Reveler falls off street sign
A South Korean soccer fan was in critical condition yesterday after falling off a street sign while celebrating his country's victory over Togo in the World Cup, police said. The case prompted police to warn revelers to tone it down. The 25-year-old man, whose identity was not released, was among around 5,000 fans who flooded downtown Sydney early yesterday after watching South Korea bring home a 2-1 victory over Togo. The man climbed on top of a street sign, but fell heavily to the pavement, police said. Police administered first aid to the man until an ambulance arrived and to took him to Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where he was placed on life support.
England followers at risk: fan
Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell has stoked anti-English racism by refusing to support the England team playing at the World Cup in Germany, an England fan charged in remarks published yesterday. Allan Robinson, 44, accused McConnell of putting English people living in Scotland at risk, after Robinson's windows were smashed because he was displaying the St. George's flag, the Times reported. Police said that they were investigating an "act of vandalism" on Robinson's home in Coatbridge in which three windows were smashed during the opening game of the tournament last Friday. Asked last month whether he would be supporting England, McConnell said: "No, I will not. Scotland is not there and that's disappointing. And there are people who think that as First Minister I should automatically support England instead. But football is not about politics, so I will not be."
Boisterous fans shot dead
Thai police are searching for a gunman who shot and killed two soccer fans at a beach resort after complaining they were cheering too loudly during a broadcast of Italy's World Cup opener against Ghana, officials said yesterday. The two men, both Thais, were watching Italy's 2-0 win over Ghana at a restaurant on Monday at the Thai beach resort town of Pattaya, and erupted in roars when Italy scored its first goal, said Panipha Wattakul, a girlfriend of one of the victims. A man seated at a nearby table asked them to quiet down, prompting a heated argument during which the man pulled out a handgun and shot the soccer fans at point blank range, said colonel Somnuek Chanket, the Pattaya police chief. The victims were identified as Chamlong Rongsaeng, 30, and Somnuek Sonkun, 41. Police know the identity of the gunman, who fled after the shooting, Somnuek said.
All bets are off, police insist
Police are boosting patrols in public meeting places to prevent soccer fans from gambling, drinking alcohol or disturbing the peace during World Cup broadcasts, a news report said yesterday. People caught placing bets on World Cup matches face a maximum one-year prison sentence and a fine under laws that make gambling illegal, Peng Ang Lee, director of the police criminal investigation department, was quoted as saying by the Borneo Bulletin newspaper. Authorities will also fan out across coffee shops and outdoor restaurants to arrest "undesirable elements that turn wild, creating noise or bringing alcoholic drinks to watch the matches," the daily reported.
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