Kevin Berry dies
Kevin Berry, who won a swimming gold for Australia at the 1964 Olympics and set 10 world records during his career, died yesterday at the age of 61 after a fall in a nursing home, Swimming Australia said in a statement. Berry's gold at Tokyo came in the 200m butterfly and followed his three gold medals at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia. Barry, who had become ill in recent years with an undisclosed illness, was picture editor of the Sydney Morning Herald after he retired from swimming and later became head of Australian Broadcasting Corp sport. Glenn Tasker, the head of Swimming Australia, said the Australian swimming community was shocked by Berry's death.
Scott Harrison vacates title
Scott Harrison pulled out of his WBO featherweight defense and vacated his title on Wednesday, his trainer and father told Britain's Press Association. Harrison was scheduled to fight Nicky Cook on Saturday in London but Peter Harrison said his son is unable to make weight. The 29-year-old Scottish fighter was arrested for assault in southern Spain on Oct. 6 while training for the bout. He was released on Nov. 13 after paying 28,000 euros (US$37,000) bail and initial medical reports cleared him to fight. "Scott was unable to get under [60kg] and, on medical advice, was advised not to take the fight," Peter Harrison said.
Pachulia, Taylor suspended
Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia was suspended for one game by the NBA on Wednesday night for an incident involving Seattle center Johan Petro. The 21-year old center from Georgia elbowed Petro of France in the neck and head late in the third quarter in Atlanta's 102-87 loss to the SuperSonics on Tuesday night. Sacramento Kings forward Maurice Taylor, meanwhile, was suspended for five games for violating terms of the anti-doping program. Taylor has been suspended twice previously for substance abuse violations.
Premiership teams charged
Premiership sides Tottenham and Middlesbrough have been charged by the Football Association (FA) over a brawl which marred Spurs' 2-1 win at White Hart Lane on Tuesday night. The clubs have until Dec. 21 to respond and face a large fine if found guilty. The fracas was triggered by a tackle from 'Boro midfielder George Boateng on Aaron Lennon and involved almost a dozen players. Both Boateng and Tottenham's Didier Zokora were red-carded by referee Mark Halsey.
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Fiji says tournament still on
Fiji's rugby union chiefs promised yesterday to press ahead with an international sevens rugby tournament next month, despite mounting pressure to isolate the country following the military coup. "Our plans have not changed," Fiji Rugby chief executive Timoci Tavanavanua said. "We are in the process of writing to all the invited teams to reassure them that this tournament will continue as planned and that the safety of players and officials would not be in danger," he said. Fiji, the reigning world sevens champions, has not hosted an international sevens tournament since a previous coup attempt by George Speight in 2000. The New Zealand government, one of the first to impose sanctions on Fiji after Tuesday's coup, said it will hold discussions with sporting organizations.
‘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
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given