Mourinho

Mourinho

In Spanish football action, 

And with half a season still remaining, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has just surrendered his club's La Liga title quest to their arch rivals, Barcelona. 

This morning, Real were held to a surprise 2-2 draw at home by struggling Espanyol. 

And when Barca went on to hammer 2nd-placed Atletico Madrid 4-1 with a double from Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp Stadium this morning, the Catalans moved 13 
points clear of Real. 

That's compelled Mourinho to say in the post-match media conference, that it's now 'Mission Impossible' to stop the run of the unbeaten league leaders.

Swinging over to golf, 

Sergio Garcia carded an 11-under-par 61 yesterday to win the 2012 Iskandar Johor Open. 

Due to heavy rain over the last 4 days, the US$2 million dollar tournament had been cut down to 54 holes. 

But that didn't deter the Spaniard from finishing the 3 rounds with an 18-under-198 total. 

And Garcia won the event at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country club by 3 strokes over Jonathan Moore of the United States. 

Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee finished in 3rd place when he was 4 shots off the lead and his compatriot Thaworn Wiratchant was in a tie for 5th position. 

And the 45 year old became the oldest winner of the Asian Tour's Order of Merit title. 


Over to extreme sports, 

The US national team named 'Arizona Airspeed' were crowned 4-way formation champions at the inaugural I-Fly Singapore indoor skydiving world championships. 

At Sentosa yesterday, 2 teams representing Singapore, won 2nd and 3rd in the 2-way free-fly and Neo-freestyle categories. 

The podium finishers for each category received prize money ranging from S$2,000 to S$18,000 for the winners of the professional category. 

And there were 3 submissions for the Guinness Book of World Records. 

That included 18 skydivers in the wind tunnel at the same time.


Onto motorsports action, 

Formula One driver Romain Grosjean beat Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher, on his way to winning the Race of Champions event in Bangkok yesterday. 

The annual event pits the winners and champions from various motorsport series against each other, over several rounds in identical cars. 

And after beating Vettel and Schumacher in the quarter and semi-final stages., Grosjean went on to defeat the Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen, in yesterday's best-of-
3 race final at the Rajamangala Stadium. 

A special tarmac road track was built within the 50,000 seater stadium for this event, as Thailand is increasing its bid to host an F1 night race Bangkok in 2014.