Trophy hangs in balance
Ozekis Kaio and Chiyotaikai and rank-and-filer Miyabiyama posted wins yesterday, setting up a three-way tie for the lead on the 13th day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. The field of leaders narrowed from six the day before, with ozeki Musoyama and lower-ranked wrestlers Tokitsuumi and Tosanoumi all suffering defeats to go to 9-4. Also trailing the leaders was sekiwake Wakanosato. In the day's final bout at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Kaio easily dispatched No. 7 maegashira Tokitsuumi to improve to 10-3. Tokitsuumi had been atop the standings just two days ago. In the showdown between ozekis, Chiyotaikai made quick work of Musoyama with a flurry of arm thrusts to the throat and chest. Top-ranked maegashira Miyabiyama kept pace with the leaders, shoving out Kasuganishiki, a No. 12 maegashira.
Australia looking good
Australia led Bangladesh by 24 runs with eight first innings wickets in hand after the opening day of their first test on Friday. Australia finished the day in complete control at 121 for two after Bangladesh had collapsed to 97 all out within three hours of the start. Darren Lehmann was unbeaten on 51 at the close with Justin Langer not out 40 after Matthew Hayden (11) and Ricky Ponting (10) both went cheaply. Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee captured three wickets each as Australia's bowlers ripped apart Bangladesh in 42.2 overs. Only four Bangladesh players reached double figures with Mohammed Ashraful top-scoring with 23 and captain Khaled Mahmud making 21.
US beats Cook Islands
The US scored a morale-boasting 62-38 win over the Cook Islands on Thursday in the world netball championship, showing off progress made in the last four years. Coming into the tournament ranked No. 14, the US will leave as No. 9 if they can beat Trinidad and Tobago yesterday. The US team lost by six to Trinidad earlier. "The win brought us back to the vision ... to be ranked among the top 10," US coach Adrienne Spencer said. "Today we cut down on the errors and played smart, simple netball." Georgina Hibbert, perfect in the first half, had a game-high 47 points. The Cook Islands committed 35 turnovers. "Our entire system totally broke down," Cook Islands captain Curly George said. "Our shots were not going, our mid-court and defense left a lot to be desired. The whole thing just broke down."
Barcelona track Ronaldinho
Barcelona are still hopeful that their final take-it-or-leave-it bid to sign Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho from Paris St Germain could be enough to bring the player to the Nou Camp. "It's still open," Barcelona's director of football, Txiki Begiristain told reporters at the club's ground on Thursday. "We've made an offer to the player and to the club and we haven't moved from that position." Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed on Wednesday that the club had pulled out of a bidding war with Manchester United for the World Cup winning Brazilian. Laporta's comments appeared to give the green light for the English champions to complete the signing of a player who stated a preference for United earlier this month but Begiristain believes that Ronaldinho has now changed his opinion.
Klitschko to fight Moli
Wladimir Klitschko will fight Fabio Eduardo Moli of Argentina in a heavyweight bout on Aug. 30 in Munich. It will be Klitschko's first fight since he was knocked out in the second round by 37-year-old South African Corrie Sanders on March 8 and lost the lightly regarded WBO title. His win-loss record dropped to 40-2. Moli, with a record of 29-2 (17 KOs), will fight outside Argentina for the first time. The 34-year-old last fought on June 13, when he beat Russian Alex Vassilev over 10 rounds on points. "We decided on Moli because he is a big, hard-hitting man," Klitschko's promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl said on Thursday. "Wladimir needs a challenge to regain his confidence in the ring." Klitschko's older brother, Vitali, lost a WBC title fight to Lennox Lewis last month when the bout was stopped in the sixth round because of bad cuts around Vitali's left eye.
Qaddafi Jr plays for charity
The son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi joined French soccer veterans Zinedine Zidane, Christophe Dugarry and Bixente Lizarazu for a charity match on Thursday to raise money for children in the Sahara Desert. Saadi Qaddafi, the captain of Libya's national team, signed last month with the Italian club Perugia for next season. His agent contacted the match's organizers a week ago and asked if he could join the all-star team, which played against Bordeaux. Bordeaux, playing on home turf, won the match 4-3. Profits went to Enfants du Sahara, an association to help children in the Algerian desert. Zidane and France teammate Laurent Blanc are patrons of the group. Zidane said he was happy to see the stadium packed with more than 32,000 people. "That proves that [the public] likes to see former players," Zidane said before the match.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very