■ Superbikes Gibernau secures pole \n \nSpaniard Sete Gibernau claimed pole position for the Australian MotoGP, waiting until the last lap of qualifying Saturday to edge ahead of Valentino Rossi on the 4.448km Phillip Island circuit. The Honda rider clocked the fastest single lap time of one minute 30.122 seconds. Rossi, who is 30 points clear of second-place Gibernau in the 2004 championship, didn't improve on his best time from Friday's qualifying session and ended one-tenth of a second behind archrival Gibernau. Loris Capirossi was next on a Ducati (1:30.613) to complete the front row of the grid. "I have felt comfortable with the bike right from the first session and we have been able to concentrate on working in the same direction and concentrating on the race," Gibernau said. \n \n■ Cricket \nTendulkar cites Warne \n \nIndian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar paid tribute to test wicket record holder Shane Warne saying the Australian has become a role model for many kids aspiring to be cricket players, a news report said yesterday. "Warne has done marvelous things for cricket and spin bowling," Tendulkar was quoted saying after the leg spinner claimed his 533rd test wicket Friday during the second test against India to claim the outright record. "He's got kids interested in spin bowling. You get plenty of guys trying to copy him," Bombay publication, the Mid-Day, quoted Tendulkar. Warne overtook Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan's tally of 532 when he dismissed India's Irfan Pathan in the southern Indian city of Madras. An elbow injury has forced Tendulkar to sit out the first two matches of the ongoing test series between India and Australia \n \n■ Auto racing \nVidal sets strong pace \n \nFrancois Vidal of Belgium won two special stages and drove his Ford Focus to the lead Friday in the Tour of Corsica rally at Ajaccio, France, while World Rally Championship leader Frenchman Sebastien stayed within 35.1 seconds in third. Duval completed the 122kmover four special stages on dry asphalt in one hour, 15 minutes, 50.6 seconds, leaving him 15.1 seconds clear of Estonian Markko Martin -- also in a Ford Focus. Loeb, driving a Citroen Xsara, is seeking to become the first Frenchman since Didier Auriol in 1994 to win the world title. \n \n■ Baseball \nNPL season completed \n \nKen Suzuki connected for a solo homer in the top of the ninth inning Saturday to lift the Yakult Swallows to a 3-2 win over the Yokohama BayStars in the last regular season game in the Central League. Yakult held a 2-0 lead after the top of the eighth inning at Yokohama Stadium but the BayStars rallied to tie the game on a double by Masaaki Koike and an RBI single by Tatsuhiko Kinjo. Suzuki broke the 2-2 deadlock with his 15th homer of the season as the second place Swallows finished ahead of the Yomiuri Giants in the standings. Yakult starter Masanori Ishikawa picked up the win after holding the BayStars to three hits over seven scoreless innings. Ryota Igarashi retired the side in the bottom of the ninth for his 37th save. The Swallows finished the regular season seven games back of the Central League champion Chunichi Dragons.
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympic Games has said that he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid. Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu, was paid US$8.2 million by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games, financial records showed. Takahashi said the work included lobbying International Olympic Committee (IOC) members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, and that he gave Diack gifts, including digital
If British industry succeeds in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would in part be thanks to the pioneering role played by Formula One (F1) racing teams in the country. Seven of F1’s 10 teams have joined forces with leading aerospace and engineering firms to ramp up production of ventilators, while Mercedes has also worked with medics and academics to produce an alternative breathing aid. Normally obsessed with improving the performance of cars that race at more than 320kph, the teams are stripping back lifesaving devices and using computer simulation to test whether more simplified models can be mass produced. The seven
BITING THE BULLET: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi said that top players would make contributions so that the club’s employees can collect 100 percent of their salary Three-quarters of Rugby Australia’s staff were temporarily laid off yesterday amid huge financial losses from the sport’s coronavirus-enforced shutdown, while Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that Barcelona’s players would take a 70 percent pay cut to ensure that the club’s other employees are paid. The cuts to rugby staff were “the toughest decision in the game’s history,” governing body CEO Raelene Castle said. “Although extremely painful, they are necessary to ensure ... we are able to come out the other side of this global crisis, fully operational and ready to throw everything into the rebuild.” The sport has been hit hard by