Semin signs deal extension
Russian right wing Alexander Semin has signed a two-year contract extension with the Washington Capitals, the team said on Saturday. The 23-year-old, who has played for Russia at three world championships, will stay in Washington until at least the end of the 2009-2010 season on a deal estimated to be worth US$9.2 million by local media. A native of Krasjonarsk, Semin ranked second for the Capitals last season with career-high tallies of 38 goals, 35 assists and 73 points in 77 games. He led the team and tied for fourth overall in the league with 17 power-play goals. The 13th overall pick by Washington in the 2002 NHL draft, Semin has been limited to three games this season because of an ankle injury, posting just one assist.
Molitor batters Battery
Canadian Steve Molitor posted a 12-round unanimous decision over Thai Narongrit Pirang -- better known as Fashan 3K Battery -- on Saturday to retain his International Boxing Federation super bantamweight title. Molitor won in convincing style, earning scores of 119-109 from two judges and 120-108 from the third. He made his second defense of the title he captured in November last year with a victory over Briton Michael Hunter. Molitor, 27, improved to 25-0 with 10 victories inside the distance. He was in control virtually throughout, although he was rocked by a hard left from the challenger in the seventh. The 33-year-old Thai fell to 58-9-1 and lost for the first time since being beaten by star Filippino fighter Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 11, 2004.
Aussie hits triple century
Simon Katich put his name alongside Don Bradman's in the Sydney Cricket Ground record books yesterday, scoring 306 in an Australian domestic first-class match. Katich's 351-ball innings for New South Wales against Queensland was the highest individual first-class score at the Sydney Cricket Ground since Bradman's Australian record total of 452 not out against Queensland in January 1930. The left-hander, who has lost his Australian national contract and has not played in a Test match since November 2005, shared a partnership of 334 for the fifth wicket with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. His innings helped New South Wales to reach 601 for eight declared in reply to Queensland's first innings total of 467. Katich hit 30 fours and nine sixes, giving only one difficult chance to wicketkeeper Chris Hartley on 181 off the bowling of left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson.
Kit mix-up causes chaos
A top-flight match in the Cypriot league was thrown into disarray even before a ball was kicked because one of the goalkeepers had no spare shirt. The entire APOP Kinyras Peyias squad had to change their tops on Saturday because home side Alki Larnaca's keeper Adam Vezer's blue and yellow kit clashed with theirs. To make matters worse, the APOP players had to hurriedly scrawl their squad numbers on the backs of their new shirts with a black marker pen. APOP then went on to lose the match 3-1. "We need to find a solution to the problem" said Alki vice-chairman Nicos Lillis. "But saying that, the Cyprus Football Association needs to address this problem."
As professional soccer returned to Denmark, fans used Zoom to be part of the action. Thousands of Danish soccer fans on Thursday logged on to the conferencing software and were transported to Ceres Park for a league match between AGF and Randers that heralded the resumption of the nation’s pandemic-affected soccer season. While the stadium itself was without fans, the faces of thousands of supporters who joined the Zoom call were shown on giant screens that ran along one side of the pitch. Families wearing club shirts and scarves cheered inside their living rooms. Some were seen clenching their fists in joy after
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Eleven-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown, who is hoping to become Britain’s youngest Olympian next year, fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during a training session in California. Brown posted a video of the accident on Instagram, but reassured supporters that she was fine. “I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them ... but this was my worst fall. I just want everyone to know that it’s OK — don’t worry, I’m OK,” she said. “I’m going to push boundaries for girls with my skating and surfing. I’m going for gold in 2021
It is the land of the world champions, but is it really a soccer country? That is the question that some in France have been asking this week while its European neighbors work to bring the sport back after the COVID-19 shutdown. Debate has raged ever since Ligue 1 decided in late April to bring a premature end to the season with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. By contrast, two weeks have passed since the Bundesliga restarted, while Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora on Thursday confirmed that Serie A would return on June 20, and La Liga and the English Premier