22-year-old from Kettering, the overnight leader, faced a battle with Jodi Ewart Shadoff, her fellow English Solheim Cup player, who dropped out of contention with two bogeys over the final three holes.
Australia bounced back from their Test series defeat with an impressive 34-run win over India in the opening one-day international in Sydney. India were without batsman KL Rahul and all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who were suspended on Friday following comments they made about women on a TV show. The pair face charges of misconduct and indiscipline. Meanwhile, former Australia captain Steve Smith’s participation in the Ashes could be in doubt, as he needs elbow surgery.
Britain’s Elise Christie won 1,500m silver on her comeback at the European Short Track Championships in the Netherlands. The 28-year-old was skating in her first individual competition since damaging ankle ligaments at the 2018 Olympics. Holland’s Suzanne Schulting won gold in Dordrecht, with the Russian Sofia Prosvirnova claiming bronze.
Drugs in sport
The World Anti-Doping Agency will announce on Jan 22 whether it is reinstating sanctions against Russia. Wada revealed the date yesterday after several weeks of controversy surrounding the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s failure to grant access to its laboratory data by a Dec 31 deadline.