Six teams end in tie at top
Norway lost to Switzerland 8-6 in the final round of matches Thursday to fall into a six-way tie for first place at the curling world championship in Victoria, British Columbia. Norway, Scotland, Germany, the US, Canada and Finland all finished 8-3 in round-robin play at the 12-team tournament. Scotland and Germany will advance to the four-team playoffs as the top two seeds because of tiebreaking procedures. Norway will face the US today, and Canada will take on Finland -- with the winners also advancing.
Fans build virtual stadium
Austrian soccer fans frustrated by snags in building a stadium for the 2008 European Championship have opted to build a virtual one of their own -- on the Internet. Software design company Datenkraft drew a virtual stadium and posted it on the Web (www.rettetdieem.at) after the proposed venue in Klagenfurt became bogged down in disputes over contract-bidding irregularities and government funding. Fans are invited to pick seats and pledge to purchase tickets -- all in support of having some of the Euro 2008 matches remain in Austria.
■ Asian Games
Vietnam enters bid to host
Vietnam's Olympic Committee said Friday it has entered a bid to host the 2014 Asian Games. The committee sent a letter to the Kuwait-based Olympic Council of Asia expressing its interests in organizing the region's biggest sporting event, said Nguyen Hong Minh, vice president of Vietnam's Olympic Committee. The OCA said in a statement earlier this week that India, Jordan and North Korea had also filed letters of intent by the March 31 deadline to bid for the quadrennial event.
Meeting addresses racism
A two-day international conference on the fight against racism at soccer stadiums was to open in Bratislava, Slovakia capital Friday. Some 100 participants from 38 groups from around Europe which fight against racism in soccer were to participate in the conference organized by People Against Racism, a civic group. Guests at the conference were to include UEFA spokesman William Gaillard and EU Education Commissioner Jan Figel, organizers said. Slovakia, which is hosting the conference, has had its troubles with soccer-related racism in the past. In 2003, Slovakia was ordered to play a home game in an empty stadium because of racist chanting and crowd trouble during a 2004 European Championships qualifier against England. UEFA also fined the Slovak Football Federation. British officials said taunts aimed at black England players Emile Heskey and Ashley Cole were the worst they had heard at a soccer game. Baton-wielding Slovak police fought with thousands of English fans at the stadium. The English Football Association was also ordered to pay a fine because of bad fan behavior.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. One of the team’s private airplanes on Thursday evening landed in Boston after returning from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to healthcare providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard met the airplane and offloaded the containers of masks onto waiting trucks for transport to warehouses for distribution. Baker secured the N95 masks from Chinese manufacturers, but had no way of getting them to the US. He
WAIT AND SEE: The estimated cost of postponement started at US$2 billion and has kept rising, but the IOC has yet to say whether it would help pay for the extra expenses Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to next year would make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged on Thursday, although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days after Tokyo’s new dates were finalized, with the Games pushed back to July 23 to Aug. 8 next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the new dates cleared up any uncertainty about the event’s future, there are still plenty of question marks as the committee begins to work with Tokyo organizers and the
MEDIA RUMORS? With no pay agreement secured and players’ representatives calling for more financial information ahead of talks, the sport had another week of bad press Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle could be sacked in a matter of days, media reported yesterday, as the embattled governing body struggles to deal with a financial crisis compounded by a shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Castle this week took a 50 percent pay cut and laid off 75 percent of Rugby Australia (RA) staff members, saying that the body would face losses of up to A$120 million (US$71.95 million) if no more rugby was played this year. With no pay agreement secured with the players and their representatives calling on RA to provide more financial information ahead of negotiations, the
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play a charity golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. CNBC, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said that the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is being organized by the PGA Tour and AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The negotiations are still being finalized, but the match pitting 15-time major champion Woods and Manning against five-time major winner Mickelson and Brady could be aired on live TV and is unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view, CNBC said. “Discussions