Carlos signs with Turks
Turkish champions Fenerbahce said yesterday that they had signed veteran Brazilian full-back Roberto Carlos from Spain's Real Madrid. Fenerbahce vice-president Murat Ozaydinli said in a statement on the Istanbul club's Web site that the deal was clinched in a meeting late on Tuesday with Carlos' agent Dino Pasalic. "Our meeting for the transfer took only 15 to 20 minutes. We told them our principles and the deal was sealed," Ozaydinli said. "We signed a player who perfectly fits Fenerbahce's traditions." He added that the 34-year-old Brazilian was expected to come to Turkey soon to sign the contract. The statement did not mention the duration of the contract, but Turkish newspapers said Carlos had signed for two years.
Former player ran sex ring
Former NFL player Bob Buczkowski pleaded guilty to helping run a million-dollar prostitution ring with his girlfriend out of his parents' suburban home. The 43-year-old Buczkowski pleaded guilty on Tuesday in court in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to two counts of promoting prostitution, six counts of possessing and dealing cocaine and other charges. He agreed to turn state's witness against others charged in the case, if their cases go to trial. State prosecutors said Buczkowski and girlfriend Amy Schifano ran the escort service Buckwild Entertainment, which did business as B.A.G. Enterprises. Buczkowski provided the muscle and Schifano allegedly was the madam, prosecutors said.
Magic, coach to ax contract
The Orlando Magic and Bill Donovan are planning to cancel the contract Donovan signed to coach the NBA team tomorrow, ESPN reported on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Magic have offered the job to former Miami Heat coach Stan Van Gundy. Both sides are still working out the details, ESPN.com said. That report, citing multiple sources, said Donovan and the Magic have agreed upon a non-compete clause, requiring Donovan to refrain from coaching in the NBA for five years as one of the terms of his release from the contract. After guiding the University of Florida to its second straight national championship title in April, Donovan was introduced as the Magic's eighth coach on Friday.
Player accused of assault
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman, who is already serving a suspension, has been accused of assaulting two men in the state of Georgia, US media reported on Tuesday. The men reportedly accused Thurman and his cousin of punching them at a weekend party, then later returning with guns drawn. A judge will hold a pre-warrant hearing tomorrow to determine whether an arrest warrant should be issued for Thurman and his cousin.
Coach fuels `kamikaze' spirit
Japan coach Ivica Osim is trying to instill the daring spirit of the "kamikaze" in his players ahead of their tilt at a third straight Asian Cup next month. In a gamble, the Bosnian tactician employed what he called a "kamikaze" line-up of five midfielders, including Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura, behind Eintracht Frankfurt striker Naohiro Takahara, for their match against Colombia on Tuesday. "It was a dangerous option. Still, the kamikaze option worked in part. We managed to survive," Osim said after Japan held the Latin American side to a scoreless draw.
Uncertainty grips next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympic Games: Will there be fans or empty stadiums in 14 months? How will thousands of athletes, staff members and technical officials travel, be housed and stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic? And the Tokyo Games are not the only event. China, where COVID-19 was first detected, is to hold three mega-sports events in the year after the Tokyo Olympics are set to close. The World University Games in Chengdu, China, are to open, with up to 8,000 athletes, only 10 days after the Tokyo Games close. Next come the Beijing Winter Olympics beginning on Feb. 4, 2022,
PANDEMIC HYGIENE: Players had their temperatures checked, carried their own equipment and towels, and tapped rackets to congratulate the match winners Alison Riske and Danielle Collins of the US and Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic were among the winners on Friday, the opening day of a women’s tennis mini-tournament in Florida that offered professional players an opportunity to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The WTA women’s tennis tour canceled four more events this week and is not to resume until at least July 20. However, four women ranked in the top 60 in the world turned out for the UTR Pro Match Series event in Palm Beach, which followed a similar event for men two weeks ago. World No. 51 Collins toppled 28th-ranked compatriot Amanda Anisimova
The Rakuten Monkeys remained atop the CPBL table, despite a 5-7 loss to the Uni-President Lions in Taoyuan yesterday, while the CTBC Brothers fell to the Fubon Guardians at the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium. The visiting Guardians blasted three home runs in their 7-3 triumph, helping Dominican pitcher Henry Sosa pocket his second win of the season. Improving his record to 2-2, Sosa sailed through seven innings, allowing six hits while striking out five. He gave up one earned run in the opening frame, with two Brothers relievers mopping up the final two innings. Fubon’s marquee stars, designated hitter Hu Chin-lung and first baseman
Georgian tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili, ranked 27th in the world, was on Sunday charged with physically assaulting his ex-wife, prosecutors said. A court in Tbilisi charged Basilashvili with perpetrating “violence against a family member committed in the presence of a minor,” before releasing him on US$30,000 bail, prosecutor Natia Guruli said. He faces up to three years in prison if found guilty. Basilashvili’s ex-wife, Neka Dorokashvili, on Sunday told Mtavari TV that Basilashvili “physically assaulted” her on Friday in the presence of their five-year-old son. Basilashvili denied the charges, his lawyer Irma Chkadua said. The 28-year-old won his second ATP Tour title at the China