Singh faces drug charges
Former test cricketer Maninder Singh was to appear in a New Delhi court yesterday after he was arrested in his home for allegedly possessing 1.5 grams of cocaine. Local club cricketer Sayyam Siddique, who was with Singh when police raided his New Delhi apartment on Tuesday, was arrested for carrying 100 grams of contraband charas [hashish], police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said yesterday. Both have been arrested under the 1985 Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Bhagat said. Police are investigating whether Singh kept the cocaine for personal use or was involved in the drug trade.
Davydenko eyes Austria
Nikolay Davydenko has applied for Austrian citizenship. Davydenko, who is ranked fourth, is applying for dual nationality and intends to keep his Russian passport. "The training facilities in Austria are much better than in Russia," the 25-year-old Davydenko said on Tuesday. "And an Austrian passport would make traveling a lot easier for us, avoiding the visa requirements for Russian citizens." It was unclear how long it would take for the Austrian authorities to decide on Davydenko's application. Davydenko would have to wait three years after gaining citizenship to be allowed to play in Austria's Davis Cup team. He would also be able to take part for Austria in the 2008 Olympics -- but would need permission from the Russian Olympic Committee to do so. Davydenko spent part of his youth in Germany and applied for German citizenship in 2000, but said he "never got a reaction" from the German tennis federation, which he had asked to help him.
Judge restrains Kircus
A judge issued a restraining order against Broncos receiver David Kircus in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, a day after he was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault at a weekend party. Kircus, who resumed his NFL career last season after spending a year away from football working in a fast-food shop, is free on US$6,000 bail. If convicted, he could be sentenced to two to six years in prison. The restraining order bars Kircus from drinking or possessing alcohol. Sheriff's investigators said Kircus got into an argument when he was asked to leave a party early Sunday, hit a man and broke bones in his face. The man was treated at a hospital. The extent of his injuries were not available, and his name was not released. Kircus is a backup receiver and return specialist who joined the team last season. He had nine receptions for a team-leading 20.8 yards per catch and returned six punts for a 14.3-yard average last season.
Iraqi official found dead
The vice president of the taekwondo union was found dead south of Baghdad on Tuesday after being kidnapped on his way home from his sister's wake, the Iraqi Olympic Committee said. Walid Mohammed Abdullah, 43, was abducted and killed near the town of Mahmudiyah in the same Sunni insurgent stronghold where three US soldiers went missing 11 days ago after a pre-dawn raid that killed five of their comrades. "We regret these sorts of incidents which befall athletes at a time when they are struggling to represent the country and serve Iraqi athletics," committee president Bashar Mustafa said. "These acts reflect this dangerous period that Iraqi athletes are confronted with at the present time," he added.
‘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