Paper says Bledsoe to quit
Drew Bledsoe is walking away from the National Football League, according to a newspaper report. The Dallas Morning News reported on Wednesday that Bledsoe announced his retirement after a 14-year career in football. Bledsoe, the top pick by New England in the 1993 draft out of Washington State, threw for 44,611 yards -- the seventh most in history. Bledsoe led the Patriots to two Super Bowls, losing to the Packers in the 1996 season and winning as a backup to Tom Brady five years later against the St. Louis Rams.
Czech defector dies
Ladislav Pataki, a standout track-and-field thrower and sports scientist who defected from the Soviet Union in 1985 to Silicon Valley, has died. He was 60. Pataki died on April 5 of brain cancer, according to his daughter, Noemi Marozick. The native Czechoslovakian defected to the US with the help of Olympian Ed Burke of Los Gatos. Upon arriving in Silicon Valley, Pataki found himself in a thriving community of world-class shot putters and discus and hammer throwers. Pataki used his knowledge of nutrition, physiology and biology to coach and nurture athletes, some of whom went on to hold world records.
Ex-chairman owns up
The former chairman of English Championship strugglers Luton on Wednesday admitted making irregular payments to agents on three separate occasions. But Bill Tomlins, who has resigned from the club which is expecting imminent major investment, insisted in an interview with the BBC that he made no personal gain from the transactions. And he said he had contacted the Football Association to make them aware of the situation. The FA are now holding an inquiry into the matter. Concerning his resignation he said: "There has been too much disruption surrounding the club in recent months. I feel it is appropriate for me to stand down at this time."
Persik beat Sydney FC
Indonesia's Persik Kediri rallied to defeat Sydney FC of Australia 2-1 yesterday in their postponed Group E match of the Asian Champions League. Midfielder Steve Corica led the Australian team to an early lead just eight minutes into the game, firing home a short pass from the left. Persik's defender Aris Budi Prasetya leveled the score in the 25th minute, heading home a long pass. Substitute Budi Sudarsono scored the winning goal for the host team in the 70th minute. The match was initially scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed due to a heavily waterlogged pitch.
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All Black admits assault
All Black rugby winger Sitiveni Sivivatu escaped a conviction yesterday which could have ended his World Cup dreams after admitting in court to a charge of assaulting his wife. Judge Phillip Connell said publicity surrounding the case was sufficient penalty and discharged Sivivatu without conviction, saying the assault was at the lower end of the scale of offending. Earlier, the court was told the star winger would be unable to play in this year's World Cup in France if convicted and would be unable to travel to some countries. But the judge refused a request by Sivivatu and his wife for his name to continue to be suppressed. "I'm really sorry about what I did, I totally regret it," Sivivatu told reporters.
Kamaru Usman put on a Fight Island masterclass yesterday to retain his UFC welterweight world title by grinding down a brave Jorge Masvidal in Abu Dhabi. “I’m at the top of the mountain and everyone’s looking at me,” said the 33-year-old Usman after scoring a unanimous points decision 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 on the three judges’ cards. The Nigerian-American Usman (17-1) looked the fresher fighter, with Masvidal (35-14) having taken the UFC251 headline bout at just six days’ notice when Brazil’s Gilbert Burns (19-3) tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to travel. The Las Vegas-based UFC pulled off a power-packed schedule with
MONKEYS ALSO WIN: The Rakuten Monkeys kept the Brothers from the first-half title as they dominated the Uni-President Lions, scoring four in the fourth The CTBC Brothers still need another win to clinch the first-half CPBL title, despite thrashing the hapless Fubon Guardians 17-0 yesterday, after the Rakuten Monkeys beat the Uni-President Lions 9-2. Fans of CTBC Brothers were hoping to celebrate the first-half title, with a crowd of more than 10,000 packed into the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium for their home game against the Guardians. The figure was an attendance record for this year, when baseball and most other major sports events worldwide have been played in empty venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Entering the game, CTBC had pushed their magic number down to 2, meaning
Thailand international Pitsamai Sornsai, a new arrival for Inter Taoyuan, is to lead her team against Taipei Bravo tomorrow in the 10th round of the Taiwan Mulan Football League. Sornsai, who is nicknamed Pui, has attracted interest from media and fans as the first foreigner signed to play in Taiwan’s women’s league. Inter are among six teams battling for the title this year. The addition of Sornsai is a boost for the international profile of women’s soccer in Taiwan and elevates the competition. The 31-year-old brings a wealth of experience, including from the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Championship, the Southeast Asian Games and
Preparing to complete a ninth Serie A campaign without winning the scudetto, AC Milan decided that returning to the pinnacle of club soccer required a new approach. Roc Nation, the entertainment agency of US rapper Jay-Z is at the center of it, linking up with Milan to scour the world for sponsors, and use concerts and other high-profile events to attract new fans. And who better to ask about how to end a title drought than the team who just won their league for the first time in 30 years? “We have been talking to Liverpool, because they’ve been through the same path