Webb makes All-Star team
Arizona pitcher Brandon Webb will replace Colorado pitcher Brian Fuentes on the National League roster for tomorrow's All-Star Game in San Francisco, Major League Baseball announced on Saturday. The reigning NL Cy Young Award award winner, Webb is 8-6 with a 3.27 ERA this season. He was a candidate in the NL final vote for the All-Star Game but missed out to San Diego's Chris Young. Fuentes announced on Friday that he would miss the game because of a mild strain of his lattisimus dorsi muscle.
Salazar leaves hospital
Alberto Salazar was released from the hospital on Saturday, one week after the three-time New York City Marathon champion had a heart attack. Officials at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center declined to provide details of Salazar's departure or his condition. Salazar, 48, collapsed while coaching distance runners at the Nike campus outside Portland, Oregon. Doctors inserted a stent and determined that he had suffered a heart attack. "He's not relinquished any of his coaching," said Kara Goucher, who placed second in the 10,000m last month at the US athletics championships.
Alcine wins WBA title
Joachim Alcine scored a unanimous decision over Travis Simms to win the World Boxing Association light middleweight title on Saturday. Simms (25-1) was ineffective against Alcine in a bout at Harbour Yard Arena that saw both fighters have points deducted for excessive clinching. The 36-year-old southpaw, who was making his third defense of the WBA belt since winning it from Alejandro Garcia on December 13, 2003, was knocked off-balance in the ninth and was ruled to be down when his glove touched the canvas. Alcine (29-0, 18 KOs) received scores of 114-111, 115-110 and 116-109 en route to his first major championship. It was the first bout in the US since May 2003 for the 31-year-old Haitian, whose previous 12 fights took place in Canada. Another champion lost his crown Saturday as International Boxing Federation flyweight titleholder Vic Darchinyan was knocked out by Nonito Donaire in the fifth round of their bout. Previously unbeaten, Darchinyan (28-1) was outboxed from the start and was tagged by a left hook 38 seconds into the fifth that left him on the mat for several minutes. The 31-year-old Armenian southpaw was making his seventh title defense.
USOC apologizes for joke
The US Olympic Committee (USOC) apologized to Brazil on Saturday after one of its employees jokingly compared South America's largest nation to the Congo, making headlines and prompting outrage from local politicians. Brazilians cringed at the photo, published on the front page of Rio de Janeiro's O Globo newspaper, of a whiteboard at the USOC's press center for the Pan American Games where someone scrawled "Welcome to the Congo!" O Globo called the joke "full of prejudice" as US athletes arrive to compete in the games, which begin next week. Rio de Janeiro Mayor Cesar Maia told CBN Radio that Brazilians are understandably sensitive about being compared to much less developed countries -- especially by Americans, who are often seen here as arrogant in their views on other nations.
Bellamy move delayed
Wales captain Craig Bellamy has passed a medical and agreed personal terms for a move to West Ham United, but his ?7.5 million (US$15.1 million) transfer from Premier League rivals Liverpool has been delayed. The east London club said on Saturday that a private contractual issue between Bellamy and Liverpool had to be resolved before any transfer could be completed. "The player is due to meet with Liverpool on Monday morning, and we expect to complete the transfer soon after," said a statement on West Ham's Web site. After Liverpool's 3-2 win over Wrexham in a friendly on Saturday, manager Rafa Benitez told reporters: "He [Bellamy] has signed with West Ham. It's done. It's a good move for him."
Hakuho posts debut victory
Mongolian Hakuho posted a win in his debut as grand champion yesterday while compatriot and fellow yokozuna Asashoryu was upset on the first day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. After forcing Tokitenku back to the edge, Hakuho got a left-hand grip on his opponent's belt and lifted the komusubi out to pick up his first win at sumo's highest rank. Asashoryu looked set for an opening day win but stepped out over the straw ridge after forcing komusubi Aminishiki to the edge of the ring.
Indian batsmen in the runs
India batsmen Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik and skipper Rahul Dravid all made fifties against Sussex on the first day of the opening match of the England tour at Hove on Saturday. Gambhir led the way with 81, Karthik made 76 and Dravid was 57 not out as India ended the first day of four against the English county champions well-placed on 281 for three. Dravid had added an unbroken 75 for the fourth wicket with VVS Laxman (37 not out), at the close. Karthik and Gambhir put on 129 for the second wicket following the early loss of Wasim Jaffer. Karthik then had the distinction of becoming Saqlain Mushtaq's maiden first-class wicket for Sussex. The former Pakistan off-spinner, whose British passport arrived earlier in the week, bowled Karthik to end a 177-ball innings featuring 10 fours. Gambhir's patient display ended when he was caught and bowled by Sussex stand-in skipper Michael Yardy.
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Ex-Ferrari man forced to flee
The ex-Ferrari employee at the center of the Formula One espionage drama has pleaded his innocence after being forced to flee from his home in Italy. Nigel Stepney has been the subject of an investigation by Italian police after being accused of supplying McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan with secret Ferrari technical information. But despite documents belonging to Ferrari being found in his house, Stepney has vehemently protested his innocence. "I categorically deny that I copied them [the Ferrari documents], or that I sent them to Mike Coughlan," Stepney told the British media late on Saturday. "I have no idea how anything came into Mike's possession. If he has some documents, they came from another source," he said. Stepney admitted he fears reprisals from angry Ferrari fans and safety concerns have prompted him to flee from his home in Italy to a secret location. "Ferrari is unique in Italy; it's a religion. If you go against it, it's like going against the Vatican. I'm anxious, naturally, but I haven't done anything wrong and I believe in the legal system in Italy," he said.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
TAIWANESE TO PLAY: Jason Jung faces Frederico Coria in the men’s singles first round today, while in the women’s singles, Hsieh Su-wei is to take on Barbara Haas Novak Djokovic is to renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown. The only man to beat Djokovic this year is Djokovic after the Serb’s hair-trigger temper prompted a sensational disqualification from the US Open. The 33-year-old arrives in the French capital with a 31-1 record this year after his New York brain-fade was followed by a record 36th Masters title in Rome. Djokovic’s 2016 triumph at Roland Garros allowed him to
Taiwan’s Jason Jung was knocked out of the first round of the French Open in straight sets on Sunday, while Andy Murray said it was going to be “difficult” for the former world No. 1 to reach his level of old after he also fell to a lopsided defeat by fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. Jung fell to a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) defeat to Argentina’s Federico Coria in 3 hours, 19 minutes at Roland Garros, despite hitting 55 winners. Jung served for both the first and second sets, then failed to convert two set points at 5-4 in
Michael Schumacher’s son Mick said that the prospect of Lewis Hamilton equaling the Ferrari great’s all-time record of 91 wins has given him something to aim for when he gets to Formula One. Hamilton, who replaced Michael Schumacher at Mercedes in 2013, can take his 91st victory in today’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi — a race he has won four times previously. “One sentence my dad always used to say was: ‘Records are there to be broken.’ It’s everybody’s aim in this sport to do that,” Formula Two championship leader Mick Schumacher said on Friday. “I think Lewis had a very, very