Britain's Henman to retire
Britain's Tim Henman announced his retirement from tennis on Thursday. The 32-year-old, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals four times, said his last tournament will be Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Croatia at the All England Club from Sept. 21 to Sept. 23. Henman, who turns 33 on Sept. 6, has been plagued by a back injury this year and has won just three tour matches. As a result, the former world No. 4 has seen his ranking slump to No. 92 in the world.
Kasey Keller joins Fulham
Goalkeeper Kasey Keller of the US joined Premier League side Fulham on Thursday. The length of Keller's contract and financial details were not disclosed by Fulham. The 37-year-old goalkeeper left Borussia Moenchengladbach last season after two-and-a-half years when the club was relegated to Germany's second division. "Kasey is a proven professional with impeccable international credentials," Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez said. "It's vital that we have cover in all areas throughout the squad and I think he will be a valuable asset to us over the course of the season."
IOC head praises car plan
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge yesterday praised Beijing's move to haul more than a million cars off the roads in an ambitious anti-pollution test ahead of next year's Games. Rogge had expressed serious concerns over the city's notorious smog and warned that some endurance events may have to rescheduled. "Definitely the IOC supports the move decided by BOCOG [Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games] and by the Chinese authorities," Rogge said. "This is not for the Games only, it's to reduce traffic and improve atmospheric conditions."
Expats ready to kick off
The fourth season of the Tavern Premier League will hopefully finally start tomorrow following delays due to bad weather and Typhoon Sepat. For the first time the expat teams are joined in the competition by a local Taiwanese side, Taipei Football Club. Tomorrow's fixture are Celts FC against Da'an Mixers at 9:30am; reigning champions Carnegies Taipei play. Shane FC at 11:15am; JFC meet the Taipei Eagles at 1pm; and Taipei Football Club play their first match against Taipei Black Stars FC at 2:30pm. All the games take place at the Yingfeng Sports Park, next to Dajia Riverside Park, off Bingjiang Street in Taipei (迎風河濱運動場靠近濱江街, 台北).
Chelsea sign up Belleti
Chelsea signed right back Juliano Belletti from FC Barcelona on Thursday for an undisclosed fee. The 31-year-old defender, best known for scoring the winning goal for Barcelona against Arsenal in last year's Champions League final, completed the move after agreeing to contract terms with the Blues and passing a medical test. Chelsea's signing of Belletti suggests the club has finally accepted defeat in its attempt to sign another Brazilian right back, Daniel Alves, from Sevilla. Chelsea was linked with Alves for several months and the player said he wanted to move, but the clubs could not reach agreement over a transfer. "It has all been a great surprise," Belletti said.