Benfica signs China striker
Yu Dabao, an 18-year-old striker from China, has signed a three-year contract with Portuguese club Benfica, the Beijing Times said yesterday. Currently on loan from Chinese club Qingdao Hailifeng, Yu has agreed to a more permanent move worth US$536,000 to join Benfica, which is currently second-place in the Portuguese league, the paper said. While on loan since the beginning of this year, Yu scored 12 goals in just eight appearances for Benfica's development side.
Stingley dies at 55
Darryl Stingley, the former New England Patriots wide receiver who was paralyzed by a vicious hit in a 1978 NFL preseason game, died on Thursday at the age of 55. Stingley was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on Thursday after he was found unresponsive at his home, according to a spokesperson with the Cook County medical examiner's office. The cause of death was not immediately known. "This is a sad day for all who knew Darryl Stingley," Patriots chairman Robert Kraft said.
Gators heading to NBA
With two coveted collegiate basketball championships in their pockets, Joakim Noah and his fellow University of Florida starters are heading to the NBA. Forwards Noah and Corey Brewer, center Al Horford and point guard Taurean Green all announced on Thursday they will forego their final year of college eligibility and enter the NBA draft. Shooting guard Lee Humphrey is in his final senior year of college and also headed for the pros.
Arenas likely out for season
Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas was scheduled to have surgery on Thursday on his left knee and is essentially done for the season. Arenas was diagnosed with a lateral meniscus tear and was to have arthroscopic surgery later in the day at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. The Wizards said the recovery time will be two to three months, meaning he might play again this season only if Washington manages to make the NBA finals without him. Arenas was injured in the first quarter of Wednesday night's 108-100 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Arsenal shares sold
Another US sports team owner bought into an English soccer club as Stan Kroenke, the billionaire owner of the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Rapids, purchased 9.99 percent of Premier League team Arsenal from British broadcasting company ITV. Kroenke follows Malcolm Glazer, Randy Lerner, Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. as US investors in Premier League teams. Kroenke's British-based vehicle KSE UK bought the shares on Thursday, ITV said in a statement.
‘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
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, with the fewest wins of any NHL playoff teams, ignited the rink returning from a COVID-19 hiatus with upset triumphs in Saturday openers. NHL Rookie of the Year candidate Dominik Kubalik inspired the Blackhawks to a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in game one of their best-of-five qualifying series at Edmonton, Alberta, scoring two goals and assisting on three others. “We were ready to go, and I think the game was pretty good,” Kubalik said. “I felt pretty good and everything went my way, so it’s nice, but it’s just the first game,