Coach's sons cause trouble
Two of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid's sons are under investigation -- one for suspicion of pointing a gun at a motorist, the other for a car accident just hours later, after which police said he admitted using heroin. Britt Reid was questioned by police after a man matching his description in an SUV registered to Andy Reid and his wife brandished a weapon at another driver in an argument on Tuesday, authorities said. Police said they seized a shotgun and a handgun, along with containers of white powder or residue from the vehicle. On the same day, Britt's older brother, Garrett, was found with drug paraphernalia after his SUV collided with another vehicle in nearby Plymouth Township, police said. Officers detained Garrett Reid and recovered two used hypodermic needles and a knife.
■ Ice hockey
Malkin claim dismissed
The Pittsburgh Penguins declared victory in its battle for Evgeni Malkin when a federal court dismissed two complaints by Metallurg Magnitogorsk against the player, the Penguins and the National Hockey League (NHL). The dismissal by the US District Court in New York had been expected since Nov. 15, when Judge Loretta Preska denied Metallurg's request for a temporary injunction blocking Malkin from continuing to play in the NHL. The Russian team declined to appeal that ruling.
Hands off team, Chavez says
Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's baseball-loving president, ordered a local governor allied to his leftist government to back off of plans to nationalize an admired local team on Thursday. Chavez berated Carabobo State Governor Luis Felipe Acosta Carlez at a news conference, saying that his government's plans to take over companies in the telecommunications, electricity and other strategic sectors did not include the Magallanes baseball team, which is based in the state capital, Valencia. "Acosta Carlez, don't interfere with the Magallanes. Leave those people alone," said Chavez, who is a fervent Magallanes fan.
Dolphins, Giants to visit UK
The Miami Dolphins will host the New York Giants in a regular-season National Football League game in London later this year. A person familiar with the pro gridiron league's decision told reporters on Thursday that the Dolphins will move a home game overseas. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement would not be made until after commissioner Roger Goodell's Super Bowl news conference yesterday. The Dolphins and Giants will play in September or October, and the game will be scheduled around a bye week for both teams. The schedule won't be released until early spring. The game will be held at either the new Wembley Stadium or Twickenham, home of English rugby.
Anthony denied All-Star spot
Denver forward Carmelo Anthony, whose season has been marred by a ban for fighting, was snubbed in the selection of the NBA All-Star reserves. Anthony wasn't among the reserves -- selected by NBA coaches -- announced on Thursday for the Feb. 18 showcase in Las Vegas. He leads the league in scoring, but recently returned from a 15-game suspension meted out for his role in an ugly brawl in December. He could still be appointed as an injury replacement by NBA commissioner David Stern, who handed down the suspension.
Betis hold Sevilla in cup
Sevilla drew 0-0 with Real Betis in an uneventful Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg on Thursday. The result at Sevilla's Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium handed Betis a slight advantage when it hosts the second leg on Feb. 28. Although Sevilla are 14 places above Betis in the Spanish league, there was little to choose between the teams in a dull first half. Sevilla made greater progress after the interval but failed to threaten the Betis goal until the 78th minute when striker Frederic Kanoute deflected a free kick just over the bar. Marti caught Betis goalkeeper Pedro Contreras out of his goal with a long-range volley which bounced narrowly wide two minutes later in the game's final chance.
■ Rugby Union
Fan fracas costs Thomas
Gareth Thomas will miss Wales' Six Nations opener against Ireland tomorrow after receiving a four-week ban for misconduct. A European Rugby Cup disciplinary panel suspended Thomas on Thursday and also fined him 7,500 euros (US$9,800) for his confrontation with Ulster supporters while playing for Toulouse in a European Cup game on Jan. 21. The winger, who was found guilty of misconduct but cleared of aggressive behavior, also misses games against Scotland and France unless he lodges and wins an appeal.
Banned for being too good
Cambodia has banned foreign players from taking part in its cup competition for being "too good," the country's soccer chief said yesterday. "They're taller, stronger and more experienced, so it's unfair if we let them play," said Sao Sokha, chairman of the Cambodian Football Federation. "They're too good compared with Cambodian players. We are not discriminating against foreigners, but the prime minister wants to give our Khmer players a chance to win and to gain some national pride," Sao Sokha said.
Rangers owner eyes Reds
Tom Hicks, owner of the Texas Rangers baseball club and the Dallas Stars ice hockey team, is close to adding Liverpool FC to his list of sports holdings. Hicks has agreed to join George Gillett Jr, owner of the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club, in a bid to purchase the five-time European champion, a person familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The decision by Hicks to join Gillette's bid was first reported by the Dallas Morning News on its Web site on Thursday. Hicks would have a 50 percent stake in the group.
Champ stripped of belt
The World Boxing Council (WBC) declared the light flyweight champion vacant on Thursday, stripping Mexico's Omar Nino of the title for testing positive for methamphetamine following a bout on Nov. 18. Brian Viloria of the US, currently ranked first in the weight class, will fight second-ranked Edgar Sosa of Mexico for the title, the WBC said. The WBC said the winner will have to defend his title against Nino. "In light of the fact that the WBC believes that Nino did not voluntarily commit this infraction, and considering that his clean record has won him the trust of this organization ... we are declaring that Nino will be the challenger for whoever is the new champion," a WBC statement said.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’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