Angry fans attack jail
Hundreds of soccer fans in the capital Dhaka attacked a jail and an electricity office after power failures interrupted broadcasts of the quarter-final match between Argentina and Germany. A group of protesters threw stones at the gates of the central jail in Dhaka's densely populated Lalbagh district, slightly injuring more than a dozen jail security guards who attempted to prevent them from going to a nearby electricity office, Dhaka Metropolitan Police official Aminul Islam said yesterday. He said the protesters also threw stones at the home of a top official of the jail authorities during the melee. Later, another mob wielding iron rods attacked the electricity office in the same area, Islam said.
TV ratings soaring
Indians are turning into couch potatoes and guzzling beer like never before as excitement in the Asian country over the World Cup peaks, local media reported yesterday. The scenes in homes and pubs across the cricket-mad country differ little from soccer-playing countries. "A remote in one hand and brew in the other -- that is the general picture," the Hindustan Times said, reporting that beer sales had shot up by nearly 40 percent in New Delhi and Mumbai and that TV viewing in cities was up by 175 per cent on match days. Even though the Indian soccer team (ranked a lowly 117) has failed to qualify for World Cup time and again, people are becoming interested in the sport and are following the tournament closely. Soccer has taken over as the most-watched sport in India, pushing cricket into second place.
Numbers exceed targets
The World Cup has triggered an influx of visitors exceeding tourism officials' expectations. By the time the tournament ends next Sunday, the number of visitors from abroad is expected to reach 2 million, said Petra Hedorfer, head of the German Center for Tourism. Officials originally forecast the World Cup would lure 1 million visitors. Hedorfer said her organization had commissioned a survey of 1,281 World Cup visitors. It found that more than 90 percent would recommend Germany to others as a destination and 91 percent felt welcome in the country.
Averages at record level
Going into the quarter-finals, the World Cup averaged 4.86 yellow cards a game, according to FIFA. That compares to 4.25 per game in South Korea-Japan in 2002, 4.03 in France 98, 4.52 in USA 94, 3.12 in Italy 90, 2.56 in Mexico 86 and 1.88 in Spain 82. The Germany tournament is averaging 0.45 red cards a game. That's up from 0.27 in 2002, 0.34 in 1998, 0.34 in 1994, 0.31 in 1990, 0.15 in 1986 and 0.12 in 1982.
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