German wins longest race
Germany's Madhupran Wolfgang Schwerk won the 4,988km Self-Transcendence event, capturing the world's longest foot race in 41 days, eight hours, 16 minutes and 29 seconds, organizers announced on Thursday. The 51-year-old completed 5,649 laps around a 833m loop at a school and upon paved sidewalks in the ultra-running event ahead of Finland's Ashprihanal Aalto, 35, by two days, seven hours, 33 minutes and four seconds. Racers began every morning at six starting June 11 and can race as long as they desire until a mandatory midnight break with food, medical care and rest facilities available at the start-finish line. Suprabha Beckjord, 50, was 14th overall and the only woman to finish, doing so on Thursday after 60 days, four hours, 35 minutes and 24 seconds.
Tall Black banned over dope
New Zealand point guard Mark Dickel has tested positive for cannabis ahead of the world championships in Japan, Basketball New Zealand said yesterday. Dickel, who played college basketball for the University of Nevada, has been suspended from New Zealand's two-match warmup series against Qatar which started yesterday. He was randomly tested after a recent match between New Zealand and Australia and his A sample showed traces of cannabis. Basketball New Zealand said Dickel had admitted using the drug. "We encourage the Tall Blacks to act as role models for young Kiwis and this is clearly not what we stand for," coach Tab Baldwin said.
Everton fine midfielder
Everton fined midfielder Andy van der Meyde an undisclosed amount on Thursday for breaking curfew after claims his drink was spiked on a night out. "I have spoken with Andy and he is sorry for what has happened," manager David Moyes said. The Dutchman broke curfew rules by being out less than 48 hours before a match -- Everton played Aberdeen on Tuesday. Van der Meyde was admitted to Arrowe Park hospital on Monday morning after suffering breathing difficulties from what his partner claimed was a "spiked drink." Police are investigating the claims.
Mayo wins Tour of Burgos
Euskaltel-Euskadi rider Iban Mayo won the Tour of Burgos on Thursday as Illes Balears racer Jose Ivan Gutierrez took the final stage, a 174km ride between Miranda de Ebro and Burgos. Gutierrez won a race for the line over the final 2km in 3 hours, 51 minutes and 22 seconds, but it was Mayo who took the overall plaudits as he secured victory in a total 15:45:32, 49 seconds ahead of Jose Pecharroman of Comunidad Valenciana, with Daniel Moreno Fernandez completing the final podium. Carlos (VMC) was second on the day, a wheel rim ahead of Italian MRM rider Simone Cadamuro after Jose Joaquin Rojas and Nacor Burgos fell back having made an early breakaway at the 30km mark at Barcina del Barco.