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Hamilton caught speeding
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton had his driver's license suspended for a month in France after he was caught speeding. Hamilton was clocked going 196kph in a Mercedes on the A26 highway near the northern town of Laon on Sunday night, police spokesman Arnaud Dujardin said on Tuesday. "He [Hamilton] recognized the infraction he had committed straight away," Dujardin said. "He was very courteous. The police officers then took him back to his hotel." Hamilton is banned from driving on French roads for one month.
Rooney plans honeymoon
With England not playing in next year's European Championship, Wayne Rooney is planning a honeymoon instead. The England striker intends to use the involuntary break in June to wed his longtime girlfriend, Coleen McLoughlin. "For a while we couldn't make any plans because I didn't know whether I would be playing in Euro 2008," said the Manchester United star, who has been dating McLoughlin for five years. "But when we failed to qualify, as devastating as that was, we were able to come up with some firm dates. Had England got through to the tournament then we would have married later on in the summer, but that meant we wouldn't have had a honeymoon. So I guess there is some upside to it." The couple are yet to set a date.
Valuev to face Lyakhovich
Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev of Russia will meet Sergei Lyakhovich of Belarus in Nuremberg on Feb. 16, the promotor said on Tuesday. Valuev has changed trainers since his surprise defeat to Uzbekistan's Ruslan Chagaev in April, the only defeat of his professional career, and has fought only once since, a points victory over Canadian Jean-Francois Bergeron at the end of September. "I want to get my title back and this fight against Lyakhovich will put me one step nearer," said the 2.13m, 145kg Valuev, who could get a rematch with Chagaev should he win in February.
Teen arrested in rape case
Police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with a rape investigation at a hotel being used by Manchester United players for their Christmas party. Greater Manchester police said the man surrendered for questioning and remained in custody during their inquiries. As is usual with police policy, they declined to identify him or say whether he was connected with the club. Earlier, the police said the alleged assault happened at the Great John Street Hotel in downtown Manchester, England.
Vancouver in the black
A strong Canadian dollar and sponsorship windfalls have left Vancouver's Olympic organizing committee in good financial shape. In its latest quarterly report, released on Tuesday, Vancouver's Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) said it was confident planning for the 2010 Games remained on track and on budget -- and they've even managed to save a little cash. Built into the C$580 million (US$577 million) budget for venue construction for the Games was an emergency fund that the committee was forced to access earlier in the planning process. But Tuesday's report suggested VANOC was able to funnel C$250,000 back into the fund after one venue was completed under budget.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. One of the team’s private airplanes on Thursday evening landed in Boston after returning from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to healthcare providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard met the airplane and offloaded the containers of masks onto waiting trucks for transport to warehouses for distribution. Baker secured the N95 masks from Chinese manufacturers, but had no way of getting them to the US. He
WAIT AND SEE: The estimated cost of postponement started at US$2 billion and has kept rising, but the IOC has yet to say whether it would help pay for the extra expenses Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to next year would make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged on Thursday, although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days after Tokyo’s new dates were finalized, with the Games pushed back to July 23 to Aug. 8 next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the new dates cleared up any uncertainty about the event’s future, there are still plenty of question marks as the committee begins to work with Tokyo organizers and the
MEDIA RUMORS? With no pay agreement secured and players’ representatives calling for more financial information ahead of talks, the sport had another week of bad press Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle could be sacked in a matter of days, media reported yesterday, as the embattled governing body struggles to deal with a financial crisis compounded by a shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Castle this week took a 50 percent pay cut and laid off 75 percent of Rugby Australia (RA) staff members, saying that the body would face losses of up to A$120 million (US$71.95 million) if no more rugby was played this year. With no pay agreement secured with the players and their representatives calling on RA to provide more financial information ahead of negotiations, the
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play a charity golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. CNBC, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said that the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is being organized by the PGA Tour and AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The negotiations are still being finalized, but the match pitting 15-time major champion Woods and Manning against five-time major winner Mickelson and Brady could be aired on live TV and is unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view, CNBC said. “Discussions