Dodo suspended for doping
Brazilian striker Dodo, who plays for league leaders Botafogo, bas been provisionally suspended for 30 days after testing positive for a banned substance, his club confirmed on Sunday. The 33-year-old, who earned five caps for Brazil early in his career, tested positive on June 14 after using a dieting product which contained banned substances. He was tested after his team's 4-0 win over Vasco de Gama in which he scored twice. Dodo is the second top scorer in the Brazilian league this season with seven goals in 10 matches.
Celebration proves fatal
A Vietnamese man was killed in a road accident as he drove his motorbike through Hanoi to celebrate his country's Asian Cup victory over the United Arab Emirates, police said yesterday. The man died late on Sunday when he crashed into a traffic sign. His male passenger was in serious condition in hospital, police said. Hanoi residents poured into the streets on Sunday after Vietnam's 2-0 win over the Gulf Cup champions before a raucous home crowd.
Chelsea land Malouda
Chelsea have succeeded in their bid to lure Lyon winger Florent Malouda to Stamford Bridge, the French club's president announced on Sunday. "The London club is completely in agreement with the amount we're looking for. I'm waiting for a confirmation e-mail from Chelsea's chief executive Peter Kenyon," Jean-Michel Aulas told Lyon's television channel OLTV. "It's fantastic and great news for Florent. I've just phoned him and he's going to be able to leave tonight to undergo a medical in London on Monday." Kenyon had said this week he was hoping to wrap up the signing worth 20 million euros (US$27.2 million) before Jose Mourinho's squad fly out to Los Angeles today for their pre-season tour.
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South Africa call up Britz
Western Stormers utility forward Gerrie Britz has been called up to the South Africa squad in place of injured skipper Bob Skinstad. The veteran No 8, who led the Springboks against Australia in a Tri-Nations Test in Sydney on Saturday, has a broken rib and is on his way home facing a fight to be fully fit in time for the World Cup in September. South Africa play their final southern hemisphere rugby championship match against New Zealand in Christchurch this weekend. With Springboks coach Jake White leaving 20 of his leading players home to stay fresh and recover from injuries before the World Cup, the tourists will face an uphill battle against the All Blacks. White's biggest headache now is to find a new captain. He said he will look to the Northern Bulls pair of hooker Gary Botha and flanker Wikus van Heerden, and Coastal Sharks lock Johann Muller for his new captain.
Violence mars cup tie
The Intertoto Cup match between Vetra FC and Legia Warsaw was abandoned at half-time on Sunday after Polish fans stormed the field and clashed with riot police. Vetra were leading 2-0 when hundreds of Legia Warsaw fans ran onto the field during the break, trying to tear down the goal nets and vandalizing billboards. Lithuanian TV pictures showed police in riot gear using tear gas to disperse the hooligans. One officer received minor injuries, and about 100 fans were arrested, Lithuanian police said. The referee immediately abandoned the match and it was not immediately clear whether the result would stand.
‘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
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given
‘COMPLICATED’: The 34-year-old from Spain called sitting out the tournament ‘a decision I never wanted to take,’ but added that he would ‘rather not travel’ Defending champion Rafael Nadal has said that he would skip the US Open because of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record for Grand Slam titles. On Tuesday, Nadal explained his decision in a series of tweets sent in Spanish and English. “The situation is very complicated worldwide. Coronavirus cases are increasing. It looks like we still don’t have control of it,” Nadal wrote. The 34-year-old from Spain called sitting out the tournament scheduled to begin on Aug. 31 in New York “a decision I never wanted to take,” but added that he would “rather not
The Braves were dealt a double blow as the Mets’ Jacob deGrom struck out 10 in six innings to help New York snap a five-game skid with a 7-2 victory on Monday, and as Atlanta top pitcher Mike Soroka went down with a torn Achilles tendon in the third inning. “There’s no sugarcoating this night,” Atlanta slugger Freddie Freeman said. “It stinks. It really does.” Soroka crumpled to the ground on a seemingly routine play, breaking toward first to cover the bag on a grounder to Freeman’s right. “When you lose, in my mind, one of the top pitching arms in this entire