Critical director resigns
A Liverpool club director who criticized the leadership and transfer dealings of manager Rafa Benitez resigned from the club's board on Tuesday. Liverpool said Noel White resigned with immediate effect after 21 years on the board. He quit after admitting he was the anonymous director who had made criticisms of Benitez to a British newspaper last week. "The board considers that the statements made do not reflect its own views and that this is not the Liverpool way of doing business," Liverpool chairman David Moores said. "The proper place for debate is around the boardroom table."
Lippi turns down Qaddafi
Italy's World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi turned down an offer from Lybian leader Muammar Qaddafi to manage the Libyan national team, and says he only wants a club job, excluding him from any interest by Mexico as well. "He [Qaddafi] wanted me, it's true," Lippi was quoted as saying on Tuesday by online newspaper quotidiano.net. "I received 10 or so offers after the World Cup from very important federations, but I declined the various proposals," he said.
Agent accused of smuggling
A sports agent was indicted by the federal government on Tuesday in a scheme that allegedly involved smuggling elite Cuban baseball players to the US. Gus Dominguez, of Los Angeles-based Total Sports International, was indicted along with four others with organizing and financing the smuggling ring. Geoffrey Rodrigues, Robert Yosvany Hernandez, Ramon Batista, and Guillermo Valdez were charged along with Dominguez. Law enforcement officials accuse Total Sports of sneaking several baseball players off the communist island in August 2004. Some of the players are playing for minor league clubs. Federal prosecutors allege Dominguez and the others used speed boats to transport the players and civilians to Florida.
Club linked to cocaine cartel
Colombian second-division soccer club Cortulua is a front company for one of the South American country's four most wanted cocaine kingpins, US officials assert. They are freezing any US assets that belong to the team. In a news release, the US Treasury Department identified Cortulua among 10 companies and seven individuals who allegedly operate on behalf of Carlos Alberto Renteria Mantilla, one of the four leaders of the Norte del Valle cartel, the country's biggest. The team is based in Tulua near the southern city of Cali, long a hotbed of Colombia's narcotics trade. Cortulua qualified for the Copa Libertadores in 2002, has played in the Colombian first division as recently as last year and appears ready to return to the top flight next season.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
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
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
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, with the fewest wins of any NHL playoff teams, ignited the rink returning from a COVID-19 hiatus with upset triumphs in Saturday openers. NHL Rookie of the Year candidate Dominik Kubalik inspired the Blackhawks to a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in game one of their best-of-five qualifying series at Edmonton, Alberta, scoring two goals and assisting on three others. “We were ready to go, and I think the game was pretty good,” Kubalik said. “I felt pretty good and everything went my way, so it’s nice, but it’s just the first game,