■ Rugby Union
Toulouse out for revenge
Toulouse get their eagerly-awaited opportunity for revenge over Biarritz today as they aim to wipe out the memory of last season's 40-13 humiliation in the French championship final. Toulouse go into the match with the advantage of being only one of two teams in this year's tournament with an unbeaten record in three games while Biarritz suffered a shock 25-18 loss to Narbonne last week. The champions, chasing a third successive title, are also suffering an injury crisis with international second row forward Jerome Thion out for three weeks with a rib injury picked up in the midweek 54-0 drubbing of Bayonne.
Player charged, released
Forward Bryant Matthews, a former American collegiate basketball player with Virginia Tech, had his contract terminated by the Sydney Kings after being charged with sexual offenses. The National Basketball League club said yesterday that Matthews, 24, was charged by police with two counts of sexual intercourse without consent following an incident on Aug. 29. No other details were released by the police. The Kings immediately tore up the Matthews' contract. He also played for a short time with the Brisbane Bullets last year. "I am deeply disappointed in the circumstances, but we had no hesitation in taking this course of action," said Kings chief executive Simon Allatson.
Naseem released, tagged
Former world featherweight champion `Prince' Naseem Hamed learned on Friday that he will be released after serving just 16 weeks of a 15-month prison sentence. Hamed, 32, was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court on May 12 this year after being convicted of dangerous driving following an incident in May last year. But prison sources confirmed he will be released wearing an electronic tag next week under the Home Office's home detention curfew scheme. The boxer had destroyed his Mercedes McLaren car in a high-speed crash in the UK Peak District after driving at around 144kph on the wrong side of the carriageway while approaching a blind dip in the road. Hamed's car smashed into a Volkswagen Golf driven by Anthony Burgin, who suffered fractures to every major bone in his body as a result.
Bristol City players jailed
Wales defender Dave Partridge was jailed along with two of his Bristol City teammates on Friday for their part in an alcohol-fuelled brawl. Partridge, 27, was sentenced to two months in prison for causing bodily harm during the fight in October 2005, while City colleagues Steve Brooker, 25, and Bradley Orr, 23, were both given 28-day jail sentences. A fourth City player, Scott Brown, 21, was ordered to do 100 hours of community punishment as a result of the clash outside Romeo Browns nightclub in the center of Bristol. Partridge, currently on loan at League One Leyton Orient, was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to bystander Andrew Rowley, who he hit during the fracas. The players were said to have been drinking for eight hours when Partridge became involved in a fight with the nightclub's bouncers after they had ejected him for spilling his drink over a female customer.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is already in Florida with the rest of his Toronto teammates, and he knows the time to take a stand and counter the NBA plan to restart the season has passed, but his opinion on the matter has not changed. “It sucks,” VanVleet said on Monday in a videoconference of his choice to return to the court during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign. “It’s terrible timing, but that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense, but