Kenya to play A teams
Kenya will play a one-day triangular series against the A teams of India and Sri Lanka at home next month, Cricket Kenya officials said on Wednesday. The series will see the three teams play each other twice between Aug. 14 and Aug. 20 with the final being held in Nairobi on Aug. 23.
French star to miss Osaka
European men's 400m champion Marc Raquil of France has been ruled out of next month's world athletics championships after tearing a muscle in his left thigh, his manager Alain Blondel said on Wednesday. The 30-year-old will not compete in the world championships in Osaka, Japan from Aug. 25 to Sept. 2. "It's not a tragedy. His work this season hasn't been lost. He's now focusing on the 2008 season and the Olympic Games," Blondel said.
Former world champ banned
Former world champion pole vaulter Giuseppe Gibilisco was banned for two years by the Italian Athletics Federation on Wednesday for his involvement in a doping scandal. The 28-year-old was found guilty of having worked with Carlo Santuccione, an Italian doctor under investigation for supplying several high-profile sportsmen with doping products. Gibilisco is understood to have taken or having attempted to take performance-enhancing drugs. The Italian said he would be appealing against his sentence. Asked if he was bitter about his punishment having always protested his innocence, he replied: "Obviously, yes. I found myself caught up in a mess without knowing why, just because I went to see a doctor for a regular appointment."
Athletes escape punishment
The Bulgarian Athletics Federation on Wednesday refused to sanction European women's 400m champion Vanya Stambolova and high jump silver medalist Venelina Veneva after both failed dope tests. Federation president Dobromir Karamarinov claimed that there was not enough evidence to conclude that the pair had been guilty of taking banned substances. Stambolova, 23, and Veneva, 33, tested positive for excessive levels of the male hormone testosterone during an out-of-competition test on Jan. 24. They have been provisionally suspended since April. But the Bulgarian federation said that the doses of testosterone detected in the athletes' urine were just 5 percent over the norm which "could be the result of a statistical error."
Mandela match ends in draw
Past and present stars were in action in Cape Town as an African select side drew 3-3 with a World XI on Wednesday in a friendly match played in honor of former South African president Nelson Mandela's 89th birthday. Egypt's Hossan Hassan scored a goal in each half, the second, in the 50th minute, gave the Africans a 3-2 lead but former Spain and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Julen Guerrero hammered home a rebound in the 72nd minute. Chile's Ivan Zamorano got onto the end of a Ruud Gullit cross in the sixth minute and to head home easily. Three minutes later, three-time African footballer of the year Abide Pele converted a Samuel Eto'o cross. Coming on early as a sub, Hassan made an immediate impression, beating an offside trap and slipping the ball past Spanish goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta in the 30th minute. Gullit beat Arendse just before half-time to equalize a second time.
‘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,