Chasetown stun Port Vale
English minor league club Chasetown stunned League One Port Vale 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the third round of the FA Cup for the first time. The tiny Midlands club from the Southern League -- five divisions below their opponents -- held Vale to a 1-1 away draw in their initial second-round meeting then took their scalp in the home replay when Danny Smith struck a minute from time. Chasetown, who were in the Midlands Alliance last year, will now host Cardiff City in the third round.
Tour dates announced
Next year's Tour de Taiwan, the nation's most prestigious cycling event, will be held between March 9 and March 16, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the event, the Chinese Taipei Cycling Association said at a press conference on Tuesday. The race will have eight stages and cover a distance of 861.2km, setting off from Kaohsiung and finishing in Taipei. In between, the route covers the western counties of Pingtung, Changhua, Taichung, Hsinchu and will finish at the Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei.
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Schumi takes control
Michael Schumacher can add the unofficial title of Germany's fastest taxi driver to his other achievements after taking over behind the wheel to get his family to the airport on time. The retired Formula One champion drove the cab back to the airport himself after a trip out to the village of Gehuelz, near Coburg in southern Germany, left the family short of time to make their flight home, the Muenchner Abendzeitung newspaper reported. "It was crazy having Schumi driving, with me in the passenger seat," the taxi driver was quoted as saying.
Kahn suspended by Bayern
Bayern Munich goalkeeper and captain Oliver Kahn has been suspended for one game and fined by coach Ottmar Hitzfeld on "disciplinary grounds." Neither the club nor the goalkeeper gave the reason for his suspension. "I am not so surprised," Kahn said. "I understand it. Discipline has to be the highest requirement." He was also fined 25,000 euros (US$36,500). Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer hinted that the reason for Kahn's punishment was his early departure from the team's Christmas party. "It's a time that brings the team together," Beckenbauer said on German television. "He's the captain and he can't just get up and leave early."
IOC recognition welcomed
Cricket's world chief yesterday welcomed the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) move to grant recognition to his sport, saying it would help to boost cricket's profile. "This is great news," International Cricket Council president Ray Mali said in a statement after cricket was given the status of a "recognized sport" by the IOC. "The Olympic Movement is instantly recognizable around the world and for cricket to be a part of that again has to be a good thing," he said. The IOC said on Monday that cricket was accorded this status for two years, usually granted to sports that are not part of the Olympic program but conform to its ideals of youth promotion and anti-doping policies. Cricket could receive permanent status in 2009 and then would be eligible to be part of the Olympics, as it was in the 1900 Paris Games. In the Paris Games, Britain -- represented by the Devon and Somerset Wanderers -- beat a French team mainly made up of British embassy staff.
‘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
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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