Patrick Roy to retire
Colorado's Patrick Roy is retiring, ending the 18-year career of one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history. Roy was to make the announcement at a news conference yesterday, team spokesman Jean Martineau said. A four-time Stanley Cup champion, Roy leaves as the NHL's career leader in victories with 551 and games played with 1,029. He also is the all-time leader in playoff victories, games played and shutouts. Roy is still considered one of the best goalies in the game at age 37, but he has been bothered by arthritic hips the past few years. He also has made it clear he wants to follow the career of his oldest son, Jonathan, a goalie who will start playing in Quebec this fall.
Ono `Player of the Year'
Japan midfielder Shinji Ono has been voted Asian Player of the Year for last year after helping Dutch club Feyenoord win the UEFA Cup, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said yesterday. The 23-year-old edged out Japan team mate Junichi Inamoto (Fulham), South Korea striker Ahn Jung-hwan (Shimizu S-Pulse) and China midfielder Li Tie (Everton) to become the third Japanese player to win the award since its introduction in 1994. Former Japan captain Masami Ihara won it in 1995 and Parma midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata received the award in 1997 and 1998. Ono will be presented with the AFC trophy on June 4 when Feyenoord play his former J-League club Urawa Reds in a friendly at Saitama Stadium. He becomes the first person to win both the AFC Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards, having won the latter in 1998.
Coach attacker pleads guilty
A man who pleaded innocent in the father-son beating of a Kansas City Royals base coach changed his plea to guilty Tuesday and will be sentenced June 18. William Ligue Jr. was charged with two counts of aggravated battery last September after leading his teenage son onto the field and beating coach Tom Gamboa at a Chicago White Sox game in Comiskey Park. Ligue's son, released to his mother's custody, was sentenced to five years' probation and 30 hours of community service. Before his sentencing, Gamboa advocated probation rather than prison. The change of plea was unexpected and not part of a plea agreement, said Marcy Jensen, spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney's office. She said his sentence could range from probation to five years in prison.