Masked men shoot at player
Detroit Pistons guard Flip Murray says gunshots were fired into his home, after two people in masks approached a female friend who was returning with him from a nightclub. Police said no one was injured. There are no suspects and the intent of the masked males was not clear, police said on Wednesday. Murray, who signed with the Pistons last July, told Troy police in suburban Detroit he was not aware of being followed. He said he had just arrived home from the club early on Monday when he found someone standing on the front porch, pointing a gun toward him and ordering him to approach the door. A second man was spotted standing behind the first. Murray slammed the door in the man's face, police said. Murray told police he then heard gunshots fired, and police later determined two shots were fired through the front door, with a third piercing a window next to the door.
Urlacher fined over cap
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined US$100,000 by the National Football League for wearing a cap during media day for the Super Bowl championship game that promoted a sponsor not authorized by the league. NFL rules prohibit gear that advertises any product but a designated sponsor, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Wednesday. Urlacher was fined for drinking vitaminwater and wearing a vitaminwater hat during the media session in Miami leading to the title game. Gatorade is the NFL's official sports drink.
Canada Gracia takes lead
Belgian Discovery Channel rider Gianni Meersman won the Tour of Georgia third stage on Wednesday, as Saunier Duval's David Canada Gracia took the overall lead. Meersman emerged from a leading group to grab the victory in the 190km stage from Rome, Georgia, by one second over Canada Gracia of Spain. Meersman seized victory in four hours, 33 minutes and 18 seconds, ahead of Canada Gracia, with Slovenia's Janez Brajkovic third. Canada Gracia took the overall lead with a total time of 13 hours, 34 minutes, 21seconds.
Still no wind in Valencia
Consistent weather was the reason organizers chose Valencia for the 32nd America's Cup. They just didn't expect it to make the most headlines -- for the wrong reasons. Light winds canceled sailing in the Louis Vuitton Cup for the third straight day on Wednesday and team meteorologists said the outlook wouldn't improve before tomorrow, meaning another two full days of racing were likely to be lost. If that's the case, teams will have to make up eight races -- on top of losing today's reserve day -- before the end of the second stage of round-robins on May 6.
Lopez, Mariners clinch deal
All-Star second baseman Jose Lopez and the Seattle Mariners agreed on Wednesday to a four-year contract with a club option for 2011. The Mariners and Lopez's agent, Martin Arburua, had talked about a new deal back in spring training. Lopez's previous contract called for him to earn US$420,000 this season. "I'm grateful to the team because they didn't have to extend my contract at this time. [General manager] Bill Bavasi and the staff have been great to me," Lopez said. "I really like this organization. The city and the fans are great. I hope to be here for many years to come."
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
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