■ Hockey \nFears of NHL shut-down \nWayne Gretzky fears the NHL could be shut down for as long as two years if a labor deal is not reached soon. Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading scorer and part owner of the Phoenix Coyotes, said an "even more alarming" scenario could await the league if the lockout is not settled in the next few days. "I'm scared we could be looking at a year, year-and-a-half, two years, not just three months like a lot of people thought back in September," Gretzky said at a news con-ference. The NHL board of governors is to meet on Jan. 14 in New York. \n■ Soccer \nTsunami victims honored \nFrench and Italian footballers will show their solidarity with the victims of the Asian tsunamis this week, observing a minute's silence and collec-ting donations. All 64 clubs playing in the French Cup will pay tribute to the victims of the devastating tsunamis, the French football federation announced on Monday. "A minute's silence will be ob-served before kick-off at all games ... to show solidarity with the victims," the fed-eration said. Both Paris St. Germain and Marseille football clubs said they would collect donations for charities helping those affected by the disaster that has killed an estimated 150,000 people around the Indian Ocean. \n■ Athletics \nDe Lima enters marathon \nBrazil's Olympic bronze medalist Vanderlei De Lima will take part in Japan's Lake Biwa Marathon in March, organizers said on Monday. De Lima chose the March 6 race as his first marathon since battling to third at the Olympics in August after being attacked by a crazed spectator while leading in Athens. The 35-year-old lost about 20 seconds after being shoved off the road by defrocked Irish priest with about 6km to run. Italian Stefano Baldini went on to win gold. De Lima, honored as Brazil's sportsman of the year by the Brazilian Olym-pic Committee (COB) last month, won the 1996 Tokyo Marathon. \n■ Rally Racing \nGordon wins Dakar stage \nAmerican Robby Gordon won his second stage of the Dakar Rally and regained the overall lead on Monday's trek from Rabat to Agadir in Morocco. Gordon, who also won the first stage of this year's two-continent race, covered the day's 123km timed section of stage four in one hour, 14 minutes and one second in his Volks-wagen Touareg. Defending champion Steph-ane Peterhansel of France was second in his Mitsubishi in a time of 1:14.54, with France's Bruno Saby third in 1:15:09, also in a VW Touareg. Overall, Gor-don has a 59-second lead over Peterhansel and a lead of one minute, 14 seconds over Saby.
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
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
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