Bangladesh whip Zimbabwe
Abdur Razzak grabbed five wickets as Bangladesh whipped Zimbabwe by 26 runs in the third one-day international in Bogra, Bangladesh, on Tuesday to gain an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. The left-arm spinner finished with a career-best haul of 5-33 as the hosts defended their modest total of 220 by dismissing Zimbabwe for 194. Middle-order batsman Sean Williams slammed a career-best 68 for a second successive half-century, but his effort failed to stop Bangladesh from winning the day-night match.
Red Sox, Drew clinch deal
The Boston Red Sox and outfielder JD Drew have agreed on a five-year, US$70 million contract, Drew's agent Scott Boras said on Tuesday. The deal is pending a physical, which Boras said should take place in the next several days. The signing could be a precursor for the Red Sox to finally move slugger Manny Ramirez, who has been involved in trade rumors for each of the last several seasons. Drew, 31, hit .283 with 20 home runs and a career-high 100 RBI this past season.
Schumacher honored in Italy
Michael Schumacher was granted honorary citizenship on Tuesday in Ferrari's hometown. The seven-time Formula One champion spent the last 11 years racing for Ferrari before retiring in October at the end of this season. Maranello Mayor Lucia Bursi presented Schumacher with the keys to the city inside the Enzo Ferrari auditorium, as Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo looked on. Schumacher offered his thanks in Italian, a language he rarely speaks in public. "I'm very honored," he said. "Thank you to everyone that made this possible." The mayor of Kerpen -- Schumacher's hometown in Germany -- said in October that the city will not bestow any honors on the driver because of his lack of "social commitment" to the town. Schumacher now lives in Switzerland.
Nino suspended over drugs
WBC light flyweight champion Omar Nino of Mexico was temporarily suspended on Tuesday after testing positive for methamphetamine after last month's title bout, Nevada boxing regulators said. He is the first boxer to test positive for methamphetamine in Nevada. The Nevada Athletic Commission decided to keep Nino out of the ring until it could hold a formal hearing, probably in January, commission executive director Keith Kizer said. Two tests on a urine sample taken after the Nov. 18 title fight came back positive, enough to bring a case before the commission, Kizer said. Nino has denied using the drug.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017