Armstrong engaged to Crow
American cycling hero Lance Armstrong and singer Sheryl Crow announced on Monday that they are engaged, said Mark Higgins, a spokesman for Armstrong. The two got engaged while they were holidaying in Sun Valley, Idaho. There is no wedding date as of yet. It will be the second marriage for Armstrong, who has three children with ex-wife Kristin. Rock star Crow has never been married. Armstrong retired in July after winning his seventh straight Tour de France. Last month French sports newspaper L'Equipe reported that urine samples taken from Armstrong in 1999 during his first Tour triumph tested positive for the banned substance EPO. Armstrong has denied taking any performance-enhancing drugs.
Aussies asked to talk to team
Cricket Australia yesterday appealed to Australian cricket fans to get behind their team ahead of the final Ashes Test against England starting at The Oval tomorrow. Australia trail 2-1 in the series and must beat England in the last match of the series to maintain their 16-year hold on the Ashes urn. Cricket Australia have organized a link on their Web site for fans to send messages of support to their favorite player or to the team. "We encourage Australian cricket fans to send their message of support to our team as they prepare for this important contest," CA chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement yesterday. Messages of support can be sent to the team via email@example.com
Poland to host championship
The city of Poznan in western Poland was selected to host the 2009 World Rowing Championships, the International Rowing Federation (FISA) announced at its 113th annual congress. In a vote by delegates from 56 countries on Monday, Poznan defeated Amsterdam, the Netherlands, by a vote of 104-37. Poznan successfully hosted last year's World Rowing Under-23 Championships and also one stage of last year's Rowing World Cup. This year's World Rowing Championships wrapped up on Sunday in Kaizu, Japan.
Australia win Oceania series
Australia edged the Solomon Islands 2-1 yesterday on Brett Emerton's 59th-minute goal to win the Oceania Football Confederation's World Cup soccer qualifying series. Australia won the opening match 7-0 on Saturday in Sydney and advances 9-1 on aggregate. Yesterday's match was played in humid conditions before a capacity crowd of 20,000 at Lawson Tama Stadium. Australia now plays a two-match series against the fifth-placed South American team on Nov. 12 and Nov. 16 for the right to play in next year's World Cup in Germany. It was Australia's 100th -- and final -- match in the Oceania confederation after 40 years. Australia will compete in the Asian Football Confederation from next year.
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being
FULL GAME: Henry Sosa pitched nine innings for the Guardians, allowing only six hits all night, while the Monkeys’ offense were also shut out of their game Outfielder Lin An-ko carried a big bat this week — before his Uni-President Lions ran into the Fubon Guardians last night — blasting four home runs, including a grand slam as his side won four games in a row and moved into second on the CPBL table. However, the Lions could not sustain their super-charged offense for the whole week, as they were shut out 4-0 by the Guardians in New Taipei City. Fubon’s rookie catcher, Jhang Jin-de, took a page from Lin’s playbook. With two men on, Jhang smacked a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Henry Sosa of the Dominican Republic