Ukrainians take gold, silver
Victoriya Shaymardanova of Ukraine won the gold medal in Sofia, Bulgaria on Friday in the women's over 75kg category during the European Weightlifting Championships. Shaymardanova lifted 125kg in the snatch and 145kg in the clean and jerk, for a combined result of 270kg. Her countrywoman Yuliya Dovhal took the silver, lifting a total 260kg (120-140). Yordanka Apostolova of Bulgaria won bronze with a combined lift of 242.5kg (110-132.5).
Stephane Provost dies
NHL linesman Stephane Provost was killed on Friday when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a tractor trailer. A 10-year officiating veteran with the NHL, the 37-year-old Provost died near his home in Weston, Florida, about 27km west of Fort Lauderdale on the edge of the Florida Everglades. Around 3:30am, Provost was traveling west on State Road 84 when he hit the rear of a semi, a Broward County Sheriff's report said. The motorcycle immediately burst into flames and fell on Provost, who was not wearing a helmet. He was declared dead at the scene.
The driver of the truck was uninjured. A Montreal native, Provost had been a member of the NHL Officials Association since September 1994. The first game he worked was between Florida and Tampa Bay in January 1995. Provost is survived by his wife, Sandra, and daughters Ashley and Reily. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized, the league said.
FA bans and fines Bowyer
Newcastle midfielder Lee Bowyer was banned for three matches and fined ?30,000 (44,000 euros) by the Football Association on Friday for his on-field fight with teammate Kieron Dyer. Bowyer pleaded guilty to violent conduct at an FA disciplinary committee hearing. "I think I got a fair hearing," Bowyer told reporters outside the FA headquarters. "I just want to concentrate on getting back playing football. I just love playing football and that's what I want to do." He has apologized for the fight during an April 2 game against Aston Villa. Angry that Dyer wouldn't pass him the ball, Bowyer threw punches at his teammate with 10 minutes left in the 3-0 loss. Both players were sent off.
Court sentences Chad Hinz
A Swedish court in Stockholm on Friday sentenced Canadian hockey player Chad Hinz to a month in jail for drunk driving. Hinz, one of the star players for Swedish club Skelleftea this past season, failed a breath test in northern Sweden on March 26 after driving his car off the road. According to local newspaper reports, Hinz had told the Skelleftea district court he was sober when he skidded off the road, but then pushed his alcohol level above the legal limit by drinking wine in his car. Skelleftea released Hinz from his contract two weeks ago, despite having two games left this season. Hinz, a seventh-round draft pick for the Edmonton Oilers in 1997, has played nine seasons in the American and Western hockey leagues.