Typhoid strikes spinner
Scotland cricket officials have withdrawn left-arm spinner Glenn Rogers from the World Cricket League Division one tournament in Kenya after the player contracted typhoid, officials said. Rogers is said to have contracted the illness in Mombasa during a pre-tournament one day international tri-series.
■ Motor Racing
Andretti dynasty drives on
US teenager Marco Andretti, grandson of former Formula One champion Mario, will have a second test with Honda next week, the team said on Friday. The 19-year-old had his first taste of Formula One at Jerez in Spain in December. Honda said Andretti would drive last year's RA106 car in Jerez on Wednesday and Thursday. "We were impressed with Marco during his first test with our team and he performed well in the short time he had in the car," said sporting director Gil de Ferran in a statement. Andretti is the son of former CART champion Michael Andretti.
■ Horse Racing
Equine star to retire
Hong Kong's greatest-ever racehorse, Silent Witness, is set for his final race today after a stellar career in which he has smashed numerous records, according to reports. "Silent Witness has come to the end of the road and he will be retired after this race -- and that's win, lose or draw," managing owner Archie da Silva was quoted as saying by the South China Morning Post. "He has been such a great horse that [my wife] Betty and I do not want to see him like this, being beaten and losing face." The seven-year-old horse, who has a degenerative condition in his hind joints, won 17 straight races from his debut in 2002.
Montenegro names coach
Former Red Star Belgrade and Benfica striker Zoran Filipovic was named on Friday as the first coach of Montenegro's national squad, a statement from Montenegro's Football Association said. Last month, Montenegro became the 53rd member of Europe's governing football body, UEFA, after the country split from its former partner Serbia. The national squad will play its first international on Feb. 24, in a friendly against Hungary in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica. Filipovic was a member of the coaching staff of the Yugoslav team at the World Cup in France 1998 and Euro 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Caption stokes tensions
A photograph caption in a brochure for this year's Cricket World Cup has opened up longstanding ethnic tensions between Guyana's East Indians and its African-descendant population, an official said on Friday. The International Cricket Council ticket brochure captions a photograph of the India-financed Providence stadium being built for coming games, saying that "with Guyana's distinct Indian heritage you are sure to experience the fusion of West Indian and East Indian culture." Following outcries by the main opposition Peoples National Congress Reform-One Guyana, which is mainly supported by the black population, the government has written to the ICC seeking an explanation. "The words on the brochure are unfortunate. It was never the intention of the LOC [Local Organizing Committee] or anybody in Guyana to have any sort of division," said Sports and Culture Minister, Frank Anthony.
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympic Games has said that he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid. Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu, was paid US$8.2 million by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games, financial records showed. Takahashi said the work included lobbying International Olympic Committee (IOC) members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, and that he gave Diack gifts, including digital
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play a charity golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. CNBC, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said that the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is being organized by the PGA Tour and AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The negotiations are still being finalized, but the match pitting 15-time major champion Woods and Manning against five-time major winner Mickelson and Brady could be aired on live TV and is unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view, CNBC said. “Discussions
If British industry succeeds in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would in part be thanks to the pioneering role played by Formula One (F1) racing teams in the country. Seven of F1’s 10 teams have joined forces with leading aerospace and engineering firms to ramp up production of ventilators, while Mercedes has also worked with medics and academics to produce an alternative breathing aid. Normally obsessed with improving the performance of cars that race at more than 320kph, the teams are stripping back lifesaving devices and using computer simulation to test whether more simplified models can be mass produced. The seven