Fighter in a coma
A South Korean boxer who lost consciousness after his WBO intercontinental flyweight bout is in a coma due to a brain injury, a hospital official said yesterday. Choi Yoi-sam lost consciousness and was rushed to a hospital shortly after winning Tuesday's contest against Indonesian challenger Heri Amol. The 33-year-old South Korean boxer was knocked down in the final round of the 12-round fight, but it was not known whether that caused him to pass out. "Choi's condition is very bad. He is in a coma," said Lee Mi-jong, a spokesman at Soonchunhyang University Hospital in Seoul. The boxer had surgery on Tuesday to stop the swelling of his brain, he said.
McGrady gets good news
The sore knee that forced Houston Rockets swingman Tracy McGrady out of a game on Sunday involves no structural damage to the joint, the Houston Chronicle reported on its Web site on Tuesday. "There was no structural damage," said Rockets trainer Keith Jones of the results of an MRI exam. "There was some inflammation in the tendon by the kneecap where the tendon starts. That's really it. Now, we stay aggressive with it. We'll change a few things and get it stronger and see where it goes. He's still day-to-day, and we'll see what happens." McGrady was originally hurt his left knee on Dec. 15 in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks. On Sunday, the 28-year-old left at half-time against Detroit after aggravating the injury. McGrady said on Sunday that he likely won't play tomorrow at Memphis.
Osim leaves intensive care
Japan's former national team coach Ivica Osim has left intensive care and started rehabilitation after suffering a serious stroke last month, local media reported. The 66-year-old Bosnian collapsed while climbing the stairs at his home after watching soccer on television and was in a coma for some time. "He's in higher spirits than I would have imagined," Japan Football Association General Secretary Kozo Tashima told reporters on Tuesday after visiting Osim. Tajima was also forced to break the news that Osim had been replaced as coach by Takeshi Okada, 51, who previously served in the same job 10 years ago. Osim's family had previously insisted information about his successor be kept from him until he was on the road to recovery, Kyodo news agency said. "He's a very intelligent person, so I believe he is able to remain objective," Tashima told reporters.
Vietnam lines up Brazilian
Vietnam has granted citizenship to a Brazilian-born goalkeeper enabling him to play for the national team, officials said yesterday. Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet signed a decision on Tuesday to grant citizenship to Fabio Dos Santos, a player with Dong Tam Long An in the topflight V-League, the club's executive director Pham Phu Hoa said. Santos, 27, is the first foreign soccer player to be granted Vietnamese citizenship, Hoa said. He has been playing for Dong Tam Long An for the past five years. "Santos is Vietnam's best goalkeeper at the moment, and his chances of being called for the national squad are very high," Hoa said. Tran Quoc Tuan, the general secretary of the Vietnam Football Federation, praised the decision. "This is very good for Vietnam's soccer," Tuan said. "It reflects that V-League is very attractive to foreign players. It may pave the way for other foreign players to join Vietnamese citizenship.
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
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
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