Tyson's drug trial postponed
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson appeared in court in Mesa, Arizona, on Thursday and learned he will go on trial on Aug. 20 on charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs. Tyson was fresh out of a California rehabilitation facility and said very little during the five-minute proceeding. "Yes, ma'am," were his only words, uttered after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens asked if he agreed to the trial date, which was pushed back 30 days at his attorneys' request. Tyson did not speak outside the courtroom, where reporters tried to question him and followed him to a luxury sport-utility vehicle.
Online bettors jailed
A Vietnamese court has jailed 12 members of an illegal online soccer betting ring and handed suspended terms to 10 more defendants, the state-run Vietnam News Agency said yesterday. The network based in Ho Chi Minh City took online bets worth up to US$50,000 per day on matches in the Vietnamese domestic league and in Germany, Italy, Spain, Britain and in the European Championships from 2003 to 2005. The Ho Chi Minh City People's Court on Thursday sentenced 22 defendants -- three men to between four and seven years and nine men to between one and three years, the state media report said. Ten members of the network were given suspended sentences of one to three years, the news agency said.
Aussie union chief to resign
Gary Flowers said yesterday he will resign as chief executive officer of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) at the end of the year. Flowers became head of the union in June 2004. "After much thought and discussion with my family I have informed the chairman and the board of the ARU that I will not be seeking to enter a new contract," Flowers said at a media conference. "The terms of my contract stipulate that I give advance notice of my intentions and I have reached the conclusion that now is the time to announce it." Flowers replaced John O'Neill as head of the union after O'Neill left to become chief executive of Football Federation Australia, the top soccer body in Australia. O'Neill has since resigned.
Larkham considers offer
Australian star fly-half Stephen Larkham is considering an offer to join leading French club Toulouse after this year's World Cup, reports said yesterday. The club has made Larkham a "lucrative" offer to take over from Frederik Michalak, who opted to join the Natal Sharks for next year's Super 14 tourney, rugbyexclusive.com reported. "The idea of playing for a great club like Toulouse is very attractive and it certainly would be another challenge," the rangy playmaker was quoted as saying.
Chen's return questioned
Chinese badminton coach Li Yongbo said Chen Hong's comeback to competition after retiring for only two months was not good for the national team, local media reported. World No. 5 Chen, who quit the national team after being omitted from the talent-rich squad for December's Asian Games, returned to action this week as a free player at the Asian Championships in Malaysia. Chen competing as a free agent outside the national team -- paying his own tour expenses but keeping all of his winnings -- was "absolutely not a good thing for the national team," Li said.
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
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is already in Florida with the rest of his Toronto teammates, and he knows the time to take a stand and counter the NBA plan to restart the season has passed, but his opinion on the matter has not changed. “It sucks,” VanVleet said on Monday in a videoconference of his choice to return to the court during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign. “It’s terrible timing, but that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense, but
Legendary batsman Everton Weekes, the last of the famed West Indies “Three Ws,” died on Wednesday at the age of 95 and was hailed as “a founding father” of the sport in the Caribbean. “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of an icon. A legend, our hero, Sir Everton Weekes,” Cricket West Indies (CWI) wrote on Twitter. “Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans around the world. May he rest in peace.” Barbadian Weekes was part of a feared post-World War II West Indies team who also featured Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell. Walcott died in