Samoan drops complaint
Australian nightclub doorman Allan Teli withdrew a complaint that Springboks captain John Smit used a racist slur against him, according to South Africa Rugby in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday. Teli, a Samoan doorman at a Sydney nightclub, said Smit called him "a black [expletive]" upon being asked to leave on Sunday night. He said Smit was intoxicated. Teli laid a formal complaint with SA Rugby, but the union said he withdrew it in writing. Smit denied the charge, and SA Rugby said it was dropping its investigation. "The past few days was very unpleasant, but I was able to get through it thanks to the wonderful support I received from everyone," Smit said in a SA Rugby statement.
Czechs defeat Fins 2-1
Jiri Burger scored his second goal in a penalty shootout to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 victory over Finland in the Ceska Pojistovna Cup in Liberec, Czech Republic on Thursday. Earlier, Sweden edged Russia 2-1 in St. Petersburg with Mika Hannula netting the game-winner on a rebound with 32 seconds left. Maxim Sushinsky gave Russia a 1-0 lead at 7:52 in the first period. Jonas Nordquist equalized at 8:35 in the second. Russia outshot Sweden 39-28. At Liberec, Jan Marek scored for the Czechs while Tomek Valtonen replied for Finland in the first period. The tournament is the first on the European Hockey Tour -- the unofficial European Championship. Other tournaments this season are in Russia, Finland and Sweden. Russia is the defending champion. The Ceska Cup ends tommorrow. All remaining games will be played at Liberec. The Czechs face Sweden while Finland plays Russia in the next round today.
Argentina leads pack
Charlie Bell scored 20 points and Aaron McGhee added 19 to lead the US to a 91-77 victory over Uruguay in the second round of the Americas World Championship qualifying tournament in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Thursday. The US (4-2) moved into a tie for second among the eight quarterfinalists with Venezuela. Argentina (5-1), which clinched a berth in the world championships next year in Japan by winning the Athens Olympics, is first. The top four teams advance to Japan, and if Argentina is one of them, the fifth-place team qualifies. The US team, comprised of players from European leagues, the CBA and National Basketball Developmental League, finishes the second round against Puerto Rico.
Greece won't appear
Greece pulled out of the baseball World Cup for financial reasons on Thursday and will be replaced by the Czech Republic. Greece withdrew less than a day before the 18-team tournament started because federation president Panos Mitsiopoulos claimed its expenses were not being met. "We have not received any state subsidies in 2005," Mitsiopoulos said.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on