Devout boxer facing ban
Champion Australian boxer Omar Shaick faces a two-year ban after refusing a urine sample under the supervision of testing officers. Coach Chris McCullen said yesterday that Omar's Muslim faith meant that no one was allowed to see his genitals. "I've got to say that Omar is the most strictest religious person I've come across," McCullen said.
Ibrahimovic joins Inter
Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Inter Milan, becoming the latest player to leave demoted Juventus. Juventus said in a statement yesterday that it would get 24.8 million euros (US$32 million) from Inter over the next three years. Gazzetta dello Sport and other reports said the player signed a four-year contract. Ibrahimovic had been seeking to leave Juventus, even threatening to take legal action to secure his release. But Juventus earlier this week had reportedly rebuffed an Inter offer as too low. Juventus was stripped of its last two Serie A titles, relegated to Serie B and docked points for next season by a sports tribunal last month for its role in Italy's match-fixing scandal. The sanctions sparked an exodus of players, including Gianluca Zambrotta, Lilian Thuram, Emerson, Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira.
Adriaanse quits FC Porto
Dutch coach Co Adriaanse resigned on Wednesday from FC Porto after just one season with the Portuguese champions, the club said in a statement. FC Porto gave no reason for his departure, but earlier on Wednesday Dutch news agency ANP said a "rift in confidence" between the 59-year-old coach and the club's management was behind his decision to leave. Assistant coach Rui Barros, a former FC Porto midfielder, will step in as caretaker coach until a permanent replacement is found. Assistant Jan Olde Riekerink, skills coach Chris Kronshorst and goalkeeping coach Wil Coort also resigned along with Adriaanse, according to ANP. Adriaanse joined FC Porto in May last year after previous spells at Dutch sides AZ Alkmaar and Willem II Tilburg, becoming the fourth manager to sign for the club since the departure of Jose Mourinho in June 2004 to Chelsea. Under his guidance FC Porto captured the Portuguese league and cup double. His departure comes just three weeks before the start of the new Portuguese premier league season and on the eve of the club's trip to England where it will stage a number of training sessions and matches.
■ Ice Hockey
Bruins' Sinden steps down
Harry Sinden, president of the Boston Bruins for the past 17 years, has stepped down but will serve as an adviser to owner Jeremy Jacobs, the National Hockey League club announced. Sinden, 74, has served as coach and general manager during 40 years associated with the team, including Stanley Cup championships in 1970 and 1972 that are the Bruins' only NHL titles since 1941. Sinden's job will not be immediately filled, leaving new general manager Peter Chiarelli to oversee operations. Sinden became coach of the Buins in 1966 and guided the club to a title in his fourth season. He took over general manager's duties in October 1972 and finished with a 1,170-763-301 record and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. Sinden fired former general manager Mike O'Connell in March after the Bruins missed the NHL playoffs for the first time in four seasons.