■ Soccer Adams refuses to go \n \nMicky Adams said yesterday he will stay on as manager of Leicester City despite his overall responsibility for the three players jailed on sex charges in Spain. Weekend newspaper reports said Adams was under pressure to quit after captain Paul Dickov, Keith Gillespie and Frank Sinclair were charged with sexual assault on Friday. "Firstly, I would like to make it clear that I am continuing as manager of Leicester City," Adams said in a statement. "It would be true to say I have thought long and hard about my own situation as a result of recent events. However, I am determined to see the job through and do my very best for the club." The alleged attack occurred while Leicester was on a training camp near Carategna, Spain. Adams returned to Leicester late Friday. "Without wishing to prejudge the criminal investigations and our own club investigation, I am deeply concerned about the actions of a minority of my players," Adams said. \n \n■ Soccer \nExplosion kills fan \n \nA Salvadoran soccer fan died and at least 20 others were injured on Sunday after an explosion on the terraces apparently caused by supporters mishandling chemicals used to create smoke, emergency workers said. The first division match between Alianza and San Salvador was scrapped after the blast at the Jorge Gonzalez stadium in the capital. The game had not started when the explosion happened. The dead man was named as Jesus Montano, 24, who was a member of the "Loyal White" group of Alianza supporters who often let off smoke and fireworks during matches. Police and Red Cross workers said fans had been handling the chemical chlorate when the blast happened. \n \n■ Soccer \nBrawl halts match \n \nA soccer match between Hong Kong's Buler Rangers and the Chinese club Nancheng Real Estate was abandoned on Sunday following a brawl between the players in southern China, officials said. The two teams were playing in a Hong Kong First Division match in the nearby Chinese city of Dongguan when the violence flared after Rangers' Nigerian striker Cornelius Udebuluzor was fouled by a Nancheng defender in the 31st minute, Rangers officials said. Rangers was leading 1-0 at the time. Rangers' midfielder Chan Yiu-lun suffered a deep cut above his eye and bruises, while three other teammates had only minor injuries. "We have four players injured with Chan suffering the worst injury after being punched and kicked by the Nancheng players," Rangers' team manager Philip Lee said. \n \n■ Horse racing \nGambler scores big \n \nAn international bettor who gambled 1 million Australian dollars (US$760,000) recouped his stake and more than half that again Monday when Lonhro won its final Melbourne race in the 2,000m Australian Cup at Flemington. Sportingbet gaming officials confirmed last week they had taken the A$1 million bet at A$1.55, meaning the stallion's win yesterday gave the gambler a total collect of A$1.55 million (US$1.17 million). It was believed to be the largest single bet placed on a horse in the past 20 years in Australia, Sportingbet officials said. The gambler was not identified. Lonhro, which edged to victory Monday in the closing meters of the race, won its 25th race in 33 starts. It has collected more than US$3.8 million in career prize money. Lonhro will continue racing in Sydney before being retired to stud to join his father Octagonal, winner of the 1997 Australian Cup, in late April.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given