Montoya fined for gesture
Ex-Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya was slapped with a US$10,000 fine on Wednesday for making an obscene gesture during a NASCAR Busch Series practice session in Phoenix, Arizona. The Colombian was handed the fine and placed on probation until Dec. 31 for raising his finger to a cameraman last week. The racing series said Montoya's action -- which was captured live on US television -- was "detrimental to stock car racing." Montoya, a former Indianapolis 500 winner, told ESPN television that he accepted the punishment but added the gesture was made in fun and not with malice toward anyone. Montoya, a former Indianapolis 500 winner, told ESPN television that he accepted the punishment but added the gesture was made in fun and not with malice toward anyone. "I really feel bad that the incident happened," Montoya said. "It was only meant as a joke to one of my friends. I completely understand NASCAR's point of view and their decision."
Hackett regains hunger
Seeing Beijing and its Olympic stadiums has helped Australian star Grant Hackett regain his hunger to once again dominate world swimming. But first the 26-year-old needs to shake off the effects of a leg infection. Olympic champion Hackett was placed on a drip on Wednesday and given a strong course of antibiotics to help ease swelling in his right leg, the Melbourne Herald Sun reported yesterday. The 26-year-old, who is on a fact-finding mission to Beijing ahead of next year's Games, said; "I just can't believe cuts on my legs from reef coral on my honeymoon can turn into this. I'm just so relieved they got to it early because it could have been a lot worse." Hackett was hopelessly out of sorts at last month's world championships in Melbourne but being in Beijing helped whet his appetite again.
Morrison bout in doubt
Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison needs to give more medical information to Texas state officials before they rule on his boxing license application for a bout today. The 38-year-old former WBO champ returned to boxing this year after retiring 11 years ago when tests revealed he had contracted the AIDS virus. He is to face Dale Ortiz in a four-round bout at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Houston. Patrick Shaughnessy, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, could not say whether the additional medical information concerned Morrison's AIDS status. He said state officials expected to receive the information yesterday and a decision on the application most likely would come the same day.
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Meads made life member
All Blacks great Colin Meads was made a life member of the New Zealand Rugby Union at its annual meeting in Wellington yesterday. Meads, 70, played a record 133 matches for New Zealand, including 55 tests, between 1957 and 1971. He captained the All Blacks 11 times, including four times in test matches. Meads later coached the King Country provincial team, for which he played most of his 361 first class games, and was an All Blacks selector and manager. He served on the New Zealand Rugby Union council from 1992 to 1996. Meads was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 1997 and in 1999 was voted New Zealand Player of the Century.
‘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
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being