■ Auto Racing
Schumacher feels vibes
World champion Michael Schumacher said Friday he had good vibes racing around in Ferrari's latest model, the just-introduced F2004 model, at the company circuit of Fiorano. "I'm very happy since the car has been handling well since the initial laps," Schumacher said the six-time world champion who will be shooting for his fifth title in a row with Ferrari in the upcoming world Formula One championship. The car, which was unveiled on Monday, began tests Friday ahead of its debut at the Australian GP, the opening championship race, in March. Schumacher was clocked in 57.006 seconds in his fastest lap at Fiorano, better than the time of 57.045 he set on the opening day of tests of the 2003GA model in February last year.
Colombia names coach
Reinaldo Rueda has been promoted to national coach of Colombia after leading the under-20 squad to third at last month's World Youth Championship. Rueda, 46, replaced Francisco Maturana, who resigned in November after a dismal start in South American qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. Maturana, once a national hero for twice taking Colombia to the World Cup, quickly fell from grace after consecutive losses to Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela, and a draw with Argentina.
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