■ SwimmingPhelps caught driving drunk
Michael Phelps, the American swimming phenomenon who won six gold medals at the Athens Olympics, has been arrested and charged with drunk driving. Police said Phelps, 19, was arrested last week in Salisbury, Maryland, after running a stop sign and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drinking under the legal age of 21. "I made a mistake," Phelps said Monday night. "Getting into a car with anything to drink is wrong, dangerous and unacceptable. I'm 19, but no matter how old you are, you should take responsibility for your actions, which I will do. I'm extremely sorry." If convicted of the charge of driving under the influence, Phelps faces a year in jail and a US$1,000 fine. Phelps, who also won two bronze medals this summer in Athens, returned home to multimillion-dollar endorsement deals for numerous companies, which his arrest might put in jeopardy.
Greece players vie for award
Six Greek players have been named in an initial list of 50 for the European Footballer of the Year award, sports daily L'Equipe reported on its Web site on Monday. Traianos Dellas, Angelos Charisteas, Michalis Kapsis, Antonis Nikopolidis, Yourkas Seitaridis and Theodoros Zagorakis are in line for the prestigious continental award after Greece made history with their Euro 2004 triumph in Portugal in June. Six French players, including Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane and the Arsenal duo Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, are also in the running for the award, along with seven Brazilians. The winner of the Golden Ball as the European Footballer of the Year is decided by a poll of European soccer journalists from 52 countries.
China to host Johnnie Walker
China will host the US$2.3 million Johnnie Walker Classic next year, organizers announced on Tuesday, the richest golf tournament ever to be staged in the world's most populous nation. The prestigious tri-sanctioned event featuring the best players from the European, Asian and Australasian tours will be staged at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Pine Valley Course in Beijing from April 21 to April 24. It is the first time in the 14-year history of one of Asia's biggest golf tournaments that the event has been held in China. The Johnnie Walker was first staged in Hong Kong in 1990. Over the past 14 years, the event has been played in eight different Asian cities on over 10 different golf courses. Past winners of the event include some of the best known names in international golf, with Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman all getting their names on the trophy.