Big Sam set for the Toon
Former Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce appears poised to take over at Newcastle United, according to newspaper reports early yesterday. Allardyce, who ended an eight-year spell at Bolton when he quit the Premier League club last month, held talks with Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd on Friday. Shepherd likened the 52-year-old former central defender to Joe Harvey, who was at the helm when Newcastle last won a trophy in the 1969 Fairs Cup, the forerunner to the UEFA Cup. "The club needs a lift and Sam is the nearest I've seen to a replica of Joe Harvey," Shepherd was quoted as saying.
WBA title fight drawn
Puerto Rico's Jose Cotto and Thailand's Prawat Singwangcha fought to a 12-round draw on Friday in a bout for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight title. Judges Samuel Conde and Guy Justra scored the bout 114-114, while Tom Miller saw it 117-111 for Singwangcha. Cotto, the older brother of WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, started strong and landed the cleaner punches early, with Singwangcha dominating the later rounds. The decision put Cotto's record at 28-1-1, with 20 knockouts, while Singwangcha now has a record of 30-2-1, with 18 wins inside the distance.
Police to question Barton
Police are to question Manchester City and England midfielder Joey Barton over reports that he attacked a team mate, newspapers said on Friday. The Manchester Evening News quoted a spokesman for Greater Manchester police as saying: "We are due to speak to a 25-year-old man in connection with a report of assault from a 30-year-old man. Arrangements are being made for the 25-year-old man to go to a police station for questioning. Inquiries are ongoing."
Opener Imran Farhat fined
The Pakistan Cricket Board has launched its zero tolerance policy on indiscipline by fining Imran Farhat and placing him on probation for six months after the opener expressed his dissent at the national selectors. The board acted after 24-year-old Farhat telephoned chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed to complain about his omission from this month's one-day series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi. Salahuddin, a former test player, filed a written complaint to the board in which he explained that Farhat's father-in-law had also voiced his displeasure with the selectors' decision in person.
Oosthuizen leads in Spain
Louis Oosthuizen held a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Andalucia Open on Friday, while Lee Westwood carded a course record 8-under 64. Oosthuizen had a 20-foot birdie putt at the 18th to finish his round with 5-under 67 and a total of 10-under 134. The South African held a one-stroke lead over France's Francois Delamontagne (66), first-round leader Matthew Zions of Australia (70) and Italian Open winner Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain (68). Steve Jones, the 1996 US Open winner, is at 8-under 136, along with Westwood. Jones saw a bogey at No. 18 spoil his round of 67, which included an eagle 2 at the 15th. Jones, who finished 60th at last week's Italian Open, played with Westwood.
‘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,