Wade considers surgery
All-Star guard Dwyane Wade is considering season-ending surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder, which would be the biggest loss yet for the Miami Heat during their rocky reign as NBA champions. Wade was hurt in Wednesday's 112-102 loss at Houston. He flew home on Thursday in a private plane and was examined at a hospital by team physician Harlan Selesnick, who conducted a battery of tests. "Wade is presently weighing his treatment options provided to him by the Heat medical staff. [He] still needs to discuss these options with his family and Heat president and head coach Pat Riley, and will then decide what course of action to take," the team said in a statement.
Regardless of the decision, the Heat's bid to repeat was further weakened. They may be hard-pressed merely to make the playoffs.
The injury stung especially hard because it came in the first game in which Wade, Riley and Shaquille O'Neal have been together since mid-November.
Tua outpoints Hawkins
New Zealand's David Tua extended his winning streak to five bouts and remained in contention for a world heavyweight title fight, outpointing Robert Hawkins in a 10-round fight at Roseland Ballroom on Thursday. Tua, who weighed in at 109kg, improved to 47-3-1. Hawkins, an American who also weighed in at 241, dropped to 21-7. "Winning the world championship is the only thing that matters and I'm going to do everything in my power to reach that goal," the 34-year-old Tua said. Tua has victories over Oleg Maskaev, the current WBC titlist, as well as three former champions in Michael Moorer, Hasim Rahman and John Ruiz. "Two or three more fights and I'll be ready," Tua said.
Flachi banned over cocaine
Sampdoria captain Francesco Flachi was suspended by the Italian soccer league on Thursday, a day after the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) announced that the 31-year-old striker had tested positive for cocaine. Traces of the drug were found in the player's system in a random anti-doping test after Sampdoria's 2-0 home defeat to league leader Inter Milan on Jan. 28. Flachi reportedly said on Wednesday that he was calm and that he would clarify everything at the opportune moment. Flachi can ask for his backup "B" sample to be tested in line with CONI protocol. If he fails that, too, he could face a long ban. Flachi was banned for two months by the Italian soccer league in September for illegal betting.
Bettini wins California stage
Paolo Bettini, the Italian world road champion racing for the first time in the US, won the fourth stage of the Tour of California on Thursday, while Levi Leipheimer maintained the overall lead. Bettini, riding for Quick-Step/Innergetic, surged in the final 100m to complete the 213km stage in five hours, five minutes, 47 seconds. Germany's Gerald Coilek, racing for T-Mobile, was second. Leipheimer, the US star riding for the Discovery Channel, finished 22nd in the main pack and kept his three-second margin over CSC rider Jens Voight of Germany. The riders faced heavy periodic rain for much of the first half of the stage. The cyclists also rode most of the day along the Pacific coastline in tailing crosswinds that increased the riders' pace. The winner's average speed was 42kph.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very